Parshas Vayakel

Parshas Vayakel

By Rabbi Shmuel Gluck

Hashem tells Moshe Rabbeinu “Re’ey Korosi B’sheim, see that I am calling (Betzalel) by name. The expression Re’ey, to see, isn’t found elsewhere when appointing someone to a position. Why is it used here? Rav Moshe Feinstein offers the following explanation:

All people are given a mixture of strengths. Hashem’s intention is for people to use those strengths for the sake of others. Nevertheless, people have Bechirah (free choice) to use those strengths for personal, positive, or destructive, purposes. However, people must remember that when their strengths are not used for the Rotzon Hashem, they will be held accountable.

A person who has been given wealth, a beautiful voice, patience, or a good sense of humor, was given them for obvious reasons. People must use those strengths to fulfill the Rotzon Hashem.

Hashem tells Moshe Rabbeinu, Re’ey, because it’s clear to see, why Betzalel was appointed. He showed the greatest level of architecture, construction, and leadership, skills in Klal Yisroel. They would have been given to him only to build the Mishkon. A person who has been given wealth, a beautiful voice, patience, or a good sense of humor, was given them for obvious reasons. People must use those strengths to fulfill the Rotzon Hashem.

People should take inventory of their strengths, and dedicate a portion of them for the greater good. Understanding what an individual’s mission is, in this world, is sometimes difficult but, in order to succeed in life it becomes very necessary.

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