All whose hearts moved them …
All who were skilled – with “wise hearts” …
All built the Mishkan —
Everyone whose heart so moves them shall bring gifts for God
Let all among you who are skilled come and make all the God has commanded
The Hebrew word לב (lev = heart) is used 14 times in Vaya’kheil, the first of this week’s double portion. Seven times related to gifts brought for the Mishkan (as in verse 5 above), and seven times about the actual work done to build the Mishkan (as in verse 10 above)
Verse 5: כל נדיב לבו (kol n’div libo) – all those with generous hearts.
Verse 10: כל חכם לב (kol chacham lev) – all those with wise hearts
For donors and for builders and for artists, for all who contribute in any way to the creation of a holy space, the effort should come from the heart.
With the reading of this week’s double portion, we complete the book of Exodus. So we say:
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