Vayakeil-Pekudei

“God has proclaimed by name, Betzalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.”
~ Exodus 35:1

Thirteen-year-old Betzalel was chosen to supervise the Tabernacle’s construction.

Formal Jewish names typically add just the parent, so why trace Betzalel’s genealogy back three generations and include his tribe?

Because both Betzalel’s grandfather and his tribe achieved greatness through self-sacrifice: Hur died trying to stop the Golden Calf; and Judah walked into the sea neck-high until it split. Continuing the family-tradition, Betzalel’s sublime wisdom was a result of self-sacrifice.

Greatness only shines through when we get out of the way.

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