Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisdom to the Wise

"He has imbued him with the spirit of God, with wisdom, with insight, and with knowledge, and with [talent for] all manner of craftsmanship" Vayakhel 35:31

The Midrash Rabbah states that Betzalel must have already possessed an extraordinary degree of wisdom even before he was blessed, for Hashem does not bestow wisdom upon an individual unless he is already wise.  This is as the verse states: "He gives wisdom to the wise" [Daniel 2:21]

To what can this be compared?  To a man who wanted to buy wine, oil, or honey, and walked into a store with an empty jug in hand.  If the storekeeper is intelligent, he does not have to ask the customer which of the three he wants to purchase.  All he needs to do is smell the man's jug; if it gives off the scent of wine, then he has come to purchase wine.  If, however, the scent is that of honey, then he has come to buy honey.

So it is with wisdom. When Hashem sees a person that has some wisdom, He fills him with more!

Source: Rabbi Y. Bronstein

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