Parashat Vayakhel, in addition to talking about spoons again, fulfills the complement to nadiv lev - a spirit of a generous heart in providing the money and valuable materials for building the mishkan. An abundance of money and materials had been received and now the skilled laborers were to fashion them into the tools for creating the holy space (Shemot/Exodus 36).
The skilled laborers are women teasing a nod to Women’s History Month in March (Shemot/Exodus 35:25-26) and then Betzalel and Oholiav are named, along with all those who were endowed with wisdom of heart: וְכֹ֣ל אִ֣ישׁ חֲכַם־לֵ֗ב.
The Torah’s demarcation of skilled laborers as those who are endowed with wisdom of heart is an excellent way to bring gratitude and awe to all those who worked to make this last month of Kadima activity burn so warm and so bright. To the Kadima board - incoming, outgoing, and persistently present throughout Kadima Board Leadership Transition Month - thank you. To all those who brought consultation, resources, presence, and spirit to our ongoing honoring of Black History and Futures Month - thank you. To all those who brought their care, skills, generosity, listening, patience, soup, and grace for our Disability Justice Batei Midrash/Learning Sessions (👈🏼click there for all the resources or to add your own) - thank you.
As we enter a new month - Adar Bet, Women’s History Month, March - may our joy increase. What are you celebrating, and what can we celebrate together?! [Spoiler, The Purim Are Coming! Sign up here to read megillah in your favorite language at our Low-Stim Virtual Multilingual Megillah Reading!]