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    The wise king – T’rumah

    King Solomon, from a Bible card, 1896

    The haftarah begins (I Kings 5:26) by telling us that the Almighty gave Solomon wisdom.

    In what way does this statement link up with the sidra with all its multifarious architectural details?

    According to Kimchi, it was in the great building projects which Solomon undertook that his wisdom was shown.

    Wisdom is not the same as learning. It is practical planning and implementation. What you build, the way you build, the overall vision for the series of buildings that you undertake, all are evidence of your practical capacity.

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