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    Me & my grandfather – Vayakhel

    Bezalel, by James Tissot, c. 1896

    Building the tabernacle required an architect. His name was Betzalel, a name with a special interest for me because a later descendant was my grandfather Betzalel, after whom I am named Betzalel in Hebrew.

    Not that my grandfather or I were architects, but we both tried to live up to the standards of the original Betzalel, whose name means “in the shadow of God”, knowing that people would judge us against the piety and creativity of our distinguished ancestor.

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