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Creativity and Craftsmanship - 3/23/17

This week's double-parashah recounts the hard work and communal effort it took to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness. Moshe explains that God selected Betzalel by name to be the artisan responsible for crafting, weaving, and embroidering the vessels and structure necessary for the Mishkan. Hashem chooses Betzalel as craftsman-in-chief because of his unique wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Despite growing up with exposure only to bricks and mortar, Betzalel possesses an uncanny ability to work with precious metals and gems, fine linen and threads. He has honed his natural talents and has learned the skills to create anew. Endowed with a name that means "in the shadow of God," Betzalel shadows God's role as Creator. By fusing disparate materials and integrating resources in novel ways, Betzalel uses his creativity to fashion the objects dedicated to serving our Creator.
The past two weeks at school we have been showcasing the creativity and craftsmanship of young artists from across the independent school network in Dallas. This coming Sunday we will honor those who explore new ideas, worlds, and combinations through art. Please join us at Akiba as 23 independent schools celebrate the creative process at our Private School Art Invitational awards ceremony and reception from 2-3:30 p.m.

Shabbat Shalom,
Tammie Rapps
Head of School