Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Judaism's Egalitarian Instincts


"Great and small are equal before Gd. Betzalel was from Yehudah [the royal tribe] and Ahaliav was from Dan [a tribe of lesser standing], and one was paired with the other [to build the mishkan].

"R’ Chanina said: Great and small are equal… The Mishkan was created by these two tribes. So was the Beit haMikdash – Solomon from Yehudah, with Chiram, 'the son of a widow from the tribe of Naftali.'"

(Midrash, Sh'mot Rabbah 40:4)

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