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Pekudei: Parts of a Whole

If you are interested in Torah trivia, you’re likely familiar with this Yedios Klaliyos question: Who was the primary architect for the Mishkan? The presumed answer seems to greet us in the second pasuk of this week’s Parsha (38:22), “U’Betzalel ben Uri ben Chur…Asah es kol asher tzivah Hashem es Moshe,” Betzalel, son of Uri, grandson of Chur, oversaw the building of the Mishkan and is credited with its construction. Yet a cursory glance at this Parsha, as well as the preceding Parshios describing the building of the Mishkan, belies this simple answer.

Ramban (38:22) notes that the