Vayakhel: Learning vs. Doing.

3.12 Vayakhel: Learning vs. Doing.

Written by cheri

A sentence from this week’s Torah Portion, Vayakhel, states “And every wise person among you should come and do all that God has commanded.” (Ex. 35:10)

imgresThe founder of Hassidism, the Baal Shem Tov, said, “There is no wisdom like the wisdom of action.”

One of our NCJHS course offerings is Wisdom. A key requirement is that a new wisdom, chosen from many studied and discussed in class, must be applied to one’s life each week. Judaism, especially, must be lived, and not just studied.

As Solomon ibn Gabirol states, “The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.”

The wise Master Jedi, Yoda, imparted Vayakhel’s wisdom to Luke Skywalker this way, “Do. Or, not do.  There is no try.”

We must do, not just think.

-Rabbi David Vorspan, Rabbi-in-Residence

Rabbi David Vorspan

Rabbi David Vorspan