3 You speak to all the wise of heart that have been filled with the spirit of wisdom; they will make the clothing of Aaron to consecrate him to be a priest for me.Exodus 28
The fruits of wisdom: Who is wise of heart? (Not mind, mind you, heart…) They are the ones whose passion matches the skills they have for making things. They are driven to build bridges, craft fine jewelry and build new pieces of furniture. They design and create systems for detecting light or gravitational waves. Not only do these wise of heart perceive how to accomplish their task, but they also have the determination to complete it.
3 With wisdom a house will be built and understanding it is prepared; 4 And with knowledge the rooms will be filled with all precious and pleasant things.Proverbs 24
The wise of heart are not idle, ivory-tower scholars but people with hands and minds that know how to fashion tangible things. They may never write an essay on the meaning of life, but they make the things in the world a little more connected and a little finer tuned because they know how to smooth rough edges where needed– instinct guides them to work precisely.
21 The wise-hearted will be called perceptive …
23 The wise-hearted will speak judiciously; and his lips will increase knowledge.Proverbs 16
How do the wise of heart emerge?
Like the feeling of summer breeze, winds steadily rise and fall as clouds move lazily across the sky.
Like the steady illumination of the world at sunrise on a clear new day.
Like light and gravitational waves* spreading over our world from somewhere deep in the universe.
Why is this type of wisdom significant?
Simply ask why we need to cross rivers or wear necklaces or rest in rocking chairs…
These things are more singular and remarkable than we realize because of the precious wise of heart that use their skills and talents to transport us into different ways of connecting to life.
We meet so few of these people. Anyone you pass on the street might be such a person…we all might have some of that wisdom and understanding.
So the world rests on us all…
16 Neither are you obliged to finish all of the work, nor are you at liberty to desist from it.Pirkei Avot 2
Midrash Harabah and English translations by Rabbi Gail Shuster-Bouskila ©2021
36 He (one of the wise-hearted) made there four pillars of acacia wood, which he overlaid with gold, and hooks of gold; he cast four sockets of silver for them.Exodus 36