54. אָמַר לוֹ, סוֹד הוּא כָּאן. יְהוּדָה הָיָה מִצַּד הַשְּׂמֹאל, וְחָזַר וְנִדְבַּק בַּיָּמִין, וְעַל זֶה בְּצַד זֶה נַעֲשָׂה הַמִּשְׁכָּן. הִתְחִיל מִצַּד שְׂמֹאל, וְנִדְבַּק בְּצַד יָמִין, וְאַחַר כָּךְ נִכְלָל זֶה בָּזֶה וְנַעֲשָׂה הַכֹּל יָמִין. כְּמוֹ כֵן הַתּוֹרָה מַתְחִילָה מִשְּׂמֹאל וְנִדְבֶּקֶת בְּיָמִין, וְנִכְלָל זֶה בָּזֶה וְנַעֲשֶׂה הַכֹּל יָמִין. רְאוּבֵן הִתְחִיל מִיָּמִין וְסָטָה לִשְׂמֹאל, וְנָסְעוּ עִמּוֹ שְׁאָר הַשְּׁבָטִים שֶׁהֵם שְׂמֹאל, מִשּׁוּם שֶׁהִתְחִיל מִיָּמִין וְסָטָה לִשְׂמֹאל.
Rabbi Yossi and Rabbi Yitzchak were walking on the way. Rabbi Yossi asks why the Holy One Blessed be He wanted Betzalel to do the work of the Tabernacle more than any other person in Israel. His friend answers that is was so because his name was Betzalel, בצלאל. This name is the name of Chessed. When we read it as בצל אל, that means ‘in the Shadow of God’
“לְכוּ חֲזוּ מִפְעֲלוֹת יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר שָׂם שַׁמּוֹת בָּאָרֶץ.”
“Come, behold the works of YHVH, Who has made desolations (Also ‘names’) in the earth.”
The Holy One Blessed be He made names on earth to do the work in this world. The names people use in this world come from the ‘mouth’ of Hashem.
There is a secret here. Yehuda was from the Left side because he has the aspect of Malchut that is built from the Left. Yehuda started on the Left and then united and included the Right. Because of that, the Tabernacle was built on the Right.
Similarly, the Torah that is Tiferet, started from the Left, Gevurah. Then connected to the Right that is Chessed and together they became Right.
Reuven that was on the Right, Chessed. Under his flag in the camp of Israel, he took the tribes of Shimon and Gad that are on the Left.
The Zohar’s explanation about why Betzalel was chosen to do the work of the Tabernacle is discussed by many Kabbalists. The Hebrew letters represent channels of Light from above that manifest on earth. The name of a person defines the lights that can be expressed through his soul. When we connect to the Torah and precepts we expand our vessel by becoming an extension of the Torah with less limits.
The Holy Ari was called ‘The divine Rabbi Yitzchak’ because his soul and entire being was Torah on the highest level. Even though Yizchak is a name with roots on the Left, he was completely ‘Right’.
The name may express strengths and weaknesses, but Torah studies give us only strength.