Is real estate development a Jewish thing?
Well, sure, we all know more than a few Jewish real estate developers. So yes, real estate development is a common Jewish endeavor. That’s as far as physical real estate goes. But here we are asking about spiritual real estate development. Is that a Jewish thing?
Well, let me tell you – this type of real estate development is more Jewish than a knish.
Just as physical real estate requires experts in their fields, equipped with very unique tools, to make a project happen, so does spiritual real estate require experts in their fields, equipped with very unique tools, to make a project happen.
You, I, and every Jew are the experts, the architects, the contractors, the engineers, the developers who turn plots of fallow land into gleaming skyscrapers, more emphasis on “sky” than “scraper.”
Our tools are described in this week’s Torah reading – which talks about Betzalel, the head of the Sanctuary Construction Project – and these tools are: Wisdom (Chochmah), Insight (Binah), and Knowledge (Da’at).
These are the tools by which God created the largest real estate project in history – the Universe! And these are the tools we all use to develop our own personal universes.