Mori V'Rabi Hagaon Reb Shlomo Miller Shlita told us:
"The Velt has two misconseptions on Gedolim
1) A Godol can't make mistakes.
2) If they make a mistake they are not a Godol anymore.
Both statements are untrue."
In this week’s Parsha (Vayakhel) one of the Gedolei Hameforshim, made a mistake with the translation of the Vav of Veosoh Betzalel. (Shmos 36 – 1)
The arrangement of the Tenach into Kapitlach (chapters)
was done by the Christian church in the 12th century .
There is no uniform system, where a new chapter begins or ends.
At the end of chapter Shmos 35 it says how Moshe spoke to
the Bnei Yisroel about Betzalel’s Chachma that Hashem gave him, to do the Meleches Hamishkan.
A new chapter begins at Shmos 36 – 1 “ V’osoh Betzalel – Kol Meleches Avodas Hakodesh”.
Because a new chapter begins here, one of the Gedolei Hameforshim, mistakenly translated And Betzalel made (past tense) – (vav hachibur)
The Targum Onkeles was also changed from V’yabeid
(He shall do) to Vavad (He did). The Ibn Ezrah (36 -1) and Rashi in Ms.Makos 12a both say , V’osoh is a command
( future) And Betzalel shall make etc. V’osoh is a continuation from the previous chapter.(mehapech + chibur)
In the name of the M’hril Diskin it is said “When you are
Ma’avir Sidrah you should say in the Targum V’yabeid and not the way it is printed in the Chumashim* “ Vavad” otherwise you won’t be yotzei Shnayim Mikrah.
*The new Oz Vehodor Chumashim corrected the
Targum to V'Yabeid.