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A calamitous confusion

In this week’s Parasha we are told of the terrible calamity of the worshipping of the golden calf. As Moshe Rabbenu receives the luchot from Hashem atop Har Sinai he is told Shemot (32:7) ‘Lech red ki shichet amecha – Go descend for…

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A Promise is a Promise

It was the gravest sin that the people could have committed. Standing at the foot of Har Sinai, waiting for Moshe to return with the luchos, they gathered around Aharon and demanded עֲשֵׂה־לָנוּ אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר יֵלְכוּ לְפָנֵינוּ – Make us gods…

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Gather around

The Jews had waited for what they thought was 40 days. Where was Moshe? So they panicked and made the famous Eigel Hazahav – Golden Calf. This week we take out two Sifrei Torah. The first is for the regular weekly portion,…

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Learning to Forgive

Parashat Ki Tissa, begins cheerily enough with descriptions of the Mahatsit HaShekel (the silver half-coin for taking a census) and the command to construct a washing laver placed between the outside of the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) and the Sacrificial Altar. It includes…

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