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Ki Tissa 5784

Truth or Consequences! Parashah Ki Tissa begins with the LORD telling Moses: ‘When you take a census of the children of Israel… every man shall give ‘kaper nafsho l’YHVH’– a ransom (literally a cover) for his soul to the LORD … so that there will be no plague among them…”  I wondered about this plague. […]

Parashat Ki Tisa 5782

We are each Responsible for Our Actions! 16 Adar 5782 For today’s parashah, Ki Tisa, I would like to focus on the Egel Zahav, the Golden Calf. Chapters 32-34 deals with the sin of Israel at the very beginning of their relationship with the Creator. To put this into context, the Israelites had been brainwashed by […]

Parashat Ki Tisa 5781

22 Adar 5781 You Matter to God This portion Ki Tissa covers a variety of topics such as: The half-shekel for the sanctuary, the bronze wash basin, the anointing oil and the incense, Bezalel and Oholiab, the Shabbat, the two tablets of the covenant, the golden calf, the mandate to leave Sinai, the (Ohel Moed), […]

Parashat Ki Tisa 5780

Do Not Look for Excuses! Parashat Ki Tisa begins “when you take a census…” referred to the counting of the men, 20 years and older, who would serve in the Israeli army, demonstrating the confidence that we had in our own strength. The Creator asked Israel “not” to take a census unless He specifically called […]