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Moses descends Mt. Sinai and shockingly encounters the Jewish people worshipping the golden calf. Tune in to discover how Moses dealt with his people's betrayal of G-d.

Ki Tisa – Anger Management

Ki Tisa – Anger Management


In this week's parshah, Moses descends Mt. Sinai and discovers the shock of his life: the Jewish People are dancing and worshipping before the golden calf. What did Moses do? How did he react to this frightful scene?

Tune into this week's Parshah Cast to discover how Moses dealt with his people's betrayal of G-d, and why his destroying of the world’s most precious and holy object contains the most powerful and eternal message of return.

G-d thanked him for his daring deed, and so will you!

Rabbi Benny Rapoport is director of Chabad's Jewish Discovery Center in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He has lived in the Scranton/Abington area with his wife and family since the fall of 2000.
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Discussion (3)
March 6, 2015
I admit, I'm missing the anger management issue, or maybe I'm not
could you please elaborate further on the issue of anger management
many times in judaism the answers are so subtle that we don't realize we were actually given the answer(s) - as in this parsha itself, The Luchos are the biggest answers needed in our lives, we didn't wait (there was no mitzvah in the aseres hadibrot: thou shall be patient) so they didn't wait for Moshe nor for the luchot habrit and must have needed a new set of tablets we can deal with
Impatience often leads to anger
was it 'management' in that Moshe's anger was 'contained' in that he actually prayed and begged to 'save' these people? intending this to lead him to calming his own anger & disappointment ?
from all my years of asking Rebbeim just what was Moshe punished for, no one knows for sure - perhaps we don't really need to know, it may be a private issue between him and G-d, another good lesson for all of us to learn to mind our own business about private matters
March 13, 2009
to Solomon
1. the essential bond is not one outwardly but inwardly 2. A zealousness to hate evil like Hophni. 3. Moshe was not punished for anger. He was punished for not sanctifing G-d at the rock of water. 4. Anger is appropriate as sin is worthy of death and anger would motivate the repentance necessarry
San Jose, ca
March 11, 2009
Anger Managment?
Thank you Rabbii for this beautiful thought.

I have questions: (1) How do we see from the breaking of the tablets that the essential bond was not broken by what the Jews did? (2) How is the breaking of the tablets proper anger management? (3) Don't we see from other instances that Moshe had anger problems, for which he was punished? Why was't this another instance? (4) Why did the message have to be conveyed with anger?
Solomon J.
Brooklyn, NY
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