Golden Calf, The
Golden Calf, The: the idol made by the Jews when it appeared to them that Moses would not be coming down from Mount Sinai
Moses transmitted the Torah from its heavenly source to the people below, but Aaron actually caused the Divine Presence to come down to earth.
Even though Moses transmitted the Torah from its heavenly source to the people below, it is Aaron who actually caused the Divine Presence to come down to earth.
A Taste of Text—Ki Tisa
When one partner betrays the other, for reconciliation to occur, each must feel that “we are so connected that you mean more to me than whatever it was that you did.”
A Taste of Text—Tetzaveh
When “giving in” can actually help you achieve what you essentially want.
Women and Rosh Chodesh
Why is Rosh Chodesh, the holiday that marks the entry of a new Jewish month, considered a "women's holiday"?
After such an interface with the Divine, how could they have transferred their loyalty to an idol? The Talmud responds by telling us that the Jews were, in fact, above this unseemliness. So what happened?
Kabbalah and the Bible - Ki Tisa
Less than forty days after experiencing divine revelation at Sinai, the Jewish people sin in worshiping the golden calf. It seems inexplicable that they completely deny G-d after all they had just experienced.
If Torah says that the episode of the Golden Calf is an "uplifting" story, then that is indeed the case. So what is the deeper meaning that lies behind the seemingly deceiving title?
Can’t Biblical heroes make mistakes too?
I am thoroughly annoyed with rabbinic interpretations. There seems to be total whitewashing of the stories, just to make the heroes look sinless. Can’t there be a human side to the story too?
Moses made demands of the people; when necessary, he rebuked them. A docile calf would do no such thing...
Ki Tisa Parshah Report
Gefilte Fish gives an in-depth analysis of the Golden Calf, explains the importance of not worshipping idols, and complains about the lack of Fresca in the IKS studio.
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