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Ki Tisa Videos

What's Good About Mistakes?
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.”
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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.
Are You Sure You Are in a Healthy Relationship?
Avoid the big mistake of the golden calf
When Moses Became Flustered
Parshat Ki Tissa
Moses questioned how a compulsory offering could achieve atonement. What he learned changes our basic understanding of human decency.
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Why Moses broke the tablets, and its everlasting message for each of us
Torah in Ten: Ki Tisa
Topics include: How the half shekel donation rectified the masculine aspect of the soul, why we have ten fingers and ten toes, and Aaron as a reincarnation of Abraham’s brother Haran.
The Second Tablets
Something Spiritual on Parshat Ki-Tisa
Never write yourself off as a failure and not worthy before G-d.
Stay Connected
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Stay Connected
Soul Boost for Parshat Ki Tisa
Show Me Your Glory!
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Show Me Your Glory!
In the aftermath of the golden calf
In response to Moses's request, "Reveal to me Your Glory", G-d shows him His 'back', which Rashi explains to mean the "knot of G-d's tefillin". This class will address the inner meaning of this and the message of hope it conveys for all of us. (Likutei Sichos, vol. 21)
Sacred Mirrors
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Sacred Mirrors
The Laver in the Holy Temple
A deeper meaning to why the copper wash-basin in the Temple was made from mirrors used by the Jewish women to beautify themselves throughout their slavery in Egypt.
Two Altars - Two Hearts
Two altars -- one inner, one outer; one of gold, one of copper -- as they correspond to two very different versions of our emotional experience of life.
Morning Handwashing
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Morning Handwashing
Practical Parshah—Ki Tisa
The priests would wash their hands in the laver (“kiyor”) each morning before working in the Temple. What are the laws of the morning handwashing ritual?
Is Technology Kosher?
Life Lessons from Parshat Ki-Tisa
The sin of the Golden Calf is from the greatest tragedies in Jewish history. Examining the status of gold in the Torah serves as a model for the proper approach to new discoveries in technology.
How Does Evil Get Its Power?
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Ki-Tisa
In this portion, we read G-d's Thirteen Attributes of Mercy: "G-d, G-d, compassionate G-d and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth, preserver of kindness for two thousand generations. " In the word "notzar" (preserver of kindness) the letter nun is unusually large. Later in the portion, G-d prohibits the Jews from serving "another god." The letter reish in the word "acher" (other) is also unusually large. What is the meaning of these large letters?
G-d's Face
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G-d's Face
How to Study Torah - Ki Tisa
Moses asked G-d "show me Your Glory" to which G-d responded, "No man can see Me and live." Does G-d have a face? What does it mean to see G-d? What did Moses want and what did he end up getting?
The Sin of the Golden Calf
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.
Parsha Gems: Ki-Tisa
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Parshah Mnemonics: Ki-Tisa
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Ki Tisa contains 139 verses and the mnemonic for is the name ‘Chananel’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
Why in Heaven Did Moses Break the Tablets?!
Parshah Curiosities: Ki Tisa
Upon learning of the grave sin of the golden calf, Moses descends the mountain and breaks the tablets. Why the need to break the tablets, instead of simply not giving them to the Jewish people?
The Mysterious Incense
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The Mysterious Incense
Parshah Curiosities: Ki-Tisa
The most sacred service in the Holy Temple is the ‘Ketoret’ or incenses. Discover incredible secrets of this strange blend made of assorted aromatic herbs and drugs. How was this mysterious compound of holy hallucinogens created? This class may elevate your consciousness and possibly even shed light on the debate over legalizing marijuana today!
Piecing Shekel Secrets Together
Eyeing the Half-Shekel giving that enables national-census taking, we see Moses being shown a fiery coin; begging the obvious question: why the superfluous visual aid? A full investigation of this conundrum leads us into a passionate place of parallel perspectives. The emergent emphasis on incomplete pieces seems entirely incompatible with characteristic Mitzvah perfection and wholesomeness. Layers of fascinating insight unfold, providing extraordinary clarity and a profoundly inspiring and enriching spiritual message for the ages!
On Keeping Clean
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On Keeping Clean
As committed Jews in an imperfect world, we’re constantly trying to balance our mundane responsibilities with our spiritual aspirations. We’re even encouraged to engage with the world to transform it into a G-dly place.
How Bad Is Your Worst Desire?
The only thing to be done with sinful behavior is to stop it, to repent for it, and never to return to it. As for the power of desire that leads to the sin, it has significantly more positive possibilities.
Can Pure Lust Ever Be Truly Pure?
The sensual aspect of human existence is heavy with potential for impure doings. And yet this same potential holds the secret of the copper laver used by the Kohanim to wash their hands and feet in preparation for their holy services in the Mishkan.
Mayanot Moment - Ki Tisa
The opening words of this parshah -- "Lift up the head and give..." -- as an instruction to become elevated to a higher state of consciousness by giving to others. Presenter: Rabbi Glass
It Takes All Kinds
Growing Weekly: Parshat Ki-Tisa
What Does the Silver Half Shekel Signify?
An examination of Rashi’s commentary on contributing a half shekel and a closer look at some discrepancies between our printed version of Rashi and an ancient manuscript housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Divine Double Talk
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Divine Double Talk
The Ten Commandments Are Only for Moses?
Our Sages explain that the Ten Commandments were stated in the second person singular, rather than the plural, in order to provide Moses with an argument in defense of the Jewish People after they had worshipped the Golden Calf: Moses would be able to, and in fact did, argue that the commandment forbidding idolatry was addressed to him alone and not the people! This class will address this apparently bizarre defense and will shed light on the deeper nature of idolatry and its antidote.
Holiness and Purity
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Holiness and Purity
Parsha Ki-Tisa
According to Jewish law, one must wash each morning before prayers just like the priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. What is the difference between washing for holiness and washing for purity? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 31, p. 184.)
Washing Before Prayer
Parsha Ki-Tisa
The priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. This is the basis for our washing before prayer. We study two applications of this law, one in Maimonides and one in the rulings of R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi.
A Half Dollar of Fire
Giving the Half Shekel
Five layers of meaning to the mitzvah of giving half a shekel.
Parshah Insights: Ki-Tisa
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
The Extraordinary Power of Ketoret
Parshah Curiosities
The most sacred and powerful service in the Holy Temple was the offering of the Ketoret incenses (even transcending the animal sacrifices). Explore the mystical dimension of this exceptional offering of anomic fragrances that have the transformative properties.
Why Was Moses Masked?
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Why Was Moses Masked?
Parshah Curiosities: Ki-Tisa
Live for Now or for Later
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Live for Now or for Later
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the sacred Anointing Oil
When the Torah makes a seemingly innocuous comment on how to prepare the oil to anoint the Mishkan and its implements, Rashi uses that insight as a catalyst to explore two fundamental viewpoints on whether Judaism focuses on the present or its potential outcomes.
Meat & Milk Repetition
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Meat & Milk Repetition
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the duplicate prohibition
The Torah repeats the law against mixing meat and milk in this Torah portion. Rashi explains what new insight the Torah expects us to gain from the repetition.
Learning the Haftorah: Ki Tisa, Part 1
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Learning the Haftorah: Ki Tisa, Part 2
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Fiery Coin
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Fiery Coin
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 16, Ki Sisa
The nuclear power of a Jewish soul, as reflected in the incredible story of the half shekel.
Anointing Oil
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Anointing Oil
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 16, Ki Sisa
Does Judaism focus more on the now or on the future? Examining the two divergent views of Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbi Meir and their unique applications.
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Ki Tisa: 7th Portion
Ki Tisa – Anger Management
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.
How Can Divine Forgiveness Be Purchased?
In the Book of Exodus, the Jewish people are instructed to contribute a half-shekel coin towards the building of the tabernacle as “atonement for their souls,” and the commentaries explain that it atoned for the grievous sin of the golden calf.
Respectful Disagreement
Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 7
True peace is apparent only between people who have opposite perspectives and still manage to live in harmony with each other. Guest Expert: Chana Weisberg. (From “Messages”—Season 4, Episode 7)
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