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G-d’s presence didn’t rest in the Tabernacle until they offered atonement for the Golden Calf. Now, the Golden Calf didn’t deny G-d’s existence; it merely rejected the idea that a person could relate to G-d directly.
After receiving forgiveness for the sin of the golden calf, G-d instructs the Jewish people to make a home for Him on earth: the mishkan. Why was gold so prominently used in the sanctuary if it caused such a grave sin.
Why Moses broke the tablets, and its everlasting message for each of us
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?
A 1972 Farbrengen marking the Yahrzeit of the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson.
During this Chassidic gathering, the Rebbe focuses on an enigmatic statement of Rashi: “The passing of the righteous is difficult for G-d like the breaking of the Tablets.” What connection is there between the two? Is there anything positive in the breaki...
The Talmud on preparing for the giving of the Torah
In this Talmud class we analyze the rest of the actions Moshe Rabbeinu appears to have unilaterally ordained, in addition to adding an extra day of preparation for Revelation at Sinai. See just how Moses, the unparalleled master prophet deduced the will o...
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 Moses needed to shatter the Tablets of Stone
When Moses descended Mount Sinai and saw the people worshipping a golden calf, he shattered the Ten Commandments.
Just how do you propose to run a nation if not modeled on the cosmic pyramid?
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