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Weekly Torah Talk:
This week we read the portion of Ki Tisa, the story of the Golden Calf. While Moses is up on Mt. Sinai receiving the 10 commandments the Israelites start to worry he’s not coming back. And so, while God is carving the words “You shall have no other gods besides Me, nor make any image of them” into a stone tablet, the faithless people persuade his brother Aaron to make them an idol of gold, a calf, that they can call their new god. Pleased with the result, they worship it and then throw a big party, a bacchanal, a carnival, Mardi Gras in the Sinai.
Coming down the mountain, Joshua and Moses hear the noise from the camp below, and are astonished. Joshua thinks it must be the sound of battle, but Moses knows what a party sounds like when he hears it. And when Moses sees all the cavorting, and the Chosen People worshipping a golden idol, he throws down the sacred stone tablets of the commandments, shattering them. The music and dancing stop suddenly. It is a shocking scene. Read More.
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