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Ki Tissa–Take a Census

10th week
Shabbat Readings and Commentary
Ki Tissa–Take a Census – Exodus 30:11–34:35 and Ezekiel 36:16-38
by Michael Schneider

In this week’s Torah portion we learn about the Children of Israel’s gravest sin: Worship of the Golden Calf.

They were impatient and simply couldn’t wait for Moses to return from Mt. Sinai. At a time without a leader, the Israelites looked for quick and easy solutions instead of waiting for the eternal spiritual promises.

. God forewarned Moses before coming down the mountain with the Law. He used the wordsh’ehitut – corruption “ki shihet ha-am” (because the people are corrupt), when describing the situation. Israel also suffers today from spiritual corruption, resulting from the lack of a godly leader.



One Response to “Ki Tissa–Take a Census”

  1. […] With regard to reproaches, with a.m. article we would have instigated hatred against Islam, it seemed important to us to put this right. For the reconciliation of God‘s in principle as blessing thought self understanding for each person – especially before the background of this weeks Parasha (weekly portion of the Torah) [Exodus 30:11- 34,35] – are we well advised, to call „a child by name“. This German proverb, that we need to look at this point deeper, should help us to see matters in the right light, so to say from God‘s point of view. […]