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This Weeks Torah Portion "Ki Tissa"

Summary:

The Israelites have encountered G-d at Mount Sinai, where they heard the opening words of the Ten Commandments: “It is I Who brought you out of slavery; you shall no longer worship idols, images of the forces of nature… " Moses remains atop the mountain to learn God’s Torah, the “fine print” of the Ten Commandments.  He descends 40 days later and discovers, to his dismay, that the people have been worshiping a golden calf!  Appalled at the behavior of his people, Moses shatters the Tablets of the Ten Commandments! 

God then suggests to him that the Israelites be replaced by a worthier nation.  But Moses, the ever-faithful leader, spends 40 days imploring God to give Israel a second chance.  G-d finally relents and forgives the people. Moses ascends Mount Sinai once again, and after an additional 40 days atop the mountain, descends with a second set of Tablets. What day was it that he returned with the second set? It was none other than Yom Kippur - the Day of Forgiveness; “the day of second chances.”  

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus 

Wed, February 28 2024 19 Adar I 5784