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Category: Ki Tisa

The Never Ending Responsibility: Aharon and the Sin of the Golden Calf

by Dr. Tammy JacobowitzPosted on October 27, 2016

What’s Wrong with a Corporeal God?

by Rabbi Haggai ResnikoffPosted on September 9, 2016

The idea that plain matter can be imbued with divine essence is a fundamentally dangerous doctrine according to the Torah. It leads to the fallacy that matter, and particularly humans can speak with the divine voice. This is problematic both from a practical and a theological point of view. Beside the fact that it makes Continue Reading »

God Actually Desires Our Demands

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 21, 2016

Is it appropriate to challenge God when things are going wrong? The role of the prophet is usually associated with transmitting the word of God to his people. Yet there are times when the prophet takes on another role—that of the defense attorney for the people of Israel, protecting Am Yisrael and cajoling God to Continue Reading »

Names, Not Numbers

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 25, 2016

Over the course of two parshiyot, the Torah has described the construction of the Mishkan and the making of the priestly garments in great detail. Parashat Ki Tisa is introduced with a seemingly unrelated theme: a census of the people in which each person will pay a half-shekel. Why mention a census now? Broadly speaking, the Torah Continue Reading »

More than a Mishkan, Less than a Golden Calf

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 14, 2014

How exactly can a finite human being, rooted in her physicality, connect to an infinite, non-physical God? This question is one that the Torah grapples with throughout the second half of the book of Shemot. The Mishkan delimits a place, a space, for the Divine presence to inhabit, and the Glory of God is a Continue Reading »

Torah as a Way to Know God

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on January 1, 2012

How exactly can a finite human being, rooted in her physicality, connect to an infinite, non-physical God?  This question is one that the Torah grapples with throughout the second half of the book of Shemot.  God commands for the building of a physical Mishkan to house the Glory of God enveloped in the cloud.  Neither Continue Reading »

Korban Pesach Nowadays

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 5, 2010

Parshat Parah, a special maftir read before pesach, is read to remind us of the period of purification that preceded the bringing of the korban Pesach on the 14th of Nissan. While for most of us, this is a reminder of a thousands-year-old practice that became obsolete with the destruction of the Temple, this is not true Continue Reading »

People Cannot be Aggregated

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 12, 2009

Parshat Ki Tisa opens with a census and the requirement to give money rather than to be counted directly.   What – other than superstition – is the point of this?  I believe that the Torah is telling us a critical message about the worth of each person.  Human beings cannot be quantified, only objects can be Continue Reading »