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Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 10:01 am

Parshat Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11–34:35

Shortly after witnessing the Divine miracles of the Exodus from Egypt first-hand, the Israelites found themselves building an idol: a Golden Calf (Exodus 32: 2-6). It is astounding to imagine how this could happen: Didn’t these same Israelites just witness the true power of God’s justice and mercy? Were they not witness to the greatest contravention of nature with the splitting of the Red Sea? Yet, as the Torah relays to us, Moses disappears to bring forth God’s law while this great betrayal occurs. The Israelites, yearning for freedom from the moral depravities of the Egyptian mindset now find themselves returning to it at the first moment without the guiding hand of their appointed leader. Surely, this could have been the end of the Jewish people.

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