Kol Ha’kavod on Breaking the Tablets?!

In Parshat Ki Tisa, in reaction to the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe breaks the tablets on which the Ten Commandments are written. Immediately the question arises: how can Moshe decide on his own initiative to break the divinely given tablets? Even more so, the Rabbis...

Insight on Incense

Simon Jackson Legal Advisor to Torah MiTzion . .   Insight on Incense   In this week’s parsha, Ki Tissa, Moshe is commanded to: “take sweet spices… and make it into incense, a compound according to the art of the perfumer, well blended, pure and holy; and you...

The Golden Calf – Historical Perspectives

This week’s parashah details Am Yisra’el’s severe sin of the Golden Calf which occurs at Mount Sinai. I would like to present, and analyze a number of various approaches in understanding the nature of this sin and its severity. The first approach can be found...

The Mishkan – Ideal Or Necessitated By Reality?

After Yetziat Mitzrayim and Matan Torah, we reach the third stage of the building of Am Yisrael — the Mishkan. In between the command to build the Mishkan and the execution of these instructions, one of the most tragic events in our history occurs, one which nearly...

Our Golden Calf

Parashat Ki-Tisa is a difficult parasha. Until now, everything unfolds more or less smoothly. Benei Yisrael left Egypt amidst wondrous miracles, the Yam Suf split in their honor, they have been accompanied by a pillar of cloud and a pillar fire, manna descends from...