It is difficult for me to understand people's expectations from the Golden Calf they made.

Strangely Aharon and others didn't try to argue on the logic of creating a dummy. So the calf was magically created - then what?

How will it take leadership? How will it communicate with G-d? How will it provide the nation with supplies and shelter and everything they need? And the most important - how will it replace Moses?

I don't expect those people (אם הראשונים כמלאכים) to be plain stupid as Avraham proved the idolaters wrong by making fun of the idols.

So what did the Israelites expect from that Calf they created?

  • Only the Erev Rav worshipped it. Arguably, the whole “let’s replace Moshe” bit was an excuse to worship AZ.
    – DonielF
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 21:55
  • @DonielF As I said, I don't accept this "they were all fouls" approach. There were 600K grown-up Jews. Oversimplifying will not get us any closer to understanding this incident.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 22:15
  • That’s the point, we’re not referring to the 600K grown-up Jews; they didn’t sin. The Erev Rav were historically idolaters, and they slid back into their idolatry.
    – DonielF
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 22:24
  • @DonielF How do you picture it. Pretend those are nowadays Israelis - so a bunch of Palestinians come across and demand from the Prime Minister to make a move to self-destroy the nation, and he willingly agrees. Does it sound realistic to you?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 22:35
  • Aharon didn’t do it willingly - they had already killed Chur, and were they to kill him they’d “kill a Navi and a Kohen on one day.” In any event, what bearing does that have on the question at hand?
    – DonielF
    Commented Feb 17, 2019 at 23:14


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