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The weekly Torah portion of Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

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Why the Golden calf was a calf and not a bull?

If I recall correctly, the sources say the idol was created grown up and fully functioning. Even if it was still in infant stages, Bava Kamma 65b: אמר רבא שור בן יומו קרוי שור (DonielF) according ...
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How is כֹּרֵת בְּרִית interpreted as “make” instead of “cut”?

וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי כֹּרֵת בְּרִית נֶגֶד (Exodus 34:10) And Targum translates similarly: "וַאֲמַר הָא אֲנָא גְזַר קְיַם" Why כֹּרֵת relatively to the covenant end up being interpreted as "...
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Why is the חצר not mentioned in Shemos 31 (6 – 11) amongst the other elements of the Mishkan

In Chapter 40 of Shemos, as each stage of the construction of the Mishkan is reported the Torah says eg 40 (19) כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה ה׳ אֶת־מֹשֶֽׁה As Hashem commanded Moshe. When we get to ...
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Parahas Ki Sisa Rashi

In Parshas Ki Sisa by the sin of the golden calf, Moshe says to Hashem "if you don’t forgive the Jews, wipe me out of your Torah" . Rashi then says that Moshe said to Hashem, “if you dont forgive them,...
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Is there an opinion that plowing and harvesting on Shabbos are not punishable by Kareis and Skilah? If not, why?

Shabbos 70a records a dispute between R' Nassan and R' Yosi on how to interpret the seemingly extra passuk (Shemos 35:3): לֹא־תְבַעֲר֣וּ אֵ֔שׁ בְּכֹ֖ל מֹשְׁבֹֽתֵיכֶ֑ם בְּי֖וֹם הַשַּׁבָּֽת׃ Do ...
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Shemot 30:32 anointing oil NOT to be poured on human flesh?

Shemot 30:32 לבעַל־בְּשַׂ֤ר אָדָם֙ לֹ֣א יִיסָ֔ךְ וּבְמַ֨תְכֻּנְתּ֔וֹ לֹ֥א תַֽעֲשׂ֖וּ כָּמֹ֑הוּ קֹ֣דֶשׁ ה֔וּא קֹ֖דֶשׁ יִֽהְיֶ֥ה לָכֶֽם "It shall not be poured upon human flesh, and according to its ...
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Why Moses could be only replaced with an idol?

In the previous question about the Golden Calf I thought it was suspicious that neither Moses left the "chain of command" just in case, neither Aharon offered himself as Moses' replacement. Also, ...
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Why are the Keilim of the Mishkan broken up?

In Shemos 25:1-27:21 (all of Terumah and the very beginning of Tetzaveh), the Pesukim describe the vessels of the Mishkan, the structure of the Mishkan, and the oil of the Menorah. In Shemos 28:1-29:...
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Was the wording on each tablet sized differently?

Was the wording on each tablet sized differently? It's said that the second tablet that contained the Commandments for man's relationship to man had larger wording so man would have no problem reading ...
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This (G-d) or these (gods)?

I noticed that the words זֶה אֱלֹהֶיךָ from the verse of Nehemiah 9:18 describing the Golden Calf are often translated as: 'This is your G-d'. But Exodus 32:4 and 32:8 speak of אֵלֶּה אֱלֹהֶיךָ which ...
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How could a month-old at the time of the half-shekel donation have been through the sea?

The commentary of Haamek Davar to the first few verses of Ki Sisa (Exodus 30:11–16) explains that they refer to two different obligatory donations. Each was half a shekel per person, and each served ...
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Golden Calf. Moshe asks for forgiveness for the people. But they have not repented?

The people sinned with the Golden Calf. Three thousand people who worshipped it were slain by the Leviim Shmos 32 (28). Then Moshe says to the remainder Shmos 32 (30) The next day Moses said to ...
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Why are future generations still paying for the sin of the Golden Calf?

Parshas Ki Tisa recounts the episode of the golden calf, and the immediate punishment that was meted out for the sin. In addition to this, Rashi on Shemos 32:34 (quoting Sanhedrin 102a ) writes: ...
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The realistic expectations from the Golden Calf

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 ...
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Was every commandment on the Tablets inscribed with a different finger of G-d?

In continuation to "the-importance-of-the-tablets-being-written-with-g-ds-finger": I heard in Hagada of Pesach, when the Rabbis discuss the number of the plagues they compare it to hands and fingers. ...
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The Golden Calf timeline - hour by hour?

I can't figure out how the making of the Calf was possible in a couple of hours: 12pm was the time Moses promised to return. Satan started fooling around, people started to question. The bad guys (...
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Why didn't Moses leave the chain of command?

This is a follow-up to "why-didnt-they-ask-aharon-to-lead". In Parshas Yisro and later we learn that the Jewish People had some kind of "the chain of command" or at least "the chain of judgment": ...
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How did Moses know he'll spend 40 days at the mountain?

As we all know the Golden Calf started with Moses coming up the mountain to learn with Hashem (Ex 24,17): וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עֲלֵה אֵלַי הָהָרָה וֶהְיֵה־שָׁם וְאֶתְּנָה לְךָ אֶת־לֻחֹת הָאֶבֶן ...
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Moses' problematic communication with the nation in the Golden Calf incident

In my plain understanding, the matter that triggered the story of the Golden Calf was Moses' bad explanation of his plan spending the next 40 days and coming back. He told the nation, he'll be back ...
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The Golden calf - why wasn't Aharon asked to lead instead of Moses?

As I understand, the Israelites thought Moses was dead. It seems very logical that the vice-president takes the lead. Aharon was Moses' brother, a prominent prophet, chosen by G-d, and Moses' vice. ...
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How the Tablets were written - all at once or letter by letter?

In my previous question the Torah says explicitly that the Tablets were written by G-d's finger. Does it mean they were written letter by letter, as one finger can do, or all at once?
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What's the importance of the Tablets being written with G-d's finger?

"וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־מֹשֶׁה כְּכַלֹּתוֹ לְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ בְּהַר סִינַי שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת הָעֵדֻת לֻחֹת אֶבֶן כְּתֻבִים בְּאֶצְבַּע אֱלֹהִים׃" (Ex 31:18) He gave Moses the two tablets of the Pact, stone ...
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קול ענות אנכי - The sound of selfishness?

When Moshe came down from Mount Sinai with the knowledge that his people corrupted themselves (dealt corruptly) - quickly turned aside the way which HaShem commanded them, making a molten calf, ...
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Is Aaron's lesson one of nepotism?

Is Aaron's lesson one of nepotism? In Exodus 32, Aaron takes the lead in creating the golden calf, but in Deuteronomy 9:20 all is forgiven because Moses prays for him. One could say the lesson here ...
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Three golden calfs

What are the similarities and differences between the story of the egel hazahav (golden calf) (Ki Sisa chapter 32) and the story of the two golden calves made by Jeroboam (I Melachim 12:28)?
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Comparing the Heart and Luchot

I was reading in Mishlei the other day and noticed that our hearts are sometimes compared to tablets, and that on it the Words of HaShem should be inscribed. This reminded me of Yirmiyahu who states ...
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A sound of distress, while dancing around the golden calf?

After Moshe received the Aseret HaDevarim he came down from the mountain and heard a lot of noise coming from amongst the people that awaited his arrival. The people had just built a golden calf, and ...
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Luchot HaBrit; first time receiving Torah passively and a second time actively

Once I read an article which talked about Exodus 31:18 and compared it with Exodus 34:1. In the first verse G-d gave the tablets (His work, His writing, 32:16), the second verse teaches Moshe needed ...
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Odd flow in shacharis of Shabas [duplicate]

The central benediction of the morning amida prayer on the sabbath reads as follows (in loose translation): Moses… stood before You on Mt. Sinai. He brought down [from the mountain], by hand,...
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make atonement - אכפרה

Shemot 32:30 teaches us that Moshe said to the people: “You have sinned a great sin, and now I will go up unto the Lord, peradventure I shall make atonement for you.” Bereshit 32:20 Likewise teaches ...
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Why is “truth” a trait of compassion?

One of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy is that of “truth” (Shemos 34:6). ArtScroll (ex. Yom Kippur Machzor, p. 110) quotes Rabbeinu Tam,1 who explains that “truth” refers to the fact that He never ...
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Seeing Elohim and live?

Shemot 33:20 teaches us that: ‘One can’t see G-ds face and live, for man shall not see G-d and live‘ (לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי: כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי.). When Ya’akov named the ...
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What do the words 'Hinei Makom Iti' mean if Makom is also a title for G-d?

In Shemot 33:21 HaShem utters the words: 'הִנֵּה מָקוֹם אִתִּי'. I noticed HaShem uses the word 'makom', which reminded me of another teaching in which the word Makom is considered to be some sort of ...
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To pass אעביר (Exo 33:19), what does it mean?

Exodus 33:19 reads: " אני אעביר כל־טובי על־פניך ", I know it's often translated somewhat like this: "I will make all My goodness pass before thee (before thy face)", but I noticed it's root ע - ב - ר ...
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What is the meaning of Eth Eyd'yam אֶת-עֶדְיָם in Shmoth (Exodus) 33.6?

how would you translate Shmoth 33.6 אֶת-עֶדְיָם ayd is witness so I'm guessing the literal is "witnesses" in the plural - some translate it as "ornaments" others as "finery" and others as "crowns" but ...
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Why are the numbers not written down in Ki Sisa?

According to the very first Rashi in Seder Bamidbar: מתוך חיבתן לפניו מונה אותם כל שעה כשיצאו ממצרים מנאן וכשנפלו בעגל מנאן לידע מנין הנותרים כשבא להשרות שכינתו עליהן מנאן. באחד בניסן הוקם המשכן ...
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Forefathers' merits mentioned for the Golden Calf but not for the Spy Mission?

Inevitably, my rav is unafraid to admit what he doesn't know, but he will pose the question, anyway. I heard this from him during last week's Seudah Shlishit, after the herring: There are two sins ...
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Egel Hazahav and idolatry: Ramban vs Rashi

Shemot 32:1 says When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered against Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who shall go before us, for ...
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Shabbat and Mishkan - Order of items [duplicate]

I noticed an interesting "anomaly". From the beginning of parshat Terumah through Tetzaveh and into the beginning of Ki Tissa, G-d details numerous laws of the mishkan (Tabernacle). At the end, G-d ...
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How many Israelites were punished for the golden calf?

We know that 3,000 were killed by sword as punishment for the sin of the golden calf. But how many were killed by the plague, and how many by the water ordeal? (How many of these were B'nei Yisroel ...
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Four countings of Klal Yisrael - HaShem doesn't want us to decrease

The Ohr HaChaim at the beginning of Bamidbar asks why HaShem waited a month before counting Klal Yisrael, and how Klal Yisrael could have gained 3,550 from Mitzraim (600,000) to the Eigel (603,550) in ...
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Who says that keneh bosem is cannabis?

R' Aryeh Kaplan in The Living Torah quotes four opinions as to the identity of keneh bosem (page pictured below, paragraph beginning "fragrant cane"): calamus (Septuagint, Rambam Peirush HaMishnayos, ...
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Ki Tissa vs. Vaykhel - Shabbat & Mishkan

In the reading of Ki Tissa (Shemot 30:17 - 31:11) we find mentioning of laws and rules related to the Mishkan followed by a mentioning of Shabbat (31:12-17). In the beginning of the reading of ...
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Cutting the omer on Shabbos vs. building the Mishkan

Rashi to Shemos 32:21 quotes Rosh Hashanah 9a in which some Tannaim learn that the implication of specifying plowing and harvesting is to indicate that the only prohibition on Shabbos of plowing and ...
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Shabbos pushes off Mishkan twice

Rashi to Shemos 35:2 explains that by teaching about Shabbos before the Mishkan, Moshe was emphasizing that Shabbos could not be pushed off to build the Mishkan. However, Rashi made the statement ...
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Original Aliyah breaks for Ki Tisa

The Magen Avraham (OC 428 sk 8) records a custom to give a Levi the Aliyah containing the story of the Golden Calf. Indeed in many Chumashim nowadays I see the first two portions of Ki Tisa are ...
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Ki Tisa with no Kohen

The first two aliyot of Ki Tisa are very long. This is to ensure that a Levi has the aliyah about the golden calf, since his ancestors didn't participate. Yesterday I was in a shul with no kohen. ...
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Ramban's approach to the Egel

"Eileh Elokecha Yisroel Asher He'lucha Mai'eretz Mitzraim" Rashi (Exodus 32:1) says that when the Jews made the Egel, they actually wanted to make many gods - seemingly they strayed from monotheism ...
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Who was Uri, Betzalel's father?

We find Betzalel's grandfather Chur was willing to give his life to try preventing the nation from creating the golden calf, but what was so special about Uri who merited having a son like Betzalel? (...
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End of Shemos Chronology

The following chronology follows Rashi’s understanding of the verses. 1 Sivan - Bnei Yisrael arrive at Har Sinai (Shemos 19:1 - Yisro) 2 Sivan - Moshe is told that we are to be a Mamleches Kohanim ...