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Why do we read the story of Korach by the Levi portion?

So, I asked a Rov and got a few answers: By the golden calf, the party lines were split cleanly. When Moshe Rabeinu called out מי לה׳ אלי, all the Leviim came forward and nobody else did. (Whatever ...
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How many people participated in the golden calf?

I'm sure there are many more, but wanted to share 4 approaches as to how many people sinned/ participated in the golden calf. 1) Majority of the nation literally sinned (via their innermost thoughts) ...
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Is Aaron's lesson one of nepotism?

Moses prayed for Aaron, but he also prayed for the forgiveness of the entire Children of Israel, both for this sin and for many others (for the golden calf in Exodus 32:11, for the sin of the spies in ...
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Why idolaters are called "own brothers" and "own fellow Jews"?

Because even if it was their own brother they had to be killed. A person might think that if it was their brother or good friend they may have mercy and spare them, therefore, it expressly writes '...
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How were the 3000 victims of the Golden Calf Massacre different from the rest?

The Chizkuni, in his commentary on pasuk 28 writes that these 3.000 people needed to be killed because these 3.000 men intended that their conduct should be viewed as idolatrous: כשלשת אלפי איש, “...
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Source that the snake's contamination returned with the sin of the Golden Calf

His source may be the Alshich's commentary to Vayikra 21, which is based on his understanding of a Midrash (P. Chukas): וכמאמרם ז"ל (מס' שבת פ' חבית) ישראל שעמדו על הר סיני פסקה זוהמתן..... אך ...
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Egel Hazahav and idolatry: Ramban vs Rashi

Ramban himself explains why he feels it is acceptable to argue against Chazal (the Sages of the Mishnah and Gemara) when explaining the simple meaning (p'shat) of a verse in the Torah. In his ...
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A sound of distress, while dancing around the golden calf?

Ther are 2 Explanations In the Peirush Tur Haoroch (Rav Yaakov Ben Asher 14th Century) קול ענות אנכי שומע. כ' הרמב"ן לא מפני שידע משה הדבר כי אדרבה לא להגיד לו כי לא רצה לספ' בגנותן של ישרא' אלא ...
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Eigel HaZahav: Killing Klal Yisrael

There are two levels of Divine justice that may affect sinners. 1) Punishment for the crime itself. 2) Extra-judicial punishment in the special case called Chillul Hashem. Both of these are ...
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Egel- Why EILEH is Plural

The Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 10:2 explain this in the name of R. Shimon bar Yochai, they made thirteen calves, one for each one of the shevatim and one which was common to all of them: תני ר"ש בן יוחי ...
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Was the Golden Calf associated with a particular deity?

According to Rabbi Deutsch's "Let My Nation Serve Me," one explanation given for why specifically a calf is because it represents Taurus. They previously were in Mitzraim, land of the sheep (Aries). ...
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Why the Golden calf was a calf and not a bull?

In Tehillim 106:19-20 it does in fact refer to the golden calf as both an eigel (calf) and a shor (bull): יעשו עגל בחרב וישתחוו למסכה. וימירו את כבודם בתבנית שור אכל Though every eigel could be ...
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Why Moses could be only replaced with an idol?

Ralbag explains that it was precisely because they made an idol to replace Moses that few people went astray. In fact, he says, that Aaron deliberately did it this way so that the people would see ...
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This (G-d) or these (gods)?

Here is some of the commentary on that phrase from sefaria, starting from one simple claim, of the Bekhor SHor that they were using a divine plural, דרך לדבר אלהות ואדנות בלשון רבים כמו אלהים ...
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Isaiah 29:13: lips that honour, but hearts that are far from HaShem?

To answer your first question: "Could someone explain me the meaning of the words: 'their fear of Me is a commandment of men learned by rote'?" Rashi comments on that verse Because this ...
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Why are future generations still paying for the sin of the Golden Calf?

One can use the analogy of someone who steals fails to repay the theft. He is told that as long as he does not commit any further crimes, he will not have to pay. If he does commit another crime, he ...
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Why didn't Aharon sacrifice his life to avoid making the Golden Calf?

Essentially, all prohibitions are pushed aside when threatened with death, except for three notable exceptions: Idolatry, Adultery, and Murder. Here are some possible suggestions why it would be ...
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Golden Calf: Moshe had a Golden Answer to Hashem. Why didn't he say it?

I bumped into Reb Ginzburg today. He answered that because Moshe is an Ish emes, he didn't tell Hashem its because of my delay the yidden sinned. The Gemara says the satan caused yidden to do the chet ...
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In Golden Calf tragedy, who was hit with Heavenly plague?

Rashi explains the three categories of punishments. Ki Sisa 32:20 Then he took the calf they had made, burned it in fire, ground it to fine powder, scattered [it] upon the surface of the water, and ...
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In Golden Calf tragedy, who was hit with Heavenly plague?

See my answer to your related question. According to one opinion, they were the ones who worshipped the Calf and were observed by witnesses, but weren't warned; according to the other, they were the ...
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How were the 3000 victims of the Golden Calf Massacre different from the rest?

See Rashi to 32:20, from Yoma 66b: אִם יֵשׁ עֵדִים וְהַתְרָאָה בְּסַיִף – כְּמִשְׁפַּט אַנְשֵׁי עִיר הַנִּדַּחַת שֶׁהֵן מְרֻבִּין – עֵדִים בְּלֹא הַתְרָאָה בְּמַגֵּפָה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר וַיִּגֹּף ה' אֶת ...
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Why didn't Moses leave the chain of command?

Moshe isn't in charge; God is in charge. Moshe, therefore, doesn't have the authority to appoint others. If something were to happen to Moshe while he was in God's care (chas v'shalom), then we ...
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The Golden calf - why wasn't Aharon asked to lead instead of Moses?

The whole point was that Aharon was a human being and the High Priest. As a result he could not replace Moshe Rabbeinu. Moshe was (in the thoughts of the Bnai Yisrael) a direct connection to Hashem, ...
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Golden Calf. Moshe asks for forgiveness for the people. But they have not repented?

Shmos 33,4 וַיִּשְׁמַע הָעָם אֶת הַדָּבָר הָרָע הַזֶּה וַיִּתְאַבָּלוּ וְלֹא שָׁתוּ אִישׁ עֶדְיוֹ עָלָיו. That is some repentance. Too little, too late (that's after Moses prays for them), but ...
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Why are future generations still paying for the sin of the Golden Calf?

I occasionally ask people a parallel question on my way to work. "Some guy I never met stole some kind of fruit I can't even identify, and therefore I have to go to work? How can I possibly be an ...
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Forefathers' merits mentioned for the Golden Calf but not for the Spy Mission?

Ramba"n on Bemidbar 14:17 (the link points to the continuation page, where the part I shall summarize is) notices that when Moishe uses the 13 middot formulary, he omits נוצר חסד לאלפים ("passes ...
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Ramban's approach to the Egel

Perhaps the Ramban's question on Rashi was only based on the interpretation that the egel was viewed as a higher power than Moshe. If, however, they viewed it as a replacement for Moshe, even if ...
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Why are we so concerned about 1/2 of 1% (Golden Calf episode)

Many people beyond the 3000 killed by the Levi'im were guilty (and punished). Yoma 66b records two views: It is stated: Rab and Levi are disputing in the matter. One said: Whosoever sacrificed and ...
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Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert?

Another approach mentioned in Let My Nation Serve Me by Rabbi Deutsch (published by Artscroll) relates to astrology. For those unfamiliar with the twelve zodiac signs, they are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, ...
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Why wasn't Aharon punished for making the Golden Calf

The Abarbanel (Bamidbar 20:1) offers a novel approach to why Moshe and Aharon were serverly punished by the mei merivah. He cites many different approaches ,but rejects them and offers his own idea. ...
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