Ki Tissa – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Ki Tissa – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Moses rejected the gift of mirrors that the womenfolk offered for the construction of the Mishkan. He was concerned that mirrors were tainted with vanity, even though the Jewish women only used them for higher purpose. G-d advised Moses to accept them, because elevating the lowest to the highest is the whole purpose of Mitzvot.

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Ki Tissa – Making a Knot to Repair the Broken String

Ki Tissa – Making a Knot to Repair the Broken String

‘Ki Tissa’, the name of this week’s Parsha, translates as ‘elevating’, or ‘raising up’ (although idiomatically it means a census of the nation). Notwithstanding, the most dramatic event that the Parsha narrates is the tragic downfall of the Jewish people through the Golden Calf – the epitome of idolatry – and which takes place inexplicably

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Ki Tissa – Democracy Means You Count – Just Like Me

Ki Tissa – Democracy Means You Count – Just Like Me

The way we took a population census in the desert was a rather original method – a donation of half a shekel to the public coffers. When the total was calculated, this provided the population census. Why half a shekel? Firstly to demonstrate equality in a democratic society – no-one counted more than his or

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Ki Tissa – Your Golden Calf

Ki Tissa – Your Golden Calf

Fear and insecurity drives people to build ‘golden calves’ in their lifetime just like the Jewish people. These useless fictions need to be substituted with a firm faith and conviction that there is a ‘seeing eye, a hearing ear.’ always looking after you.

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