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When Moses Is with God for 40 Days and 40 Nights, It’s Back to the Idols

Parashat Ki Tisa recounts the incident of the Golden Calf in a multilayered narrative about faith and leadership. In Exodus, chapter 32, we read that Moses remained on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. In his absence, the Israelites demanded that Aaron fashion an idol so God would be present with them. 

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Take Two Tablets...Please!
Davar Acher By: 
Jeffrey Salkin

Which set of tablets was better – the older, shattered set or the new set? This is no small question.

Evolving Justice

I was recently called to jury service in Los Angeles.

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The Most Inclusive: The Most Relevant and Meaningful
Davar Acher By: 
William Kuhn

Which is the most inclusive verse in the Torah?

We’ve Got to Stop It

The sign read, "We've got to stop it," and under it a woman sat alone at a table in the grocery store parking lot. The sign also contained the words "domestic violence," so I walked over.

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And Give Us Peace
Davar Acher By: 
Sandford Kopnick

At life-cycle celebrations, many look forward to the prayer known as the Priestly Benediction, Birkat Kohanim, which comes from this week's parashah, Naso (see Numbers 6:22-26).

A Kinder, Gentler Nation

This week brings us Yom Y'rushalayim (May 8 / 28 Iyar), one of several Jewish holidays commemorating events of war in the modern State of Israel.

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Milchemet Mitzvah, the Commanded War
Davar Acher By: 
Gersh Zylberman

The Prophet Isaiah famously presents a vision of future perfection: “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up sword against nat

The Holy or the Broken

Hi, my name's Marci, and I'm a recovering perfectionist. I say this with a smile, but it is very much true. As a child, I had many early elementary school successes and very little early failure.

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The Other “Big Ten”
Davar Acher By: 
Daniel G. Zemel

Each time I review this parashah, I become more interested in the Chapter 34:14−26 version of what we call the Ten Commandments.

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