Chol HaMo-eid Pesach

חוֹל הַמֹּעֵד פֶּסַח
Passover Intermediate Days

Exodus 33:12-34:26 

When Is Chol HaMo-eid Pesach Read?

/ 17 Nisan 5783
/ 19 Nisan 5784
/ 17 Nisan 5786


On the Shabbat during Passover, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God’s face, God tells Moses, “I will make My goodness pass before you…" Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.

Ten Minutes of Torah: Chol HaMo-eid Pesach Commentary

How Can We Strengthen Ourselves If God Seems Hidden?

By: Cantor David Berger

The Torah reading for this intermediate Shabbat of Passover, Chol HaMo-eid Pesach (Ex. 33:12-34:26), starts after the story of the Golden Calf. Moses, keenly aware of the failure in leadership that led to this disaster, reasonably asks for God’s help and direction. But then, he follows up with something truly extraordinary: Moses asks to actually see God, saying, "Oh, let me behold Your Presence!"

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