Ki Tisa

כִּי תִשָּׂא
When You Take a Census

Exodus 30:11−34:35

When Is Ki Tisa Read?

/ 18 Adar 5783
/ 22 Adar I 5784
/ 15 Adar 5785


  • Moses takes a census of the Israelites and collects a half-shekel from each person (30:11-16)
  • God tells Moses to construct a water basin and to prepare anointing oil and incense for the ordination of the priests. Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled artisans, are assigned to make objects for the priests and the Tabernacle. (30:17-31:11)
  • The Israelites are instructed to keep Shabbat as a sign of their covenant with God. God gives Moses the two tablets of the Pact. (31:12-18)
  • The Israelites ask Aaron to build them a Golden Calf. Moses implores God not to destroy the people and then breaks the two tablets of the Pact on which the Ten Commandments are written when he sees the idol. God punishes the Israelites by means of a plague. (32:1-35)
  • Moses goes up the mountain with a blank set of tablets for another 40 days so that God will again inscribe the Ten Commandments. Other laws, including the edict to observe the Pilgrimage Festivals, are also revealed. (34:1-28)
  • Moses comes down from the mountain with a radiant face. (34:29-35)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Ki Tisa Commentary

Parashat Ki Tisa: Waking Up to Freedom

By: Rabbi Hilly Haber

In Parshat Ki Tisa, we learn that even though the Israelites have left Egypt, they carry with them the shape of a dictator long gone. While Moses speaks with God on Mount Sinai, recording the laws by which this new nation will live, the Israelites ask Aaron to make them a new deity, who according to midrash, was "like those of the Egyptians" (Pirke de-rabbi Eliezer, 45).

Continue Reading

Video: Learn More About Parashat Ki Tisa With Bim Bam

Learn More About Parashat Ki Tisa WIth Bim Bam

Rabba Yaffa Epstein retells the story of the breaking of the tablets containing the law from God received at Mount Sinai, aka the Ten Commandments. She shares not just the story of the Golden Calf and the anger of Moses but also a take on how we heal - tablets, hearts, humanity. Enjoy this video and others with Bim Bam.

Listen to Podcasts About Ki Tisa

Rabbi Rick Jacobs