Parashat Ki Tissa / Radical proposal, radical response
Moses invites the Children of Israel to watch God wage war on their behalf, to see God’s deeds replace their actions. This is a moment of merging: Israel and God become a single organism.
In Parashat Ki Tissa, God, who is with Moses on the top of Mount Sinai, tells him what his nation is now doing, down below in his absence: “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed unto it, and said: This is thy god, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of...
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