Portion of the Week The Dangerous Temptations of the Torah

In this week’s portion, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11 - 34:35), Moses descends from Mount Sinai with the two Tablets of the Covenant only to discover that the Children of Israel are worshiping a golden calf.

After granting Israel the Torah on Mount Sinai, God commands Moses to build the Portable Tabernacle. The commandment extends over two weekly Torah portions – Parashat Teruma and Parashat Titzaveh, read during the last two Sabbaths, respectively.