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.

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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;...