Rabbi David Levine
Erev Shabbat, Friday evening, February 22, 2008
Parsha: Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11–34:35) Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39
The sin of the Golden Calf reveals the worst in Israel, and the best in Moses. How quickly Israel turned away from my commandments, the Lord says. But when God offers to destroy all of Israel and make a new nation just from Moses, Moses refuses. He wants what is best for both Israel and God, and stands as a priestly intercessor. That’s when God descends and stands next to Moses and reveals all of the Lord’s goodness.
Rabbi David looks at the way God’s lovingkindness and truth work together, and how they can work in us to reveal the nature of God to Israel and the world.