February 28, 2024 |

Ki Tisah

Parshat Ki Tisa Walkthrough

God continued speaking to Moses: When you take a census of the Israelites, and each one redeems his soul from God, lest He smite them – [what an opening] Everyone 20 years or older should give a half a shekel donation to God. The same amount, rich or poor, and it should go towards running the...

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When I was working at Hillel in the late 90's, my boss, Richard Joel (now the president of Yeshiva University) was struggling with a difficult problem. He had been so successful at revitalizing the image and experience of Jewish campus life at Hillels that his major donors - among them Michael...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Ki Tissa (2)

In Parshah Ki Tissa, Moses discovers that he’s not the only one with a hotline to the Almighty. “See, I have singled out by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have endowed him with a divine spirit of skill, ability, and knowledge in every kind of craft.” (Exo. 31:2,3) We...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Ki Tissa

Sometimes the rabbis find something in our Torah reading that’s just too good to resist. Take the opening of this week’s Parshah Ki Tissa. It beings with God commanding Moses to take a census by having each person age 20 or older contribute a half-shekel which will then go to support the Tent of...


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