Ki Tisa – Perasha Synopsis

The Perasha begins with a census of Bene Yisrael taken with the counting of half a shekel given by each person.

Hashem commands Moshe to make the last utensil of the Tabernacle, the Kior – a wash basin made of copper. Aharon and his sons used the kior to wash their hands before serving in the Sanctuary.

Hashem appoints Bessalel from the tribe of Yehuda as the chief architect and builder of the Tabernacle. Bessalel was the most worthy of this task, and understood the symbolism of each object which he designed.

Hashem reviews the laws of Shabbat with Moshe, and after He finishes speaking to him on Mount Sinai, He gives Moshe the two tablets of stone, inscribed by the ‘finger of G-D’. The Perasha continues with the reaction of Bene Yisrael to Moshe’s delay on Mount Sinai. Thinking that more than 40 days had passed, Bene Yisrael concludes that Moshe has died, and they approach Aharon, and force him to make them a golden calf. As Moshe descends from the mountain, he sees Bene Yisrael worshipping and feasting in front of the idol. Moshe angered by their actions, smashes the tablets and destroys the Golden Calf. Moshe then ascends the mountain and pleads with Hashem to forgive Bene Yisrael for their sins. Hashem agrees, but promises never to forget the sin of the Golden Calf.

The Perasha ends with Moshe ascending Mount Sinai for a third time to receive the second set of tablets.  Moshe remained on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights without eating or drinking. Moshe writes the words of the covenant between Hashem and Bene Yisrael.

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