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A new direction

Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/a_new_direction_20110216

Idolatry. Sexual immorality. Murder. The description of the events of the Golden Calf in this week’s portion sounds like the outline for a new cable television series. By the end of the portion, the main characters of Aaron and the Hebrews are forgiven and allowed to keep going on their journey. But how? Isn’t the crime of the Golden Calf so great that it is unforgivable? How can we be forgiven — whether as a community or as an individual — for mistakes that are so overwhelming?

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