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Egypt: Tabernacle or Golden Calf? Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)

Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/egypt_tabernacle_or_golden_calf_parashat_vayakhel_exodus_351-3820_20110222

As Jews, our character and faith are defined essentially by the story of our ancient liberation from slavery in Egypt, informing our concern for the welfare of those who are similarly oppressed. But as a minority often vulnerable to the whims of tyrannical victors, we are also keenly aware of the implications for Israel’s security and that of the entire free world based on the success or failure of the events unfolding in Egypt. Worldwide Jewry seems divided at worst and uncertain at best in determining our view of the ongoing revolution, embracing either but rarely both of these two authentic Jewish concerns.

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