As someone with many people I love living in Israel, I, like most Jews, worry for their safety constantly. I thus sympathize greatly with David Suissa and his fears for the safety of his daughter living in Israel...
Do you consider yourself an idolater? I ask the question in a serious manner, for one of the main aversions, according to the Torah, is the path of idolatry, a path we witness in our parasha this week, Ki Tisa, with the Golden Calf. Yet, in today’s modern world, what does it mean to be an idol worshiper? Where are we to find the idols of today that we are commanded to avoid?
This week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, tells the ultimate cautionary tale about becoming enamored with things. Losing hope and patience as they wait for Moses to descend Mount Sinai, the Israelites build a Golden Calf and worship it.
We are entering the homestretch. Aug. 9 is the first of Elul, the last month in the Jewish calendar.