Monday, 16 Mar 2009

Written by Lea Mühlstein

With the episode of the Golden Calf and the smashing of the first set of tablets, parashat Ki Tissa reaches a pinnacle of biblical drama. Today, I want to focus on one of the less well-known aspects of this story. After Moses shatters the tablets at the foot of the mountain we read, in Exodus chapter 32 verse 20:

וַיִּקַּח אֶת ־הָעֵגֶל אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ וַיִּשְׂרֹף בָּאֵשׁ וַיִּטְחַן עַד אֲשֶׁר ־דָּק וַיִּזֶר עַל ־פְּנֵי הַמַּיִם וַיַּשְׁק אֶת ־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵֽל:5

“He took the calf that they had made and burned it; he ground it to powder and strewed it upon the water and so made the Israelites drink it.”

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