Ki Tissa

Exodus 30:11-34:35


In this Torah portion, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the Ten Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing that Moses will never return, the Israelites turn to Aaron, who demands that everyone bring him their gold, so he can make a golden calf. When Moses comes down the mountain and sees the people dancing around this idol, he smashes the tablets on the ground. God punishes all the Israelites who were involved with a plague. Moses builds a tent to be his meeting place with God.

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ten commandments
The Ten Commandments were written on stone tablets,


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Go Down, Moses!
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Hillel

Paralyzed By Numbers
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

The Idol of Complacency
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

Idolatry Everywhere
Rabbi Elliot Kukla, AJWS

Up & Down the Mountain of Life
Cantor Jennifer Werby, Union for Reform Judaism

Responsible Spending
Rabbi Erica Seager Asch, AJWS


Our Golden Calf
Rabbi Charles Sherman,


The Coin of Fire
Shimshon Siegel, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Tzedakah & Jewish Education
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Negotiating a Relationship With God
Dianne Cohler-Esses, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

Transformative Power
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS

Shabbat as an Anchor
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute

Veiling & Unveiling
Rabbi Aaron Mehlman, Orthodox Union

Positive Communal Action
Laura Safran, UJA-Federation of New York


The Wedding Feast
Rabbi Zoe Klein, Women of Reform Judaism



Parashat Ki Tissa Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Ki Tissa Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Ki Tissa for Families
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