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Next Torah Portion

Summary

In this Torah portion, Moses stays with God on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he is given the 10 Commandments on stone tablets. Fearing 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 with a plague all the Israelites who were involved. Moses builds a tent to be his meeting place with God.

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Parashat Ki Tisa

Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38 | Shabbat Parah

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The artisan is as important as the ingredients used.

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They taste as good as they look.

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