The Torah In Haiku: Ki Tisa

Impatient people
Worshiping a Golden Calf
Offensive to G-d

HaShem tells Moshe:
It’s time to unleash my wrath
I will destroy them

Moshe tells HaShem:
That’s not a good idea
Adonai relents

Exodus 32:10-12,14
‘Now do not try to stop Me when I unleash my wrath against them to destroy them. I will then make you into a great nation.’ Moses began to plead before G-d, saying, ‘O G-d, why unleash Your wrath against Your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a show of force? Why should Egypt be able to say that You took them out with evil intentions, to kill them in the hill country and wipe them out from the face of the earth. Withdraw Your display of anger, and refrain from doing evil to Your people … G-d refrained from doing the evil that He planned for His people.


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About Ed Nickow

Ed Nickow is a teacher and member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Chai, Long Grove, IL. This post is from his blog The Torah in Haiku.

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