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Ki Tisa

March 13, 2020
17 Adar 5780

Parashat Ki Tisa
Exodus 30:11 - 34:35

Dear Friends,

We are living in a moment in history where our story resonates in ways we have never experienced directly before. This week's Torah portion begins with a split focus: while God and Moses share an idyllic moment on the mountaintop, the people below at the foot of the mountain, feeling bereft of leadership, construct a golden calf.

If we examine this moment, beyond Moses’ anger at seeing the calf and throwing down the first set of tablets, what we see is a people who have not received clear communication.

From the start of our development as a people, communication has been key. One might think, given the exponential increase in the ways in which we are able to communicate, we would have improved. In some ways we have. But our world is in crisis and although, we cannot alter what has happening worldwide, we can address what is happening in our own community.

So, unlike the people waiting for Moses to appear and looking for other channels to communicate with the Divine, we need to use the days and weeks ahead of us as an opportunity to enhance our communication with one another and build upon on what already exists.

We are going through a transition and there will be bumps in the road until we figure it out. But remember, we are here for one another.

Please be in touch. You can always reach me at

Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat,

Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn

Sat, September 19 2020 1 Tishrei 5781