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Ki Sisa: Overcoming Self-Sabotage

The sin of the Golden Calf is one of the most infamous events in Jewish history. This sin, following immediately on the heels of Matan Torah, was so impactful that we find ourselves continuously atoning for it: on the High Holidays, we do all we can to “divert” God’s attention from any possible reference to Cheit HaEigel, despite the fact that it took place thousands of years ago. Despite our nations’ many strengths, we have certainly encountered our fair share of challenges in our history; our collective slate is far from clean. And yet, this sin stands out as one of the most grievous in Jewish history, particularly due the absolutely shocking nature of its chronological context.

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