Ki Tisa – one of the seminal moments in Jewish history. Moses, who has been up on the mountain for 40 days, begins his descent with the tablets of the law. Meanwhile, back at base camp, the children of Israel display both their lack of faith and their inability to count (it was day 39 but they thought it was 40) by demanding that Aaron make them a golden idol. Then God gets mad, and then Moses gets mad, and then about 7,000 faithless Israelites get killed.
THEN… it’s back up the mountain for muttering morose Moses. But this time, Moses asks God for something more – he wants to see the Divine and really get to know God. So God reveals God’s-self (boy, writing this egalitarian stuff is hard sometimes!).
Coming back down, Moses’ face is shining with light – a side effect of seeing as much God as a human can handle. And that gets to be more than the Israelites can handle (glowing faces can be so disconcerting).
From that point on, Moses would cover his face with a veil, except when talking TO God or speaking God’s words to others.
Accordingly, this week’s assignment mirror’s Moses condition. Limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something which is either “radiant” or “covered”.
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