A Bissle to Nibble #15 of 5773

 A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark Melamut

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish.  Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?”
A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)

Parshat Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11 – 34:35) – A Second Chance

Moses breaks the stone tablets.

Moses breaks the stone tablets.

“Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?”  The traditional refrain heard from children as they travel towards a destination is played out in this week’s torah portion, though it sounds a bit different coming from the Israelites.  They await Moses’ return from Mt. Sinai with the two tablets, and let’s just say, they get a bit “antsy.”  Impatient, they put together a golden calf, and a celebration ensues.  As Moses makes his way down, and catches wind of what is going on, the precious tablets are smashed into pieces.  G-d gives Moses and the people a second chance though, as two new tablets, like the first, are carved up and put again before the people.  It is after this second chance that we learn that Moses’ face becomes radiant and shining.

What can we do when we get “antsy” or impatient for connection with what is sacred in our lives?

Who and what in our lives deserves a second chance?

Can we identify a hope or wish that would make our own faces shine with radiance?

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Mark Melamut

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