This week in Torah


March 06, 2021 – Ki Tisa (when you take) – Parshat 21

  • Torah: Exodus 30:11-34:35
  • Haftara: Ezekiel 36:16-38
  • Brit Chadasha: Mark 9:1-10

וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ כִּ֣י תִשָּׂ֞א אֶת־רֹ֥אשׁ בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם֒ וְנָ֨תְנ֜וּ אִ֣ישׁ כֹּ֧פֶר נַפְשׁ֛וֹ לַיהוָ֖ה בִּפְקֹ֣ד אֹתָ֑ם וְלֹא־יִהְיֶ֥ה בָהֶ֛ם נֶ֖גֶף פְקֹ֥ד אֹתָֽם׃

Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe lemor: Ki tisa et-rosh beney-Yisra’el lifkudeyhem venatnu ish kofer nafsho l’Adonay bifkod otam velo-yihyeh vahem negef bifkod otam.

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: When you take a census of the Israelite people according to their enrollment, each shall pay the LORD a ransom for himself on being enrolled, that no plague may come upon them through their being enrolled.

This week Moshe seeks HaShems face and the Glory passes before him as YHVH speaks the 13 Medot (attributes), or essence of who He is. Moshe Rabbinu sought Mercy and Grace and finds that it is the very essence of the Father. “Moshe hastened” falling down before the LORD in worship, and in awe.

We understand that Chesed “kindness” and grace have always been the reaction of HaShem to our failure and Sin. It was granted to Adam and Chavah immediately after the first transgression of Adonai’s spoken word, and continues to weave it’s way thru the whole of the Tanach up to and thru the Brit Chadasha. The work of Yeshua was not to begin a plan “B” or new way to the Chesed of the father, but to fulfill the promises made of the outpouring made in the beginning. Moshe thought that the intentional “rebellious sin” (Pesha) of the golden calf to be beyond the realm of forgiveness, since it followed Hashem’s appearing in His glory (perhaps that he saw it as not unlike the rebellion in heaven, by angels who saw and knew Adonai’s glory and power, and who will never be offered Chesed) and that is why he fell before Adonai in awe to worship!

The Rabbis saw and taught that the forgiveness shown in the attributes of HaShem pointed to the ultimate, future, and final redemption of all sin thru Mashiach Yeshua. (Jeremiah 31:34) “I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their (Catah) sins no more”

[The twelfth attribute] corresponds to the principle of the coming of the Messiah, because it will bring an end to filth and, specifically, the filth of the serpent. Then the Holy One, blessed be He, will regard intentional sins as errors [and forgive them], because sin is an error, as it says, [in Jeremiah 50:20], “Search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant”                                              (Sha’ar HaOtiyot in Yalkut Moshiach: Ki Tisa, 453-457 )

Baracha Rabbah great blessings over you all in your study of Parshat Ki Tisa this week. We can all celebrate the Chesed of Adonai, and His ability, and even attribute, to fully forgive our Avon Vapesha V’chatah (depravity, transgression, and habitual sin) thru the work of Mashiach ben Yoseph Messiah Yeshua!

Ahav V’shalom L’mishpachatenu love and peace to our family in Messiah from Beth Hallel Lodi