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Golden Calf

A Broken Heart Can Be the Highest Place

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.

The Golden Calf: Managing the Noncompliant Client

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The golden calf passage is usually and correctly taken to describe a gross failure on the part of the Israelites. However, a seldom noticed aspect of the passage is that Moses' first responses are also failures.

Obama Is a Modern Day Moses, Leading with the Paradoxical Commandments

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.

Sacred And Not-So-Sacred Cows: Humor And The Golden Calf

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Someone I know used to have a mug that said "Sacred cows make the best hamburgers." This pithy statement captures part of what is at stake when we declare certain things to be off limits, taboo or untouchable.

Lance Armstrong vs. Biblical Aaron

Rabbi Jack Riemer | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jack Riemer

I used to think that Aaron was a pretty smart person. After all, they don't make you the High Priest of the whole Jewish people unless you are a pretty capable person. But now I believe he was an amateur -- at least at the art of making excuses. You can't compare him to Lance Armstrong.

Dancing The Hora: Parshat Ki Tisa

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

G-d tells Moses that the Jews have built a golden calf. But Moses waits to see it for himself before he breaks the Tablets. Why? Tune in for a novel explanation.

Do-overs: Netzach Means Learning From Mistakes

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

What can we learn from the fact that Moses put the broken tablets into the Ark along with the new tablets? We move on from our mistakes, but we also take the lessons along with us.

Parshat Ki Tisa: Sin So Soon?

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Later, after the dust settles, God speaks to Moses: "Uplift the people. Let each give one half Shekel as soul atonement. Twenty years and older. Rich and poor. All give the same."

The Torah And Making Sacred Spaces

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

What are we doing when we build and cherish churches, synagogues, and mosques of whatever size and grandeur today?

Rediscovering Religious Values In The Market Economy

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

The time has come for us to recover the Judeo-Christian ethic of human dignity in the image of God. Humanity was not created to serve markets. Markets were created to serve humankind.

Golden Calf Conservatives

Cliff Schecter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Whether it's the bronze bull encountered by those occupying Wall Street, the fixation with a Chris Christie presidency not to be, or the ex post facto...

The Golden Calf and Occupy Wall Street

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jennifer Butler

In church and in the streets, the cheers and prayers were overwhelming. Photographers and TV crews flocked to us. Apparently you don't need to know your Exodus to understand a symbol of idolatry.

What Is The Clergy's Role In Occupy Wall Street?

Jeremiah Sierra | Posted 12.13.2011 | Religion
Jeremiah Sierra

I don't expect every church to parade a golden calf into the park, nor every clergy member to attend a march. But ultimately, the mainline church should be integral to supporting this change.

Occupy Wall Street, The Golden Calf and the New Idolatry

Donna Schaper | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Donna Schaper

We brought the calf to Wall Street to confess our allegiance to false Gods and to announce that something was dying for us. That death is our own belief in the sacred calf of the Wall Street picture of the universe.