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It's Simple, They Weren't Thinking Clearly

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 - 9:11 pm

What’s with these Jews? They just left Egypt and saw the giving of the Ten Commandments; they basically saw G-d with all His trimmings. Next thing we know - they are unfaithful!?

The Talmud Sotah 3a  says that a person only sins when overcome by a “spirit of folly”, what I call temporary insanity. In the case of the golden calf, it was the whole nation becoming insane. How did they fall so low and more importantly, why?

The only explanation that the sages of old agree on is that it must have been decreed from heaven. Why would G-d want this to happen? To set a precedent for Teshuvah, for return and repentance.

I was recently talking with an acquaintance about a negative experience they had gone through, what they referred to as ‘the most unpleasant experience ever’. Still, they learned a lot from this experience and can now begin the healing process.

Never plan to sin. If one has sinned, know that we have a precedent for reconciliation. The golden calf story allows us to be human and make mistakes as we grow in our connection with G-d.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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