Ki Tisa

When you take — כי תשא


How to read and listen to these Portions below:

TORAH: Exodus 30:11-34:35
HAFTARAH: 1 Kings 18:1-39
GOSPEL: Mark 9:1-10

Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.


Portion Summary

Ki Tisa (כי תשא), the twenty-first reading from the Torah, literally means "when you lift up." It comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which could be literally rendered, "When you lift up the head of the sons of Israel to reckon them" (Exodus 30:12). The phrase "lift up the head" is an idiom for taking a head count. The portion begins with instructions for taking a census, finishes up the instructions for making the Tabernacle, reiterates the commandment of Shabbat and then proceeds to tell the story of the golden calf. The majority of Ki Tisa is concerned with the sin of the golden calf, the breach in the covenant between God and Israel, and how Moses undertakes to restore that covenant relationship.


Portion Outline

  • Torah
    • Exodus 30:11 | The Half Shekel for the Sanctuary
    • Exodus 30:17 | The Bronze Basin
    • Exodus 30:22 | The Anointing Oil and Incense
    • Exodus 31:1 | Bezalel and Oholiab
    • Exodus 31:12 | The Sabbath Law
    • Exodus 31:18 | The Two Tablets of the Covenant
    • Exodus 32:1 | The Golden Calf
    • Exodus 33:1 | The Command to Leave Sinai
    • Exodus 33:7 | The Tent outside the Camp
    • Exodus 33:12 | Moses' Intercession
    • Exodus 34:1 | Moses Makes New Tablets
    • Exodus 34:10 | The Covenant Renewed
    • Exodus 34:29 | The Shining Face of Moses
  • Prophets
    • 1Ki 18:1 | Elijah's Message to Ahab
    • 1Ki 18:20 | Elijah's Triumph over the Priests of Baal

Commentary from Torah Portion: Ki Tisa

The Word Made Stone

Moses descends from Mount Sinai, ascends the mountain, and descends again. That is to say, he came down from heaven, returned to heaven, and came down a second time. The first and second coming of the Messiah follows the same pattern. Just like Moses…

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