Ki Tissa (When You take)

The Golden Calf Incident

Exodus 30:15 The rich will not give more and the poor will not give less than half a shekel, when they give אֶת־ an offering to יהוה to make atonement for your souls. C-MATS

Question: Why did יהוה say this? People differ in their intellect, character, and talents, in the quantity of their material resources and the quality of their spiritual sensitivities. But all are equal in the sight of יהוה and every man is judged fairly according to his deeds and sins. Chumash

Exodus 30:16 And you will take אֶת־ the money, the atonement מֵאֵת from the Children of Israel and will appoint אֹתֹו it (him) for the service of the Tabernacle of the Congregation; that it may be a memorial to the Children of Israel before יהוה to make atonement for your souls. 17 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 18 You will also make a laver of brass, with a base of brass, for washing: and you will put אֹתֹו it (him) between the Tabernacle of the Congregation and the altar and you will put water in it. C-MATS

Question: What was the laver made of? The laver was made from the bronze mirrors of the women and filled with water for the continual cleansing of the priests as they ministered in the work of יהוה. In days of old women used polished bronze mirrors to gaze upon themselves. The laver was made of these mirrors, so the priest to see himself as he washed his hands in the laver to make sure he was clean. Since we are priests of the Most High, we must look into the reflection of the bronze laver and continuously put aside all filthiness and wickedness daily and come into His Presence clean without sins. We should die to our flesh daily and strengthen our inner spirit so we can draw closer to יהוה.  Chumash