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Parashat Ki Tisa (March 2, 2013)
by David Mintz

“WHAT’S NEXT?” President Josiah Bartlett often would say.

It was his recurring catchphrase in Aaron Sorkin’s depiction of a fictional White House in The West Wing. Amid the show’s political jargon, soaring and idealistic rhetoric, and patented walk-and-talk sections, President Bartlet’s catchphrase served as a reminder that as pressing as any issue of the moment might be, what really matters is what happens next, as we move forward. While I’m certainly not equating President Bartlet with Moses or Aaron, I found myself thinking of the fictional president as I reread this week’s parashah, Ki Tisa.

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