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Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot (October 22, 2016)

WHEN THE SIN OF IDOLATRY IS NAMED IN THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, the language used is, “You shall not make for yourself a fesel, a graven image.” This command is reiterated at the end of this week’s parashah, Ki Tisa, after the Israelites have indeed built and worshiped an idol, igniting God’s fury. However, this time, the language has changed to, “You shall not make for yourself elohei masecha — molten gods.”

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