The Importance of Character

Rabbi Shai Held

Parashat Ki Tissa

God's response to the sin of the golden calf in this week's parashah is perplexing. God is so angry with the Israelites' unfaithfulness that God wants to wipe them out. And yet, the Israelites commit the crime of idolatry, and God wants to punish them... for their stubbornness!? With the help of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel (the Alter of Slabodka), Shai Held gets to the depth of what this could mean: that Judaism, at its core, cares not just about actions but also about character. (5774)