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Parsha Ki Tisa

Parsha Ki Tisa

Parsha Ki Tisa כִּי תִשָּׂא is translated as “when you elevate”. It’s the twenty-first Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and ninth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found fouor different spellings – “Ki Tisa”, “Ki Tissa”, “Ki Thissa”, or “Ki Sisa”

Parsha Ki Tisa Summary

Parsha Ki Tisa begins with Yehovah telling Moses a man must ransom his soul during the census.

We continue with the instructions for the bronze basin. Following this the details and commands about the anointing oil is provided.

We shift away from the details of construction to the craftsmen. Yehovah names the two Spirit (Rauch) filled men – Bezalel and Oholiab. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah and Oholiab is from the tribe of Dan.

The Shabbat is given to Israel as a perpetual covenant as a sign between Yehovah and Israel forever. We are told Moses is given the tablets of the Testimony.

The tragedy of the golden calf occurs. Moses breaks the tablets of the Testimony. Moses attempts to purge the sin from the camp. He also try’s to atone for the people but Yehovah rejects it. Yehovah instructs Moses to take the people to the promised land.

We return to the Mishkan (tabernacle) and its location. Moses cries out to see G-d’s glory. They proceed to have a conversation. Yehovah commands Moses to return once more to Mount Sinai to receive the Testimony again.

We are given the thirteen attributes of G-d. The exclusive Covenant with the children of Israel is given to Moses. He returns to the people with a veiled face.

Ki Tisa כִּי תִשָּׂא are the first and second words and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

כִּ֣י תִשָּׂ֞א אֶת־רֹ֥אשׁ בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֘ לִפְקֻֽדֵיהֶם֒ וְנָ֨תְנ֜וּ אִ֣ישׁ כֹּ֧פֶר נַפְשׁ֛וֹ לַֽיהוָֹ֖ה בִּפְקֹ֣ד אֹתָ֑ם וְלֹא־יִֽהְיֶ֥ה בָהֶ֛ם נֶ֖גֶף בִּפְקֹ֥ד אֹתָֽם

Parsha Ki Tisa Readings

Torah: Exodus (Shemot) 30.22-34.35
Halftorah: 1 Kings 18.1-39
Brit Hahagaddah: 2 Cor 3.1-18

Parsha Ki Tisa Aliyah

First reading — Exodus (Shemot) 30.11-31.17
Second reading — Exodus (Shemot) 31.18-33.11
Third reading — Exodus (Shemot) 33.12-16
Fourth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 33.17-23
Fifth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 34.1-9
Sixth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 34.10-26
Seventh reading — Exodus (Shemot) 34.27-35

Parsha Ki Tisa Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 7,424
  • Hebrew words – 2,002
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 139
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll – 215
  • Double Count – 1  (34.6)
  • Scribal Practices – 1 (34.14)
  • See Hebrew text for Parsha Exodus
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Exodus- 7 (9)
  • Maimonides says: 7
    • Positive – 4
    • Negative – 3
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 9
    • Positive – 4
    • Negative – 5

Parsha Ki Tisa Scriptures

A1: 30:11–31:17A2: 31.18-33.11A3: 33.12–16A4: 33.17–23A5: 34.1–9A6: 34.10–26A7: 34.27–35Halftorah: 1 Kings 18:1–39 Brit Chadashah: 2 Cor 3.1-18

Exodus (Shemot) 30.11–38 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 1)

Exo 30:11  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 30:12  ‘When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel, according to their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
Exo 30:13  This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary – the shekel is twenty gerahs – half a shekel for an offering to the LORD.
Exo 30:14  Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the offering of the LORD.
Exo 30:15  The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of the LORD, to make atonement for your souls.
Exo 30:16  And thou shalt take the atonement money from the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD, to make atonement for your souls.’

Exo 30:17  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 30:18  ‘Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and the base thereof of brass, whereat to wash; and thou shalt put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.
Exo 30:19  And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat;
Exo 30:20  when they go into the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to cause an offering made by fire to smoke unto the LORD;
Exo 30:21  so they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not; and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.’

Exo 30:22  Moreover the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 30:23  ‘Take thou also unto thee the chief spices, of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty,
Exo 30:24  and of cassia five hundred, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin.
Exo 30:25  And thou shalt make it a holy anointing oil, a perfume compounded after the art of the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.
Exo 30:26  And thou shalt anoint therewith the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony,
Exo 30:27  and the table and all the vessels thereof, and the candlestick and the vessels thereof, and the altar of incense,
Exo 30:28  and the altar of burnt-offering with all the vessels thereof, and the laver and the base thereof.
Exo 30:29  And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy; whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
Exo 30:30  And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto Me in the priest’s office.
Exo 30:31  And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: This shall be a holy anointing oil unto Me throughout your generations.
Exo 30:32  Upon the flesh of man shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any like it, according to the composition thereof; it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.
Exo 30:33  Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, he shall be cut off from his people.’
Exo 30:34  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; sweet spices with pure frankincense; of each shall there be a like weight.
Exo 30:35  And thou shalt make of it incense, a perfume after the art of the perfumer, seasoned with salt, pure and holy.
Exo 30:36  And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with thee; it shall be unto you most holy.
Exo 30:37  And the incense which thou shalt make, according to the composition thereof ye shall not make for yourselves; it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD.
Exo 30:38  Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereof, he shall be cut off from his people.’

Exodus (Shemot) 31.1-17 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 1)

Exo 31:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 31:2  ‘See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
Exo 31:3  and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Exo 31:4  to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
Exo 31:5  and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of workmanship.
Exo 31:6  And I, behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all that are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee:
Exo 31:7  the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the ark-cover that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the Tent;
Exo 31:8  and the table and its vessels, and the pure candlestick with all its vessels, and the altar of incense;
Exo 31:9  and the altar of burnt-offering with all its vessels, and the laver and its base;
Exo 31:10  and the plaited garments, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office;
Exo 31:11  and the anointing oil, and the incense of sweet spices for the holy place; according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.’

Exo 31:12  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 31:13  ‘Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying: Verily ye shall keep My sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the LORD who sanctify you.
Exo 31:14  Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore, for it is holy unto you; every one that profaneth it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Exo 31:15  Six days shall work be done; but on the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD; whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Exo 31:16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
Exo 31:17  It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel for ever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He ceased from work and rested.’

Exodus (Shemot) 31.18–33.11 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 2)

Exo 31:18  And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus (Shemot) 32.1-35 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 2)

Exo 32:1  And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him: ‘Up, make us a god who shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.’
Exo 32:2  And Aaron said unto them: ‘Break off the golden rings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.’
Exo 32:3  And all the people broke off the golden rings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.
Exo 32:4  And he received it at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it a molten calf; and they said: ‘This is thy god, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.’
Exo 32:5  And when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said: ‘To-morrow shall be a feast to the LORD.’
Exo 32:6  And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt-offerings, and brought peace-offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to make merry.
Exo 32:7  And the LORD spoke unto Moses: ‘Go, get thee down; for thy people, that thou broughtest up out of the land of Egypt, have dealt corruptly;
Exo 32:8  they have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed unto it, and said: This is thy god, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.’
Exo 32:9  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people.
Exo 32:10  Now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them; and I will make of thee a great nation.’
Exo 32:11  And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said: ‘LORD, why doth Thy wrath wax hot against Thy people, that Thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
Exo 32:12  Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, saying: For evil did He bring them forth, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from Thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against Thy people.
Exo 32:13  Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Thy servants, to whom Thou didst swear by Thine own self, and saidst unto them: I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.’
Exo 32:14  And the LORD repented of the evil which He said He would do unto His people.
Exo 32:15  And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, with the two tables of the testimony in his hand; tables that were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
Exo 32:16  And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
Exo 32:17  And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses: ‘There is a noise of war in the camp.’
Exo 32:18  And he said: ‘It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome, but the noise of them that sing do I hear.’
Exo 32:19  And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mount.
Exo 32:20  And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it with fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
Exo 32:21  And Moses said unto Aaron: ‘What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought a great sin upon them?’
Exo 32:22  And Aaron said: ‘Let not the anger of my lord wax hot; thou knowest the people, that they are set on evil.
Exo 32:23  So they said unto me: Make us a god, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.
Exo 32:24  And I said unto them: Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off; so they gave it me; and I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.’
Exo 32:25  And when Moses saw that the people were broken loose – for Aaron had let them loose for a derision among their enemies –
Exo 32:26  then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said: ‘Whoso is on the LORD’S side, let him come unto me.’ And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
Exo 32:27  And he said unto them: ‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel: Put ye every man his sword upon his thigh, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.’
Exo 32:28  And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
Exo 32:29  And Moses said: ‘Consecrate yourselves to-day to the LORD, for every man hath been against his son and against his brother; that He may also bestow upon you a blessing this day.’
Exo 32:30  And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people: ‘Ye have sinned a great sin; and now I will go up unto the LORD, peradventure I shall make atonement for your sin.’
Exo 32:31  And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said: ‘Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them a god of gold.
Exo 32:32  Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin – ; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.’
Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book.
Exo 32:34  And now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee; behold, Mine angel shall go before thee; nevertheless in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.’
Exo 32:35  And the LORD smote the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

Exodus (Shemot) 33.1-11 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 2)

Exo 33:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses: ‘Depart, go up hence, thou and the people that thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land of which I swore unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying: Unto thy seed will I give it –
Exo 33:2  and I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite –
Exo 33:3  unto a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people; lest I consume thee in the way.’
Exo 33:4  And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned; and no man did put on him his ornaments.
Exo 33:5  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Say unto the children of Israel: Ye are a stiffnecked people; if I go up into the midst of thee for one moment, I shall consume thee; therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.’
Exo 33:6  And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments from mount Horeb onward.

Exo 33:7  Now Moses used to take the tent and to pitch it without the camp, afar off from the camp; and he called it The tent of meeting. And it came to pass, that every one that sought the LORD went out unto the tent of meeting, which was without the camp.
Exo 33:8  And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the Tent, that all the people rose up, and stood, every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the Tent.
Exo 33:9  And it came to pass, when Moses entered into the Tent, the pillar of cloud descended, and stood at the door of the Tent; and the LORD spoke with Moses.
Exo 33:10  And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud stand at the door of the Tent, all the people rose up and worshipped, every man at his tent door.
Exo 33:11  And the LORD spoke unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he would return into the camp; but his minister Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the Tent.

Exodus (Shemot) 33.12–16 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 3)

Exo 33:12  And Moses said unto the LORD: ‘See, Thou sayest unto me: Bring up this people; and Thou hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. Yet Thou hast said: I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in My sight.
Exo 33:13  Now therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show me now Thy ways, that I may know Thee, to the end that I may find grace in Thy sight; and consider that this nation is Thy people.’
Exo 33:14  And He said: ‘My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.’
Exo 33:15  And he said unto Him: ‘If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Exo 33:16  For wherein now shall it be known that I have found grace in Thy sight, I and Thy people? is it not in that Thou goest with us, so that we are distinguished, I and Thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth?’

Exodus (Shemot) 33.17–23 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 4)

Exo 33:17  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken, for thou hast found grace in My sight, and I know thee by name.’
Exo 33:18  And he said: ‘Show me, I pray Thee, Thy glory.’
Exo 33:19  And He said: ‘I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.’
Exo 33:20  And He said: ‘Thou canst not see My face, for man shall not see Me and live.’
Exo 33:21  And the LORD said: ‘Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon the rock.
Exo 33:22  And it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand until I have passed by.
Exo 33:23  And I will take away My hand, and thou shalt see My back; but My face shall not be seen.’

Exodus (Shemot) 34.1–9 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 5)

Exo 34:1  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first; and I will write upon the tables the words that were on the first tables, which thou didst break.
Exo 34:2  And be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to Me on the top of the mount.
Exo 34:3  And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.’
Exo 34:4  And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tables of stone.
Exo 34:5  And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
Exo 34:6  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed: ‘The LORD, the LORD, God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;
Exo 34:7  keeping mercy unto the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and unto the fourth generation.’
Exo 34:8  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Exo 34:9  And he said: ‘If now I have found grace in Thy sight, O Lord, let the Lord, I pray Thee, go in the midst of us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Thine inheritance.’

Exodus (Shemot) 34.10–26 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 6)

Exo 34:10  And He said: ‘Behold, I make a covenant; before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been wrought in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD that I am about to do with thee, that it is tremendous.
Exo 34:11  Observe thou that which I am commanding thee this day; behold, I am driving out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
Exo 34:12  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest they be for a snare in the midst of thee.
Exo 34:13  But ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim.
Exo 34:14  For thou shalt bow down to no other god; for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God;
Exo 34:15  lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go astray after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and they call thee, and thou eat of their sacrifice;
Exo 34:16  and thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go astray after their gods, and make thy sons go astray after their gods.
Exo 34:17  Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.
Exo 34:18  The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, at the time appointed in the month Abib, for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.
Exo 34:19  All that openeth the womb is Mine; and of all thy cattle thou shalt sanctify the males, the firstlings of ox and sheep.
Exo 34:20  And the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck. All the first-born of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before Me empty.
Exo 34:21  Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; in plowing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.
Exo 34:22  And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the turn of the year.
Exo 34:23  Three times in the year shall all thy males appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.
Exo 34:24  For I will cast out nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders; neither shall any man covet thy land, when thou goest up to appear before the LORD thy God three times in the year.
Exo 34:25  Thou shalt not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.
Exo 34:26  The choicest first-fruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.’

Exodus (Shemot) 34.27–35 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Aliyah 7)

Exo 34:27  And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Write thou these words, for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.’
Exo 34:28  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten words.

Exo 34:29  And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of the testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses knew not that the skin of his face sent forth beams while He talked with him.
Exo 34:30  And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face sent forth beams; and they were afraid to come nigh him.
Exo 34:31  And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him; and Moses spoke to them.
Exo 34:32  And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh, and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.
Exo 34:33  And when Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.
Exo 34:34  But when Moses went in before the LORD that He might speak with him, he took the veil off, until he came out; and he came out; and spoke unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.
Exo 34:35  And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face sent forth beams; and Moses put the veil back upon his face, until he went in to speak with Him.

1 Kings 18:1–39(Parsha Ki Tisa, Haftarah)

1Ki 18:1  And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying: ‘Go, show thyself unto Ahab, and I will send rain upon the land.’
1Ki 18:2  And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria.
1Ki 18:3  And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. – Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly;
1Ki 18:4  for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took a hundred prophets, and hid them fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water. –
1Ki 18:5  And Ahab said unto Obadiah: ‘Go through the land, unto all the springs of water, and unto all the brooks; peradventure we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.’
1Ki 18:6  So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
1Ki 18:7  And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him; and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said: ‘Is it thou, my lord Elijah?’
1Ki 18:8  And he answered him: ‘It is I; go, tell thy lord: Behold, Elijah is here.’
1Ki 18:9  And he said: ‘Wherein have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
1Ki 18:10  As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee; and when they said: He is not here, he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
1Ki 18:11  And now thou sayest: Go, tell thy lord: Behold, Elijah is here.
1Ki 18:12  And it will come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the LORD will carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he will slay me; but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.
1Ki 18:13  Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid a hundred men of the LORD’S prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
1Ki 18:14  And now thou sayest: Go, tell thy lord: Behold, Elijah is here; and he will slay me.’
1Ki 18:15  And Elijah said: ‘As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself unto him to-day.’
1Ki 18:16  So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
1Ki 18:17  And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him: ‘Is it thou, thou troubler of Israel?’
1Ki 18:18  And he answered: ‘I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed the Baalim.
1Ki 18:19  Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the Asherah four hundred, that eat at Jezebel’s table.’

1Ki 18:20  And Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21  And Elijah came near unto all the people, and said: ‘How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.’ And the people answered him not a word.
1Ki 18:22  Then said Elijah unto the people: ‘I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
1Ki 18:23  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under.
1Ki 18:24  And call ye on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.’ And all the people answered and said: ‘It is well spoken.’
1Ki 18:25  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal: ‘Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under.’
1Ki 18:26  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying: ‘O Baal, answer us.’ But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they danced in halting wise about the altar which was made.
1Ki 18:27  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said: ‘Cry aloud; for he is a god; either he is musing, or he is gone aside, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.’
1Ki 18:28  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with swords and lances, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1Ki 18:29  And it was so, when midday was past, that they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening offering; but their was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
1Ki 18:30  And Elijah said unto all the people: ‘Come near unto me’; and all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was thrown down.
1Ki 18:31  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying: ‘Israel shall be thy name.’
1Ki 18:32  And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD; and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
1Ki 18:33  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid it on the wood.
1Ki 18:34  And he said: ‘Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt-offering, and on the wood.’ And he said: ‘Do it the second time’; and they did it the second time. And he said: ‘Do it the third time’; and they did it the third time.
1Ki 18:35  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
1Ki 18:36  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening offering, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said: ‘O LORD, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that Thou art God in Israel, and that I am Thy servant, and that I have done all these things at Thy word.
1Ki 18:37  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that Thou, LORD, art God, for Thou didst turn their heart backward.’
1Ki 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Ki 18:39  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said: ‘The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.’

2 Cor 3.1-18 (Parsha Ki Tisa, Renewed Covenant)

2Co 3:1  Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
2Co 3:2  You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.
2Co 3:3  And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2Co 3:4  Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.
2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,
2Co 3:6  who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2Co 3:7  Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end,
2Co 3:8  will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?
2Co 3:9  For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.
2Co 3:10  Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it.
2Co 3:11  For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
2Co 3:12  Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,
2Co 3:13  not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end.
2Co 3:14  But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.
2Co 3:15  Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.
2Co 3:16  But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
2Co 3:17  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2Co 3:18  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

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  • Shemot – 13th Parsha – Ex. 1.1 – 6.1
  • Vaeira – 14th Parsha – Ex. 6.2 – 9.35
  • Bo – 15th Parsha – Ex. 10.1 – 13.16
  • Beshalach – 16th Parsha – Ex. 13.17 – 17.16
  • Yitro – 17th Parsha – Ex. 18.1 – 20.23 (26)
  • Mishpatim – 18th Parsha – Ex. 21.1 – 24.18
  • Terumah – 19th Parsha – Ex. 25.1 – 27.19
  • Tetzaveh – 20th Parsha – Ex. 27.20 – 30-10
  • Ki Tisa – 21st Parsha – Ex. 30.11 – 34.35
  • Vayakhel – 22nd Parsha – Ex. 35.1 -38.20
  • Pekudei – 23rd Parsha – Ex. 38.21 – 40.38
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