Ki Tisa–You Broke, You Replace

The LORD said to Moses, “Carve two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke.”   34:1

God himself had carved the first set of tablets.  Rashi comments, “You broke the original ones, now you yourself carve the replacements.”

This simple act of reparation is enjoined and performed without further drama.  It may be the best lesson of the aftermath of the Golden Calf fiasco*—fix what you can, and move on.


*The beginning of the parsha tells how, when Moses saw the Israelites worshipping the molten calf, he threw down the first set of tablets in anger. 

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