Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Ki Tisa

Worshiping_the_golden_calfIn this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 , we read about the sin of the golden calf, but it also includes more information concerning the Mishkan such as the half shekel, the bronze basin, anointing oil and incense, the selection of the artisans Oholiab and Betzalel, and the importance of the Sabbath.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 30:11-31:17 (45 p’sukim)

2: 31:18-33:11 (47 p’sukim)

3: 33:12-16 (5 p’sukim)

4: 33:17-23 (7 p’sukim)

5: 34:1-9 (9 p’sukim)

6: 34:10-26 (17 p’sukim)

7: 34:27-35 (9 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is I Kings 18:1 – 18:39.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine


The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of anava, which can be translated as humility or meekness. It is not thinking less of yourself, but rather thinking more of others than you do of yourself. Many people are naturally more humble, but this is one virtue I personally struggle with a lot. So join me this week in discovering what humility is and how to be humble.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Anava (Humility). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices (courtesy of Riverton Mussar) listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • In a conversation, focus intently on what the other person is saying and not on what you will say next.
  • Practice active listening and talk less.
  • Prefer someone’s needs over yours.
  • When someone says something that does not agree with your opinion, considering holding your tongue and letting it go.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

“Always seek to learn wisdom from every man, to recognize your failings and correct them. In doing so you will learn to stop thinking about your virtues and you will take your mind off your friend’s faults.” ~Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Satanov

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,