Parshat Ki Tisa!

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This week we read parshat Ki Tisa! In this week’s parshah the people of Israel are all told to give half a sheckel of silver over to the Sanctuary. In addition, instructions are provided for the making of a water basin, anointing oil, and incense for the Sanctuary. “Wise hearted” artisans: Betzalel and Aholiav are placed in charge of the construction of the Sanctuary. The men are also commanded to keep Shabbat.

When Moshe does not return from Mount Sinai exactly when he was expected to, the Jewish people begin to loose hope and worship a golden calf. Hashem proposes that this nation should be destroyed for committing such sinful acts, but Moshe interjects on their behalf. (Similar to Avrahahm regarding Sodom and Gomorra).

Moshe proceeds to descend down the mountain, carrying the tablets of testimony (engraved with the 10 commandments). Moshe is appalled upon seeing the Jewish people dancing around the golden calf, and he breaks the tablets, destroys the idol, and has many of the culprits put to death. Moshe then returns to G d and says, “If you do not forgive them, blot me out from the book that you have written.”

Hashem forgives the Jewish people for their awful crime, but states that their sins will be felt for many generations. At first, Hashem proposes to send an angel along with them but Moshe insists that Hashem himself must accompany the Jewish people throughout the desert, and into the Promised Land.

Moshe ascends the mountain once more, and prepares a new set of tablets in which Hashem reinscribes the covenant onto the second tablets. While on the mountain, Moshe is granted a vision of the divine thirteen attributes of mercy. Upon his return, Moshe’s face is oh so radiant that he must cover it with a veil, upon which he only removed in order to speak to Hashem, or to teach the laws to the Jewish people.

This week, we venture on a very long journey to Iran! One of my favorite Iranian dishes is Jujeh Kabob, and here’s how to make it!

1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. orange zest
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. crushed saffron
1 tsp. ground coriander
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, sliced
2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 plum tomatoes, cored
Ground sumac, to garnish
2 limes, halved
Lavash or pita, for serving

Stir together yogurt, juice, oil, zest, cumin, salt, pepper, saffron, coriander, garlic, and onions in a bowl; add chicken, and toss to coat. Chill for 4 hours. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, heat a gas grill to medium-high, or heat broiler to high. Skewer chicken on 4 metal skewers, and skewer tomatoes lengthwise on another skewer. Grill chicken and tomatoes, turning often, until tomatoes are soft and charred, about 7 minutes, and chicken is cooked through and slightly charred, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle skewers with sumac; serve with limes and lavash.

Shabbat Shalom everyone!