David Helfand is a fourth year rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies where he is also pursuing a masters degree in Jewish Education. David serves as the rabbinic intern at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills,CA. David has completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as well as a summer as a spiritual counselor at a Jewish addiction and rehab center. David decided to pursue the rabbiniate because he couldn’t make it as a Jewish and observant sports broadcaster and because of his love for the Jewish people, the tradition and a good cholent on Shabbat afternoon.
This Week’s Torah Portion – Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35) – begins with the census of the people of Israel and with further instructions concerning the Tabernacle and the Shabbat. The portion then proceeds to tell the story of the Golden Calf, Moses’ plea to god, the splitting of the Tablets into two, and the giving of the second tablets.
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