January 21, 2019

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Ki Tisa with Rabbi Gabe Greenberg

Our Guest this week is Rabbi Gabe Greenberg, rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in New Orleans since June of 2014. Originally from New England, Rabbi Gabe studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar and the Pardes Institute in Israel, before returning to the states to study for his semikha and rabbinic ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York.  He is an alumnus of the Adamah Fellowship in Connecticut, directed the Kayam Farm Kollel in Baltimore, and served as Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator at the Hillel of UC Berkeley.

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. Our discussion focuses, among other things, on the breaking of the First Tablets and the notion of the Second Tablets.