A coin on fire - Ki Tisa

Thursday, 4 March, 2021 - 6:32 am

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What can you buy with one coin?

A snack, a toy, or a pen.

You will not be able to buy something bigger. You would definitely not be able to buy your very life.

Yet, in this week’s Parasha Ki Tisa, the Jews bought back their lives with one coin. Because of the sin of the Golden Calf, all the Jews who sinned merited the death penalty. Moses prayed on behalf of the People and begged G-d to forgive them. G-d listened to Moses and told him to gather from every Jew a coin of a half-shekel, to atone for them.

Our Sages tell us that it was difficult for Moses to understand this commandment. How is possible for a small coin to bring forgiveness for such a great sin?

G-d answered, showing him a coin of fire. Indeed, a small coin on its own does not have such a big power. But when a Jew gives it with “fire”, with warmth and feeling, from the bottom of his heart, it can bring him forgiveness.

Do not underestimate the small actions. Do not underestimate the feeling that accompany them.

Let us try this week to do one good action with more “fire” than what we are used to.

Shabbat Shalom,


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