Weekly Torah Portion: Ki Tisa (When You Take) And Purim

Posted March 6th, 2012 in Torah Portion and tagged , , , , , , , , , by WordMillah

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This Wednesday, March 7th at 4:59 am this year, begins The Fast of Esther, which Ends at 6:35pm. Thursday (Wednesday at Sundown) Purim Begins and Shushan Purim begins Friday (Thursday at Sundown). Finally we light our Shabbat Candles at 5:39pm.

This week I have reposted an Article from Messiah’s Journal (A division of First fruits of Zion) in honor of “The Purim Week.” This article was posted from a 2009 publication, so the dates to our Western Calendars may or may not vary. Enjoy!
For Such a Time as This

When I think of Purim, I think of the wonder and awe of God‘s sovereign plans for us. The theme of “For such a Time as This” perfectly pictures God’s hand in the life of Esther, an orphan, reared by her uncle and then miraculously placed in the palace courts of the king.

Esther is, by far, the most celebrated ‘character’ in this saga because she played the supernatural role in freeing her people by the hand of the king by being in the exact place and time in which God put her by His own design. Her participation required humble obedience to the ways of the Most High King of the universe–ways that are very often unfathomable to mankind. But more than her meritorious response to God’s call on her life is the fact that Adonai had a plan for her, even from the time that she was a small child. He designed the scope of her life to flow within His intricate format. In reality, our hearts are destined to celebrate no other being than the King of the Universe during Purim–for He is truly exactly that.

We are invited to read the scroll of Esther, or Megillat Esther, on Purim several times. Each time, we blot out the name of the wicked man who tried to sabotage the future of the Jewish people. Despite his plans, which seemed set in stone at the time, the Lord’s plans were emerging through the life of His servant Esther. Her uncle, Mordecai, knew that Esther’s uninvited presence before the powerful king of more than 127 provinces, from India to Ethiopia, could be potentially calamitous–especially considering the fact that she was about to ask for a change in the decree that he, by Haman’s instigation, had announced over the Jews. However, Mordecai knew the One True God and chose to obey His decree rather than man’s, empowering him to send words of encouragement and confidence with the king’s servants to Esther:

“Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

Read More: http://ffoz.org/messiahonline/articles/appointed_times/for_such_a_time_as_this.php

Ki Tisa | כי תשא | “When you take”

This weeks Torah portion is Ki Tissa (כי תשא), the twenty-first reading from the Torah, literally means “when you lift up.” It comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which could be literally rendered, “When you lift up the head of the sons of Israel to reckon them” (Exodus 30:12). The phrase “lift up the head” is an idiom for taking a head count. The portion begins with instructions for taking a census, finishes up the instructions for making the Tabernacle, reiterates the commandment of Shabbat and then proceeds to tell the story of the golden calf. The majority of Ki Tissa is concerned with the sin of the golden calf, the breach in the covenant between God and Israel, and how Moses undertakes to restore that covenant relationship.

Torah: Sh’mot (Exodus) 30:11-34:35


  • • Exodus 30:11 | The Half Shekel for the Sanctuary
  • • Exodus 30:17 | The Bronze Basin
  • • Exodus 30:22 | The Anointing Oil and Incense
  • • Exodus 31:1 | Bezalel and Oholiab
  • • Exodus 31:12 | The Sabbath Law
  • • Exodus 31:18 | The Two Tablets of the Covenant
  • • Exodus 32:1 | The Golden Calf
  • • Exodus 33:1 | The Command to Leave Sinai
  • • Exodus 33:7 | The Tent outside the Camp
  • • Exodus 33:12 | Moses’ Intercession
  • • Exodus 34:1 | Moses Makes New Tablets
  • • Exodus 34:10 | The Covenant Renewed
  • • Exodus 34:29 | The Shining Face of Moses

Haftarah (Prophets): M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 18:1-39


  • • 1Ki 18:1 | Elijah’s Message to Ahab
  • • 1Ki 18:20 | Elijah’s Triumph over the Priests of Baal

Gospel: Mattai (Mathew) 9:35-11:1


  • • Mattai 9:35 | Compassion For the Crowds
  • • Mattai 10:1 | The Twelve Disciples
  • • Mattai 10:4 | The Twelve Are Sent
  • • Mattai 10:17 | Suffering For His Sake
  • • Mattai 10:26 | Do Not Fear
  • • Mattai 10:34 | Bringing A Sword
  • • Mattai 10:37 | Losing Ones Life
  • • Mattai 10:40 | A Disciple’s Reward
  • • Mattai 11:1 | Yochanan’s Question

Torah and Haftarah / Prophets Readings, Outlines Torah and Haftarah Readings and outlines are reposted courtesy of http://.torahportions.org/ a division of http://.ffoz.org

For further study on “Tetzaveh” and commentaries, please read these articles from First Fruits of Zion http://.ffoz.org

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