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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Parsha

At the center of this week’s portion of Ki Tissa is the worship of the Golden Calf, but I believe more important than the sin is the lesson of Divine Mercy as an answer for our propensity to sin. We are taught the thirteen attributes of Hashem which we repeat whenever we beseech the Al-Mighty for compassion and forgiveness in the face of our transgressions. And we hear the words which man always longs to hear, Salachti KidVarecha – I have forgiven according to your request. 

King Solomon writes in Proverbs that a righteous man can fall seven times and still rise up. We say modeh veozev, admit and leave your sin, yerucham – and Hashem will grant forgiveness. 

With this in mind, one must be puzzled by the Haftara which we read on Shabbat

Sometimes we wonder whether we puny individuals can make an impact on world events, whether we can make a real difference in G-d`s universe.

Most of us would give a negative response to such questions. Parshas Ki Tisa however, comes to challenge that view. This week`s parsha impresses upon us that not only is it possible for us to make a difference, but it is our imperative to do so. The portion opens with the words "Ki Tisa..." - "When you shall take a census of the children of Israel..

This week’s perasha begins Vayik-chu Li Terumah. And let them take for me a portion or a donation. With these words begins the first Jewish fundraiser for the building of the mishkan - the tabernacle in the desert. And unlike almost any other fundraiser in our history, this one ended three days later with Moses telling the people, "we don’t need anymore, we have enough".

When it comes to building beautiful edifices, the Jewish people have always given generously. Solomon built the

Each Shabbat we have a kiddush at our synagogue. During the winter when we pray Mincha around 12:30, we extend lunch with a class and often add some additional short speeches by congregants relating to that week’s kiddush dedication.

This past Shabbat we commemorated the Yahrzeit's of Mr. Alan Wagner the father of my long time Chevrutah, Rabbi Michael Wagner and Mr. Simcha Yusupov whose family had emigrated from the former Soviet Union, who I count among my dearest friends and who have become

In this week’s parsha, we find the commandments to build the mishkan and all the vessels that were contained therein, including the ark, the menorah and the altar. But interestingly enough, as the parsha enjoins us to offer our contributions, it interrupts the sequence by teaching us the ultimate purpose of the mishkan - “so that I may dwell in your midst.” Thus, by connecting the purpose of the sanctuary with the command to build it, the Torah is imparting to us a profound teaching which is at