Have you every considered what happened to the twin tablets of the law that Moses broke in his anger at seeing the Golden Calf?
In this week’s Torah portion, Pekudei, the early Israelites completed the construction of the tabernacle, the portable sanctuary they would bring with them throughout their wanderings in the wilderness. Moses then “took the Pact and placed it in the ark,” enshrining God’s commandments in the most sacred space available. The Talmud, in Bava Batra 14b, understands this statement to include not only the intact tablets but also those that Moses had broken.
Why would the broken tablets be included with the whole? Perhaps it is a reminder of this experience in our history or its moral to act thoughtfully rather than in haste. Or perhaps it is an object lesson to us, that something (or someone) imbued with holiness retains that despite being (or feeling) broken. Come discuss and debate Torah’s meaning with Rabbi Josh Holo, Dean of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion this Shabbat!
– Rabbi Aaron Meyer