In the Zohar portion of Ki Tisa, Moses tells the Israelites that he is leaving and will return within 40 days. The Israelites, however, miscalculate his return by six hours, and believing he will not come back, create the Golden Calf.
The Golden Calf, the Zohar explains, was like a computer—that was all it was. It spoke, it answered questions, it sang, it did all the things our computers do today. Is that a god? Do we treat a computer like a god? No, we see it is as a tool that can assist us. Although many people rely on the computer, no one expects their computer to lead them. And so why would the Israelites create a Golden Calf? It doesn’t make a great deal of sense.
The Zohar tells us that what took place in the desert 3400 years ago is actually taking place in our very own lives today, because unfortunately the same consciousness that existed then exists now. Many people prefer to live with the Golden Calf; meaning, we still consider the physical things that provide entertainment... Read More