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    Counting & forgiveness – Ki Tissa

    The name Ki Tissa is usually translated as “When you shall count”. The context is counting the number of members of the people of Israel.

    The verb nasa can also mean “to forgive”. In that sense it tells us how important it is to be forgiven for the sins that tend to stain our record all the time.

    It’s important not only to be forgiven by HaShem, but to forgive ourselves. Sin becomes an obsession if we cannot move beyond it and say with Maimonides (Hilchot Teshuvah), “I am sorry for what I did. I shall be careful and not commit this sin again!”

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