When the people saw that Moses took so long coming down from the
they gathered against Aaron and said to him,
"Rise, make us Elohim who will go before us,
for this man Moses, who brought us out from the land of Egypt—
we do not know what happened to him!"
Aaron said to them, "Tear off the gold rings
that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters,
and bring them to me. "
So all the people tore off the gold rings that were in their ears
and brought them to Aaron.
This he took from their hands and cast in a mold
and made it into a molten calf.
They exclaimed, "This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out from the land of Egypt!"
When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it
and proclaimed: "Tomorrow is a feast for YHVH!"
The next day, they rose early
and offered up offerings and brought peace offerings;
they sat down to eat and drink, then got up to play.
YHVH spoke to Moses, "Go down,
for your people, whom you brought out from the land of Egypt,
have corrupted themselves!
Quickly they turned from the way I enjoined upon them.
They made themselves a molten calf,
bowed down to it and sacrificed to it,
saying: 'This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out from the land of Egypt!' "
YHVH said to Moses,
"I have seen this people: it is a stiffnecked people.
Now leave Me alone!
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Publication information: Book title: Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment. Contributors: Daniel Chanan Matt - Translator. Publisher: Paulist Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1983. Page number: 133.
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