85. וְלָכֵן כָּל אֵלּוּ מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁמֵּתוּ הִתְחַבְּרוּ עִמָּהֶם בְּלִבָּם. וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁהָיוּ שְׁתֵּי דְמֻיּוֹת, כָּתוּב אֵלֶּה אֱלֹהֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְלֹא כָתוּב זֶה, אֶלָּא אֵלֶּה. שְׁנַיִם הָיוּ כְּאֶחָד. אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלוּךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, הֶעֱלוּךָ וְלֹא כָתוּב הֶעֶלְךָ.
86. וַיַּעֲשֵׂהוּ עֵגֶל מַסֵּכָה וַיֹּאמְרוּ. לֹא כָתוּב וַיֹּאמֶר, אֶלָּא וַיֹּאמְרוּ, שֶׁאַהֲרֹן לֹא אָמַר דָּבָר. שָׁנִינוּ, מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים וְחָמֵשׁ קַנְתָּרִים הָיוּ בוֹ.
87. אֵיךְ כָּתוּב וַיִּקַּח מִיָּדָם? וְכִי בְיָדָם הָיוּ כָּל הַקַּנְטָרִים הַלָּלוּ? אֶלָּא מִכְּלָל שֶׁל אוֹתָם קַנְטָרִים לָקַח מְלֹא יְדֵיהֶם, וְאוֹתוֹ מְעַט הִתְעַלָּה עַל הַכֹּל כְּאִלּוּ הַכֹּל הָיָה בִּידֵיהֶם.
Zohar Ki Tisa
“וַיִּקַּח מִיָּדָם וַיָּצַר אֹתוֹ בַּחֶרֶט וַיַּעֲשֵׂהוּ עֵגֶל מַסֵּכָה וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלֶּה אֱלֹהֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלוּךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם.”
“He took this from their hands, and formed it with a graving tool and made it into a molded (מַסֵּכָה) calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel that brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
The magicians of the Erev Rav drew two spirits together, one male and one female. The spirit of Male dressed in the shape of Ox and the female spirit dressed in the shape of a Donkey.
The male shape formed because the first harmful force of the other side is called ‘Ox’.
The Donkey shape because it was said about the Egyptian magicians that they have flesh of Donkeys.
The verse says, “and they said, ‘These are your gods’”. The plural form of the verse tells us that the Erev Rav declared it and not Aaron. ‘Gods’ refer to the two spiritual shapes that were part of the Golden Calf.
The word ‘מַסֵּכָה’ translated as ‘molded’ or ‘molten’ has a numerical value of 125. The Zohar explains that from the word ‘אלהים’ ‘God’ of the Holy side to the God of the other side there are 120 arrangements of the word ‘אלהים’. For that reason, the Magicians use 120 weight units of Gold for creating the Golden Calf. The added 5 is for the 5 letters of the name ‘אלהים’.
The 120 units of Gold were very heavy. The Zohar explains that they brought only hands full to Aaron and ‘He took this from their hands’. It wasn’t the whole quantity but a small amount that represented the entire 120 units of weight.
When we create something new, we better conceal it from others, until it forms the shape that we are looking for. Because external consciousness can impact our actions significantly. The pregnancy of a woman is not visible for the first three months in order to protect the baby in its first and important stage of development.
Similarly, with every new idea that we wish to bring to action, we better conceal it from any eye or ear that is not ready to support us. We may not have wicked magicians around us but every unkind consciousness or jealousy could negatively affect our actions.