They took the bullock which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, 'O Baal, answer us.' But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they danced in a halting manner upon the altar which was made. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, 'Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he is easing himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.'
1 Kings 18.1-39
ki tisa “when you take a census”
Exodus 30:11 – 34:35
When Moses didn’t return from his forty days on the fiery Mt. Sinai (the Hebrews had not accurately counted the time) they became fearful that he was dead and demanded of Aaron that some symbol be created as an intermediary for them and Hashem as they were so used to the Egyptian experience of their many idols and Aaron complied creating the “aigel” - the Golden Calf. Revels began that some say led to an orgy of licentiousness.
When Moses arrived with the “luchot” – the ten commandments which were carved out on sapphire like stones, he heaved them to the ground in rage. When he returned he was so in touch with the divine that he radiated light from his face and head.
The water seen here is the river flowing out from Pardes – the hidden sacred garden of Paradise.