In this Midrashic Monologue, we suggest an answer to the question, “Who were the 70 elders who accompanied Moses up Mount Sinai?” We also explore the power of our Torah’s central figure celebrating the love between two men and even lifting up their bond as one of their defining strengths. Our purpose in creating these Midrashic Monologues is to give a voice to the voiceless, and with that in mind, we bring you the story of Assir and Zimmah. When Moses appeared in the doorway
I could tell my brother was furious. His nostrils flared as he stood on the mountain, looking down on the crowd dancing around a golden calf. Jaw clenched, arms shaking, he lifted the two tablets up high. His eyes seemed to pick me out from amongst the multitudes. I could feel his gaze boring a hole through my head.
Then, anger consuming him, he threw down those tablets and flew toward our people, destroying the golden calf, meting out punishment to those who danced for the