in the shadow of the golden calf, prayer becomes a defiant protest from the fiery bones that shake the stars.
and even the heavens have to concede defeat
(discussion about Moshe's prayer after the sin of the Golden Calf for God to forgive and not destroy the people. The letter alef in el 'to' becomes an ayin, a confrontational 'al'. for english translation of this talmud page see here)