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The Giving of the Torah

The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai was the single most important event in the history of the Jews. It was more important than the creation of the world, and more important than the building or the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. The giving of the Torah defines us as a nation and provides us with a path through our lives.

What happened at Mount Sinai is also the foundation of our belief. That is because the creation of the world isn't independently verifiable as there was no living creature there to see it. The existence of a Jewish nation doesn't prove anything either as there have been many nations in the history of the world. Their existence proved nothing about G-d. But the claim that G-d took two million or more people out of slavery in Egypt, brought them to a small mountain in the Sinai desert, appeared to them, spoke to them with an audible voice, and then gave them 613 commandments through a divinely appointed messenger (Moses) - that's a claim which cannot be ignored.


Rabbi Boruch Clinton teaches at the Ottawa Torah Institute yeshiva high school and Machon Sarah high school for girls (both in Ottawa, Canada). You may reach him with comments and questions at bclinton@torah.org.

You can now read some of Rabbi Clinton's essays on Torah life at http://www.ncf.ca/~es625/essays

You can also buy his collection of essays on the Book of Shmuel (Samuel) in printed form at www.lulu.com/marbitzmedia

Copyright 2000 by Rabbi Boruch Clinton and Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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The Pitfall of Consistency: Been There; Done That
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G-d's Partner
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Not So Simple, Not So Mundane
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In Control
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Peace Without Conjunctions
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The Sword is Mightier than the Pen
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Finding Ourselves - It's The Rage
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Learning to Love What Is!
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A Double-Edged Sword
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> Spear-heading Redemption
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Carrying G-d's Parcels
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Shalom
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One Heart
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Going Against the Flow
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

A Promise of Peace
- 5773

On Who's Honor?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761



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ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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Kindly Justice
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In Control
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

What One Person Can Do!
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A Flock Without a Shepherd
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

YomTov, vol. XIII # 3
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

Temperament of a Kohen
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Unquestioned Answers
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About This We Cry!
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Father Knows Best
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

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Appreciation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Peace Not Pieces
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Zealotry for the Good
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

> Second Guessing Pinchas
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Tempered Blessing
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

When Moshiach Comes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

To My Very Last Breath
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772



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