Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 

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.

 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

The Third Rail
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

The Three Crowns
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

A Count of Anticipation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Faith Healer
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Orlah: Spiritual Barriers
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

From the Inside Out
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

ArtScroll

Naturally! (Not)
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

The Reason The Torah Prohibits Marrying Two Sisters
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

The Value of Reverence
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Senior Partner
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

Lag B'Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Holiness Happens
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

> The Command To 'Be Holy' Was Given In A Mass Gathering
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Aaron's Unlimited Access
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Justice Must Be Carried Out
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Accepting Time
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information

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

 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Basic Recognition
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Fun vs. Pleasure
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Understand The Warning
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Understand the Warning
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

...And Hear It We Must
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Be a Holy Nation!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

ArtScroll

Accepting Time
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Tattooing: Under your skin
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Why is this Portion Different from Other Portions?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

> Good Salesman
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

There's Holy, and There's Holy
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Children of the King
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Prisms of Light - Reflections of Shattered Glass
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

The Students of Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Third Rail
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Do it Because I am Holy
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information