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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 VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

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Redeeming Factors
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For Crying Out Loud
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Identity of a Jew
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Brotherly Love
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A Little Background Information
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It's All in the Delivery
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Three Steps Forward Before Praying Three Examples
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Basic Concepts and Laws
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A Gallery of Heroes
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Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

The Essence of Reproof
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Those Small Jars
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> Before the Picture is Complete
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Darkness and Light
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Maintaining Strong Family Bonds
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Build with Your Dreams
Shlomo Katz - 5772



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ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

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The Triumph of Quality Over Quantity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

From the Mouth of a "Turned Off" Student
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Smelling The Fragrance Of Hope
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

> A Killing Prayer
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Feel My Pain
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Forgive and Forget
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Chanukah Vs. Purim
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Chanukah, Chutzpah, and Coming Close to G-d
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Sparing Embarrassment Of His Brothers Was Worth The Risk
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

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Three Steps Forward Before Praying Three Examples
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Royal Conflict
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Yosef's Approach to God-Based Events
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

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Preconceived notions
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Family Values
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

At Last, The Final Approach
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

To Love Me is to Hate Me
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759



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