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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 BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

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A Good Night's Sleep
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

A Thing or Tu 'bout Shvat
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Spring to Life
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5768

ArtScroll

Heaven-Sent
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

Sole Survivor
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

What is Tu B'Shvat?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

> Every Good Deed Rewarded
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Ultimate Victory is Promised
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

G-d Rules Even In A Period In Which We Fail To See It
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Complaining About The Quality Of The Miracle
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

So Much for Miracles
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Miraculous Nature
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Great Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Sweet' Can Emerge From 'Bitter
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Spiritual and Physical
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

The Great Mirror in the Sky
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758



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ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

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The Plague of Darkness of Every Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Tribes & Elders Given The Royal Treatment At Elim
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Was It Really Fair-oh?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

ArtScroll

The Illusion of Independence
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

On the "Sent" of Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

The Essence of Song
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

> Closer to the Source
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Glorified Money
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

Well-Bread Jews
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Of Seeds and Growth
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

A Wise Person Takes Bones
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Insight Into An Age Old Dilemma
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Stiff-Necked People
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Complaining About The Quality Of The Miracle
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Split-Sea Soup
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Understanding Injustice
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



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