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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 DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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Hidden Yet Loving
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The Laws of Kashrus: Is it techinical or something deeper?
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Not To Worry, G-d's In Charge
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Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

17th of Tammuz: Why We Fast - Part 1
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Moshe's Personal Assessment
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Personal Judge
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> All Israel
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Golden Opportunities
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Because of Us, not Through Us
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

ArtScroll

The Nine Days of Mourning
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Shabat Outweighs the Ninth Day of Av
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Unquestioned Answers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Words, Words, and More Words
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5765

The Eye Generation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Taking Stock
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Our Father, Our Light
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758



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ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 2
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 1
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Only the Shadow Knows
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Foundation of Piety
Shlomo Katz - 5773

A Hopeful Mourning
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

Constantly Challenged
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Who will Remember?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

In Other Words
Shlomo Katz - 5764

A Good Eye
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

> Unite!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

Forgotten Oaths
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Don't Flaunt It
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

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The Speech That Never Ends
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

Replaced with Genuine Joy!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

Rebuking 101
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Seeing HASHEM with Our Hearts
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772



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