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Moses Receives the Torah

Moses Receives the Torah

Courtesy Farbrengen Magazine
Courtesy Farbrengen Magazine

The entire people heard the words of G‑d, and they became frightened.

They begged Moses to be the intermediary between G‑d and them, for if G‑d Himself would continue to give them the entire Torah, they would surely die. Moses told them not to be afraid, for G‑d had revealed Himself to them so that they would fear Him and not sin.

Then G‑d asked Moses to ascend the mountain; for he alone was able to stand in the presence of G‑d. There Moses was to receive the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments and the entire Torah, to teach it to the children of Israel.

Moses went up the mountain and stayed there forty days and forty nights, without food or sleep, for he had become like an angel. During this time, G‑d revealed to Moses the entire Torah, with all its laws and the interpretations thereof.

Finally, G‑d gave Moses the two stone Tables of Testimony, containing the Ten Commandments, written by G‑d Himself.

From Our People by Jacob Isaacs published and copyrighted by Kehot Publication Society 1946-1948
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Jeff May 22, 2015

Shavout Is this holiday marking the time when Moses recv'd the Torah? Reply

Yisroel Cotlar Cary NC June 17, 2014

Re: - In Exodus 24:4, (See Rashi) before Moses went up that mountain, he presented the Jewish people with an official version of the Book of Genesis, as well as part of Exodus--up to the event at which he was standing.

- There's much discussion about Joshuah's possible role in writing the last few verses of the Torah. The sages of the Mishna were divided about these verses, which describe Moses' death (see Sifri on these verses, and Talmud, Bava Batra 15a and Menachot 30a). Some say Joshua wrote them, others say Moses wrote them "in tears." The classic commentators continue the debate: Rashi cites both opinions, Ibn Ezra takes the view that Joshua wrote them "most likely towards the end of his life"--along with certain other verses.

See this and more in this informative article. Reply

Louis Sigmond Meadow Vista, CA June 16, 2014

answers to questions I see below there are a lot of questions below but no individual answers; why ? Reply

Anonymous June 13, 2014

Where in the Torah was Moses given the testimony of the origin of earth and it's inhabitants Did Moses write about his death? And where in the Torah was it stated that Moses was given the stories of the Torah such as the ancestry of humanity up to Moses's time and all that is in them? Reply

Anonymous February 1, 2014

Number of People at the Giving of the Torah How many were there? Reply

Rosa Ortega San Francisco, CA USA May 26, 2012

Aseret HaDibrot and Love According to my understanding HaShem did not ask nor seek fear from us. At Sinai people were normally frightened since they have never such an experience. Moshe Rabenu convinced the crowd that they must not fear but that they must Love. Fear is a shorter and less meaningful value than Love. On the other hand Aseret HaDibrot are mistranslation when one call them the ten Commandments instead of the rules of creation or the foundations of creation. It is hard to get away from wrong translations which leads to missing the point (Het) and consequently mistakes. Reply

Louis Sigmond Meadow Vista, California June 5, 2011

10 commandments Are the 10 commandments part of the 613 mitzvahs? In other words, there are 603 mitzvahs and "the" 10 commandments?

Why isn't this service stressed more often. To me it seems like such an important day in our history as jews. It would appear to be on par, if not more importand, then Yom Kippur. Reply

Tom Meskos Melbourne, Victoria March 27, 2011

Moses and Meskos Is there a relationship between the name Meskos and Moses Reply

Juanita MB, CA May 20, 2007

Shavuot this was so interesting. it made me feel a part of receiving the ten commandments

Deborah Lowery Gastonia, NC June 7, 2006

Shavuot Thank you for the explaination about Shavuot. I love the Jewish people, customs, and holidays. I have Jewish in my family. May God Bless you and enrich this website. Hopefully, I will be able to write and read Hebrew. Thank you, Reply

Tamara Schuechter Muenchen, Bavaria via April 16, 2006

Passover I was raised as a catholic christian. My problem is that I believe more in the old testament and in the words of good. Even though I know I am not Jewish - I feel like being one! I spend half of the year in Israel "Even Yehuda" cause of business and I just want to tell that I sometimes think that I am more jewish regarding my religous attitude than a lot of Jewish I met and meet there! This is a pity!!!!
I just pray that the current situation (Hamas-Iran) will never affect the land of Israel Reply

Chana Kerrville, Texas July 8, 2005

good reading Enjoyed reading this. Concise so I can print it to display. Reply

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