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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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May 22, 2015
Is this holiday marking the time when Moses recv'd the Torah?
June 17, 2014
- 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.
Yisroel Cotlar
Cary NC
June 16, 2014
answers to questions
I see below there are a lot of questions below but no individual answers; why ?
Louis Sigmond
Meadow Vista, CA
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?
February 1, 2014
Number of People at the Giving of the Torah
How many were there?
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.
Rosa Ortega
San Francisco, CA USA
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.
Louis Sigmond
Meadow Vista, California
March 27, 2011
Moses and Meskos
Is there a relationship between the name Meskos and Moses
Tom Meskos
Melbourne, Victoria
May 20, 2007
this was so interesting. it made me feel a part of receiving the ten commandments
June 7, 2006
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,
Deborah Lowery
Gastonia, NC
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