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Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VI, p. 107ff. I. “And on the third day, when it was morning, there were sounds (Kolos) and lightning; and there was a heavy cloud on the mountain. And the sound (Kol) of the shofar [resounded] very powerfully... And the sound (Kol) o...
In this elaborate and profound Sicha, two disagreements in interpretation of events connected with the Giving of the Torah are explored. In both cases the disputants are Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael; and their opinions reveal a deep underlying difference...
How can a limited mortal relate to an unlimited G-d? Mankind has pondered this question for centuries. If He is G-d, He is, by definition, infinite and unbounded, and thus above our comprehension. How then can we establish a connection to Him? Our Sages f...
Just before Mattan Torah, all of the Jewish people gathered around Mount Sinai. The mountain was surrounded by fire, and a heavenly cloud settled on top. The entire world came to a halt as the sound of the shofar was heard; thunder roared and lightning fl...
Yisro; Exodus 18:1-20:23
Adapted from Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XI, p. 74ff; Vol. XV, p. 379ff; Vol. XVI, p. 198; Sichos Shabbos Pashas Yisro, 5751 Yisro’s Identity Few of the weekly Torah readings are named after individuals, so whenever such an association is made, it commands spec...
A Turning Point in the World’s Spiritual History As has been mentioned on several occasions, the giving of the Torah is associated with the uniting of the spiritual and physical realms. Before the giving of the Torah, there was a decree separating the phy...
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 16, Yisro 2
Sometimes a question is so obvious you wonder why it was not asked before. Take for example, the dialogue recorded shortly after the beginning of this week’s Torah reading: Yisro reproaches Moshe for having the entire Jewish people wait for his judgment o...
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 6, Yisro 2
The Giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai was not only a historical event. Every day, we relive that experience. This is reflected in our praise of G‑d as “the Giver of the Torah,” using the present tense, and highlighted by the mandate of our Sages to always ...
Likkutei Sichos, Volume 11, Yisro 1
Why is the Torah reading that describes the Giving of the Torah called Yisro? True, Yisro was Moshe’s father-in-law; he provided Moshe with valuable advice and was a sincere convert. However, when naming this Torah reading, it would seem natural to call i...
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