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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...
Exodus 18:1–20:23
The fifth section of the Book of Exodus begins with the account of how Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) joins the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It continues with the culmination of all human history since the creation: the Giving of the Tora...
"וישמע יתרו" “And Yitro heard.” (18:1) QUESTION: Rashi writes, “Yitro had seven names; one was ‘Yeter’ because he ‘added’ a parshah in the Torah: “ve’atah techezeh” — “and you shall seek out” (18:21). When Yitro saw how hard Moshe was working, the first t...
The ZoharVol. II, p. 67b ff. states that G-d did not give the Torah until Yisro came and praised Him. “When Yisro arrived and said:Shmos 18:10-11. ‘Blessed is G-d who rescued you … Now I know that G-d is greater than all deities…,’ he caused G-d’s glory t...
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