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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...
The Ten Commandments begin “I am G‑d your L‑rd Who took you out of Egypt.” The Rabbis ask: Why does it not say: “Who created heaven and earth”? Seemingly, the creation of existence from absolute nothingness is a more telling miracle. After all, for nothin...
An earnest young visitor from Eretz Yisrael once asked the Rebbe: “How can I tighten my bond with you?” The Rebbe replied: “When I walk down the street, I think over words of Tanya. When you walk down the street, do the same: think over the words of Tanya...
There he was, shipwrecked, alone on an island. He surveyed the few articles washed ashore with him: a few tools, a few necessities, and one book. He took the book and put it in a special place, for he realized that this was to be his sole source of outsid...
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...
From the passage in the Ten Commandments:Yerushalmi, Shabbos 15:3. See also Pesikta Rabasi 23:3. “The seventh day is Shabbos to G-d your L-rd,” our SagesShmos 20:10 learn that we are to refrain on that day not only from physical creative labor, but also f...
In the “Tally of Mitzvos” at the beginning of his Mishnah Torah, the Rambam states: “The first of the positive commandments is to know G-d, as the verse states:Shmos 20:2. ‘I am G-d, your L-rd.’ ” The Rambam begins the laws of Mishnah TorahBeginning of Hi...
We read in the Torah portion Yisro that “In the third month after the Exodus of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, on that day, they came to the wilderness of Sinai… and Israel encamped there before the mountain.”Shmos 19:1-2. The Mechilta com...
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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