“And it came to pass on the third day as morning dawned, that there was thunder and lightning…and the entire nation that was in the camp shuddered.” (Shemot 19:16)
Why was the giving of the Torah accompanied by thunder and lightning? If it was to drive home the awesomeness of the moment, surely the fright caused by the thunder and lightning paled in comparison to the profound sense of awe that Bnei Yisrael experienced from the revelation of G-d himself! Rather, the dramatic physical storm that accompanied the giving of the Torah reflected the earth shattering spiritual discovery that Bnei Yisrael and the world at large experienced at that historic moment.
The Midrash describes G-d’s revelation at Sinai as the “annulment of the decree” that separated “the higher realms and the lower realms.” Meaning that the divide separating the spiritual reality and the physical world that derives from it was breached.
Until the revelation at Sinai, the “truth” of the physical reality was unquestionable. At the giving of the Torah, that perception was shattered. We were shown – and given the eternal ability to recognise – that the truth of all existence is not its tangible matter, but its deprivation from G-d, the One and only true Being, who constantly generates its existence.
Imagine the shock and inner upheaval of a person who discovers that everything he thought he knew until now was a gross distortion of the truth, that reality is in fact the complete opposite of what he perceived it to be. Such was the blow that the G-dly revelation at Sinai dealt to the world’s consciousness.
Accordingly, the thunder and lightning at the giving of the Torah were merely the physical reflection of the spiritual storm that swept over and shocked all of existence at that incredible juncture.
-An excerpt from a talk by the Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 33, pp. 23-24)
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Mazel Tovs & Yartzeits
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Sunday: 9:00 AM Shacharit – followed by fresh bagel breakfast
Monday: 6:00 PM Mincha – in honour of the yartzeit of Anthony Deutsch’s father
In the calendar this week…
22nd Shevat – Chof Beis Shvat – The yartzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
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Rabbi Mendel and Esther Hecht