Torah E-Thought: Cause and Effect

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Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

 

The most singular defining event in Jewish history is found in this week’s parshah; the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Where other religions started with a revelation to one leader, the Jewish tradition is that two million men, women and children all heard G-d at Mount Sinai.

Yet despite the huge number of people present, the Jewish nation’s encampment opposite Mount Sinai is described by the Torah using the singular verb וַיִּחַן, “and he encamped.”

Rashi explains that the singular form denotes that Jewish people camped at Sinai in perfect unison—”as one man, with one heart,” harmoniously readying themselves to receive the Torah. This is no mean feat, as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir told US President Richard Nixon “you may be the president of two hundred and fifty million people, but I am the prime minister of five million prime ministers.”

However, this is not the first time that we have read about a united nation in recent weeks. Just last week we read of the Egyptians pursuing the Jewish people at the Reed Sea, “and behold, Egypt was advancing behind them.” Here too the Torah uses the singular verb נֹסֵעַ “traveling” to describe the thousands of Egyptians who pursued Jewish people after they left Egypt. There, too, Rashi explains that the Egyptians were unified—“with one heart, as one man,”—in their pursuit.

There is, however, a noticeable difference between Rashi’s explanations in these two places. Regarding the Egyptians, Rashi says that they were “with one heart, as one man,” whereas regarding Jewish people, Rashi reverses the order, saying, they were “as one man, with one heart.”

The people of Egypt were a diverse group. The Torah itself distinguishes between the average Egyptians and the sorcerers, and between “those who feared the word of G-d” and those who did not. Despite their differences, however they were unified in their hatred of Jewish people. Their mutual feeling of animosity “with one heart,” led to their unified actions, “as one man”.

On the other hand, the Jewish people’s unity in preparation for the Giving of the Torah, was not merely a uniform reaction to a shared feeling. Rather, their mutual feelings were due to an even deeper unity, an inherent unity that is part of our very identity as Jews. This essential Jewish oneness—“as one man”—is what caused Jewish people to share equal feelings of anticipation and desire to receive the Torah—“as one heart,” despite their individual differences.

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Yitro

Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, hears of the great miracles which G‑d performed for the people of Israel, and comes from Midian to the Israelite camp, bringing with him Moses’ wife and two sons. Jethro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people.

The children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His “kingdom of priests” and “holy nation.” The people respond by proclaiming, “All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do.”

On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.

G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d’s name in vain, to keep the Shabbat, honor their parents, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, and not to bear false witness or covet another’s property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.

 
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