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May 19, 2023 9:27 pm


Mount Sinai was not the highest and most splendid mountain. In fact, it is described as being the lowest of all the mountains which might have been chosen.


G‑d chose Mount Sinai for the Giving of the Torah in order to teach an important message: Humility is a prerequisite to the Torah.


When receiving guidance from G-d, we need the ability to listen


That is a rare quality - usually our own ego gets in the way. We hear our own ideas, not what the Torah is saying. Humility lets us be receptive to the learn and grow. 


But if the emphasis is on humility, why choose a mountain at all? Wouldn't the message have been more keenly felt if the Torah were given on a flat plain, or even better, in a valley?


While humility is important, there are also many occasions in Jewish life when a more determined and forceful approach is needed. 


Personal self-sacrifice, steadfastness in the face of ridicule or contempt, and the readiness to stand up for Judaism in spite of it all, are responses that are sometimes required.


If one were to waver in observance of a Jewish law simply because of the derisive criticism of others, there would soon not be much Judaism left at all!


We need both qualities: humility and strength. The ability to listen, and also the firmness to be able to stand up against the current.

Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

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Of interest:


New, handwritten Maimonides texts discovered at Cambridge University Library


Why Do Jews Have So Many Books?


Codex Sassoon acquired for ANU Museum of the Jewish People for $38.1 million

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