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Shir ha-Shirim XIII: Part Five: Sefirah 14 Print E-mail

Shir HashirimThe Rabbis say: Is there a left hand above (was the Attribute of Justice functioning at that time)? Is it not written, “Your right hand, oh God, is glorious in power, Your right hand, all God (Exodus 15:6)?” No. The Statement went forth from the Holy One, Blessed is He, to the right hand of Israel, and went round the camp of Israel, and returned circuitously from the right hand of Israel to the right hand of God. He received it from His right hand and engraved it on the Tablet, and the sound of it went from one end of the world to the other, as it says, “The voice of God hews out flames of fire.” (Shir Hashirim Rabbah 1.2:2, Part Five)

 

The Rabbis do not picture the scene as God and Israel “facing” each other, but rather, as if they were standing in one place together. There was no loss of the unity of the Ten Statements as they went from God to the people. There was no dilution of the truth despite the fact that they were limited human beings. They experienced Torah as it was, if only for a moment. That moment became part of our reality. It is there in potential every time we study Torah: we have access to Torah as it comes from God, not only as a limited human being can perceive and understand it.

The Rabbis teach us that we must connect to that moment of perfect comprehension, at least in potential, each time we study Torah.

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