Saturday, April 18, 2009

Moshe received the Torah with awe


"Moshe was sanctified in a cloud and he received the Torah from Sinai, as it is written, ‘And the glory of Gd rested atop Mount Sinai’ – it was for Moshe, to purify him.

"This was after the Aseret haDibrot, according to R’ Yosi haGlili.

"R’ Akiva said, ‘And the cloud covered him for six days’ – This was Moshe, as it is written, ‘And Gd called to Moshe,’ to give honor to Moshe, ‘on the seventh day, from within the cloud.’

"R’ Natan asked: Why did Moshe need to wait for six days, without Gd’s communication? To clean out all eating and drinking from within him, until he could be sanctified and become like a ministering angel.

"R’ Matya ben Charash replied: My master! It was only to intimidate him, so that he would receive the words of Torah with intimidation, awe, trembling and shaking, as it is written, ‘Serve Gd with awe and rejoice with trembling.’"

(Avot d'Rabbi Natan 1:1)

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