The Experience at Mount Sinai

The Experience at Mount Sinai

The people heard the two commandments simultaneously, the Zohar Have you ever wondered what standing at Mount Sinai felt like? Tradition teaches that all the souls of the Jewish people, past, present and future stood together and heard the voice of God. So what did we actually experience? The Torah states: “And all the people saw the voices and the torches, the sound of the shofar, and the smoking mountain, and the people saw and trembled; so they stood from afar.” The Zohar picks up on this statement: ” Surely the Torah should have said that the people heard the voices. However, we learn that these voices were engraved in the darkness, the cloud, and the fog, and appeared within them. The voices appeared in form just as an actual body appears. It was from this vision that we saw that we were illuminated with the highest illumination and we knew what no other subsequent generation knew.” When we received God’s voice, face to face, at Mount Sinai it changed us and the world forever. This podcast is dedicated for a refuah shelemah , a perfect healing for Virginia Veracruz, the  daughter of Mary Salas, and also in loving memory of Feiga bat Shmuel and Rivka and for an ilui nishamatah, the elevation of her soul. The material for this podcast is translated from the Zohar Perush haSulam ma’amar, vkol ha’am roim hakolot.    

We stood together at Mount Sinai

“as one man with one heart”

The Children of Israel came to Mount Sinai, ready and willing to accept the Torah. We need to ask ourselves today, to what extent do we really want the Torah? For it is only the desire for the Torah that provides a suitable vessel for the Torah. Without the correct vessel, the light of the Torah, which is unceasing since the revelation on Mount Sinai, cannot be received by us.

In this talk, based on an oral talk the Baal HaSulam gave at the festive meal of Shavuot 1948, we learn what are the requirements for us too, to stand at the foot of Mount Sinai, here and now, and receive the word of God.

Listen now (about 15 mins.)

Talk taken from “Hashem Shamati Shimecha”: the oral works of the Baal HaSulam collected by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag and the other students, collated by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb.

With many grateful thanks to my chevrutas Channa Glazer, Shmuel Igar Kinyan, Timna Segal, Dahlia Orlov, Shayna Falk, James Torrance and Sara Schroeder

Further talks on Shavuot

The vessel for receiving the Torah: A talk for Shavuot

Shavuot is the festival for the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.  This energy comes around every year. So our question needs to be : How should I receive the Torah? Here is a talk based on an by Rabbi Baruch Ashlag z’l.

Listen (11 minutes) http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/audio-on-festivals#Shavuot

The language of Halachah

Is halachah a lifestyle? Many of my non-observant friends may think so, but in fact its essence is far more than that. It may be said to be a language, a language of actions as precise as those we speak in a sentence. 

Listen to the talk on http://www.nehorapress.com/