Exodus 19:1-20:23; Numbers 28:26-31

Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12

This reading describes God’s revelation to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai. The first part of the reading details God’s instructions to Moses about preparing the people to receive the Torah. The second part describes the giving of the Ten Commandments.

Soul Memories

What actually happened at Mount Sinai?

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New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.

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The connections between this story and the spring harvest festival.

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Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

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A survey of the many explanations given for the tradition of eating milk products.

How We Hear

Jewish tradition places great emphasis on the way in which we hear and how we interpret the messages we receive.

Preparing To Receive God’s Message

Unlike the first tablets, the second tablets, which were hewn by human hands, endured.