Saturday, 13 March 2010

Ilu Kerivanu lifnei Har Sinai - the Questions

We have ruminated about this many times at our Seder. In 2007 I was privileged to make a short drasha {homily} on the 2nd Day of Passover at Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ.

  1. Can it be true that had God taken us out of Egypt only to abandon us either at the shore of the Red Sea or in the Desert without provision that it would have really been enough?
  2. What is the purpose of stating The list of Dayyeinu and THEN summarizing them with "Kammah Ma'alot Tovot" - i.e.How many advantages... etc."?
  3. What is the point of God bringing us "CLOSE to Sinai" without giving us the Torah? Isn't the entire point of Sinai the Giving of the Torah?! Clue: Consult the Haftarot associated with the Readings of Torah on Yithro and Shavuot

Rabbi Richard Wolpoe

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