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SERMON: A Torah for All Jews

May 21, 2013

My colleague, Rabbi Chai Posner, wants to know…where were YOU during matan Torah?

Every generation has its monumental moments when people remember exactly where they were when a particular event occurred. For many, the Kennedy assassination is one of those moments (I don’t know why, but I can’t seem to remember where I was when that happened).

I do remember where I was when we found out on a Saturday night that Yizchak Rabin had been assassinated. I remember exactly where I was when 9/11 happened. I was actually in Israel.

These moments are memorable because of their tragic nature. But our Sages took this a step further when it came to a joyous event – the giving of the Torah. According to the Midrash our sages insist that not just do all Jews remember where they were when the Torah was given, but all Jews were actually in the same place. They were all at Sinai receiving the Torah.

Now, that’s no big deal. But our sages take it even a step further. Not just were all Jews of that generation at Har Sinai when the Torah was given, but the souls of all Jews of future generations were present as well. READ MORE

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