After Sinai – part three
After the Sinai Experience – part three
(THU June 13, 2019 – Sivan 10, 5779)
It is written in commentary, that moments before H’Shem uttered the Ten Commandments at Sinai, all of Creation was silent. Additionally, there was no echo of G-d’s voice present amongst the desert-scape of the wilderness. Rather, His voice permeated every nook and cranny of the desert. Why were the Commandments given in a desert? Because of its scarceness, wherein there was nothing to interfere with the receiving of G-d’s commandments. Had the commandments been given within civilization, there would have been too many competing factors, vying for the attention of B’nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel).
This brings to mind, how it is all too true today, that there are many distractions, ideologies, and belief systems, especially within a modern democracy, that tug at our sleeves. With the proliferation of the Internet, the Age of Information has the potential to overwhelm the sensibilities of man’s mind, body and spirit. Truly, we live in a wilderness, not like the desert where B’nei Yisrael received the commandments; rather, we live in a wilderness wherein the light of truth can hardly shine through the fabric of ideas woven into our existence, by way of pixels, optic wires, and Internet cables.
These microcosms of the Collective Mind compete against the traditional beliefs and values ratified within the context of the Covenant made at Sinai. It is as if, to say that the Voice of G-d can only be found resonating inside of us, wherein we yearn for something more than the fading trends that modernity has to offer. Yet, G-d is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. His truths stand the test of time; and, his mercies do not fade; they are renewed every morning. The void inside of us that we constantly try to fill with all that this post-modern world has to offer, can only be substantially filled by something that transcends ourselves.