Sunday, June 12, 2005

Short Shavuot Message

On Shavuot, the Jewish people reached the level of Adam Harishon before his sin. This means that if the golden calf episode would not have taken place, the Israelites would have entered Israel and Mashiah would have come immediately. After the episode of the golden calf, that level of holiness of the Jewish people had been severely tarnished.

The Midrash Rabbah gives many different opinions on exactly when the Jewish people decided to stray from their "Na'aseh VeNishma" commitment:
  1. Tamuz 17 - when the golden calf episode took place
  2. Tamuz 6 - 29 days after receiving the Torah
  3. Sivan 17 - 11 days after receiving the Torah (both 2 and 3 are based on a Pasuk in Devarim)
  4. Sivan 7 - only 1 day after receiving the Torah
  5. Sivan 6 - they never fully accepted the Torah (this is hardest for me to understand)

Let us hope that this Shavuot, we will accept the Torah once again, but this time with a greater commitment than ever before - Belaiv Shalem (with a complete heart). In so doing, we will "Reverse the curse" of the golden calf, and hopefully merit that Mashiah will come this year, Amen!


At Sun Jun 12, 03:36:00 AM 2005, Blogger Cosmic X said...


At Tue Jun 14, 03:34:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know where Rav Eliyahu's shul is located?

At Tue Jun 14, 02:13:00 PM 2005, Blogger Batya said...

On the 7th of Sivan two years ago, I became a grandmother.
no connection

At Tue Jun 14, 11:45:00 PM 2005, Blogger yaak said...

> Does anybody know where Rav Eliyahu's shul is located?

Last I knew, it was in the Givat Sha'ul section of Jerusalem. That was 15 years ago. I don't know if it moved since.

At Wed Jun 15, 11:25:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks yaak.


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