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Women's Corner

Reliving Mattan Torah

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe
Monday, June 2, 2014/Siwan 4, 5774

When I try to picture the emotional conversation between Naomi and Ruth, her daughter-in-law, I ask myself what Ruth's source of inspiration was. What brought her to make the incredible statement: "Your nation is my nation and your G-d is my G-d"? (Ruth 1:16).

Perhaps Ruth the Moabitess had something that we should aspire to learn from her and embrace. Her heart elevated her and raised her to the extent that it was overflowing with love, through her mother-in-law, for G-d and the Jewish nation; "and Ruth clung to her [Naomi]" (Ruth 1:14).

Hakham Sasson Mordekhai Moshe, 'a"h, from Baghdad, writes in Dabar Be'Itto that the love that people have for each other is usually identical -- we receive what we give. However, the case of G-d's love towards us is different. His love towards us supersedes our love towards Him. He desires our closeness, love and devotion, more than we do.

The days leading up to Shabu'oth are known for inherently assisting us in lifting us to high levels of Qedusha (holiness), attachment to G-d, and enlarging the love our hearts hold for the Shekhinah (G-d's holy presence) above. Once the love is there, everything is there. Every single Miswah (מצוה - commandment), act, Tefillah (prayer), or words that we utter, will be different, and will contain profound meaning and excitement.

I pray that we will grab this opportunity and relive the revelation of Mattan Torah.

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Matan Torah, women's Torah, hag hashavuot, shabu'oth, shvuos, hacham sasson mordechai moshe, mitzvah

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