D’var Torah, Bechukotai, May 31, 2019

The very last verse of this week’s parasha (Torah portion), which is also the end of the Book of Leviticus, reads:  “These are the commandments that the Eternal One gave Moses for the Israelite people on Mount Sinai.” (Lev. 27: 34) The verse is a bit problematic since the beginning of Leviticus states that the laws were now being given to Moses in the “Ohel Mo’ed,”  the Tent of Meeting, not at Sinai.  The Etz Hayim Torah commentary gives the following explanation:  “Sinai is not a geographic location….  Whenever a person hears the commanding voice of God and commits himself or herself to live by that voice, that person can be considered to be standing at Sinai.” (Etz Hayim, p. 757)  Soon at Beth Hillel, on the eve of Shavuot, Saturday, June 8, 2019, our 4 Confirmands will commit themselves to Jewish life, each in his/her own way.  In that sense, they will all be standing at Sinai, and we with them, as we relive the moment of the revelation and recommit ourselves to Torah as well.  Join us for this special evening!

Rabbi D. Feingold