[Avodah] What date was the Torah given?

Liron Kopinsky liron.kopinsky at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 08:52:07 PST 2013

> R' Marty Bluke asked:
> > ... is how can there be a dispute about the date of Matan Torah?
> > Matan Torah was/is THE most important event by far in Jewish
> > history, how can we not know what date it took place?
> > The fact is that each one tries to prove his position by
> > darshening the pesukim their way but no one brings a mesora and
> > says I have a kabbala that matan torah was on this date. Why not?

A suggestion I haven't seen here yet: What if all of Bnei Yisrael were in
such a high spiritual state, they weren't really sure what day it was? They
were too busy preparing themselves for Matan Torah to be worrying about
exactly how many days it was since they left Egypt. Moshe was aware of the
state of the people to know they needed another day of preparation, but the
people weren't necessarily as cognizant of what day it was or how long it
had been.

Additionally, the Jewish people messed up on the count of the 40 days
immediately post-ceding Matan Torah, so maybe they doubted their count of
the previous days as well.

Kol Tuv,

Liron Kopinsky
liron.kopinsky at gmail.com
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