Pearls of Rashi – Vo’eschanan

This week we read the Torah portion of Vo’eschanan. This marks the second time that we read how Hashem gave us the Torah. Moshe spoke to us saying that (Devorim 5:19) “Hashem spoke these words to your entire assembly at the mountain from out of the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the opaque darkness with a great voice. His voice did not cease. He inscribed them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.” Rashi cites the words “His voice did not cease” and offers two interpretations. One is that from the moment he gave us the Torah, His voice never paused. The second is that He never again spoke publically in the same manner.

We are discussing Hashem’s holy, infinite voice; He is totally above both spiritual and physical. Obviously He can speak in a manner which never ceases. The question is however, why is is necessary for him to do so. We know that Hashem does not perform miracles for no reason. He created the world through the laws of nature. Unless there is a specific reason not to follow those laws, He does so. What need was there for a miracle here?

The explanation is that as we mentioned earlier, G-d transcends both nature and that which is above nature. G-d is not “above nature” as many mistakenly think. He is above everything which is within this world, both that which is natural and that which is transcendent. The entire point of giving us the Torah was in order to make the world into a vessel within G-dliness can be contained. That is the reason for the miracle.

Most of the Mitzvos which we perform are done with physical objects. Beginning when Hashem gave us the Torah the physical absorbs the spiritual. It is transformed into spiritual, a dwelling below for the Almighty with the coming of Moshiach!

Wishing one and all a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Shmuel Mendelsohn


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