Cast of Characters
Creates a scenario befitting a Divine revelation: thunder,
lightning, and trembling. Gives advance copy of the Torah's
laws to Moses so that Moses may convey them to the people,
but God personally delivers the Ten Commandments. And, he
makes sure there are plenty of witnesses for the record (about
three million, according to tradition).
Having led the Jewish people out of Egypt, Moses now prepares
them to receive the Torah. He tells the people how to prepare
themselves spiritually for the event-wash their clothes, don't
have sex, yada, yada-and not to be afraid as God's presence
descends upon the mountain. He later reviews with them the
rules they'll have to observe if they want to accept the Torah.
The Jewish People: They rise to the moment when, after
hearing all the obligations that will be placed upon them,
they declare, "We will do and we will listen." If only it
was always so simple to get people to do what you want.