Touch: Beyond the Mountain’s Edge

Rabbi Jan Uhrbach
| Shavuot By :  Jan Uhrbach Acting Dean of the Rabbinical and Cantorial Schools Posted On Jun 6, 2016 / 5776 | Sound Bytes | Holidays

On Shavuot, we read that the Torah was given with thunder, lightning, smoke, shaking ground, and a shofar blast. How do we experience the Torah with all our senses today?

Exodus 19:12

You shall set bounds for the people round about, saying, ‘Beware of going up the mountain or touching the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death. . . ‘

שמות יט:יב

וְהִגְבַּלְתָּ אֶת-הָעָם סָבִיב לֵאמֹר, הִשָּׁמְרוּ לָכֶם עֲלוֹת בָּהָר וּנְגֹעַ בְּקָצֵהוּ:  כָּל-הַנֹּגֵעַ בָּהָר, מוֹת יוּמָת.