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No Echo = Real Spirituality

Thursday, 2 August, 2012 - 9:01 am

Imagine for a moment, the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.

G-d's voice ringing out... loud.... powerful.

Can you imagine this event happening? Hearing the powerful sound of G-d speaking ...yet no echo?

The verse states that the Torah was given with a great voice, which did not cease (Deut. 5:19).

According to the Midrash, one of the meanings is that there was no echo. This leaves us wondering why was there no echo? And of course, what is the message for me?

The definition of echo is a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound waves from an obstructing surface. BTW if you have a problem with echoes in your house the best thing to do is to soften the walls by adding drapes and pictures (without a glass) so the sound gets absorbed.

The Torah, according to Jewish tradition, is neither a story book nor a history book. The Torah is a guide for living which is intended to have an effect on our lives. G-d wanted us to be able to access spirituality to enable us to reach for the heavens. To empower us to do this, He gave us access to his wisdom, embedded in the Torah, in order for us to add spirituality to our mundane lives.

Why was there no echo? Because the world does not obstruct nor block G-dliness, it absorbs it. It does not take spirituality and send it back. The physical world absorbed the word of G-d - so naturally there was no echo.

This message is relevant to us in the modern day. Over 3324 years ago, we received access to a spiritual reality that can be applied to our daily lives in a contemporary world. All we need to do is to allow G-dliness to permeate our lives and not block it. We can access the spirituality and fulfillment we deserve.

Take a moment every day to add spirituality to your life. Say Modeh Ani when you wake up or the Shema Yisroel before going to sleep (transliterated here).

Try it for a week and email me how it enhanced your life.

See you in Shul

Good Shabbos, 

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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