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Divine Names, Divine Dimensions
The features of the tablets hint to the letters of G-d's name
It is easy to understand that the Ten Commandments contain within them the whole Torah in "capsule form" according to the Shelah's teaching that the entire Torah consists of permutations of the name of G‑d which extend endlessly in all directions of the universe.
Shavuot Night in Salonika
16th Century Kabbalists are inspired by a voice from the spiritual worlds.
Rabbi Alkabetz and Rabbi Yosef Caro resolved to stay up all Shavuot night learning without even one second's pause. They studied in a spirit of great fear and awe, and then heard a great, yet pleasing voice coming from Rabbi Caro, the words unintelligible.

The voice said: "… "I am the Mishna that admonishes mankind. I have come to speak to you. It has been many years since my crown has fallen, and there has been no one to comfort Me... I had been cast to the dust embracing the filth, but now you have restored the crown…"
Israel: Land of the Free
True freedom only exists in the holiness of the Land of Israel.
G-d did not simply replace the Egyptians in Egypt with the Jews and establish us as the rulers in that land, instead leading us through the desert into the land of Israel because He did not want the Jewish people to live in a homeland which "belonged" to the guardian angel of the Egyptians but in a country directly under His personal guidance.
Our Ongoing Conversation with G-d
When one sits down to seriously learn Torah, he is not just reading an ancient text; he is accessing G-d’s essence in a most intimate way.
On Shavuot we celebrate our relationship with G-d’s Torah. We continue to actualize that moment of infinite potential on Mt Sinai over three thousand years ago through constant involvement and innovation; we enter into this eternal dialogue and forge a unique personal relationship with our Creator.
The Guiding Hands of Torah
Of the two tablets, one symbolized Heaven, the other Earth.
The first Five of the Ten Commandments deal with the honor of the Almighty, the Creator, whereas the latter five address man's needs and dignity. It appears that one set of five commandments was engraved on one of the two tablets, and the second on the other; we are to regard both groups of commandments as equally important.
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