When God gave the Jewish people the Torah at Mount Sinai, the entire world became silent (Shemos Rabbah 29:9). The wind stopped blowing, no animals made a sound, and every human being stopped speaking. Why? Was God afraid the Jews would not be able to hear his voice? Surely He could have caused His voice to resonate over all of the natural sounds of the world, and would that not have made the greatest impression of all?

God silenced the noise so we could hear the voice within ourselves – the voice that longed for a spiritual connection, the voice that longed for His Torah.

We are constantly bombarded with distractions. Silencing it all, even momentarily, becomes nearly impossible.

I once asked a student who was feeling stressed to take one minute that week to stop and think of nothing – a minute of meditation and silence. She couldn’t do it. The distractions were too great.

Judaism is not a religion; it’s a relationship. Through the silence at Sinai, God was showing us a key to maintaining our relationship with Him, others, and even ourselves. Listen. Listen to the inner voice of your soul that quietly urges you to connect.

-Creating Silence by: Sarah Pachter


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