Bleachers at Mt. Sinai

Bleachers at Mt. Sinai

Tonight my neighbor, Shirel, invited over Rabbanit Eliyahu, the daughter-in-law of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, to give a class about Shavuot in honor of the yahrzeit of Shirel’s father.
Rabbanit Eliyahu told us something I never knew, that these days between Lag Baomer and Shavuot are among the spiritually highest days of the year.
And then she shared a midrash I found incredible. That at the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai every person worked hard to make sure that he or she wasn’t blocking the view of anyone else. Their own desire to see the Divine revelation at Sinai was no greater than their concern that every single other Jew should see it too.
And this is our mandate today. To turn down the volume on our own needs and turn up the volume of the needs of those around us.
One woman in the audience quipped, “Why didn’t they just build bleachers?”
And Rabbanit Eliyahu responded that there was no need, since every Jew made room for every other Jew. The tall bent down, the short stood on their tippy toes. We were all together in a single mission, to see and hear Hashem, and making sure every single Jew was able to see and hear Hashem. United as one. May it be so today as well!

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