On the third new moon
after the Children of Israel had gone forth from the land of Egypt,
on that very day, they entered the desert of Sinai.
They journeyed from Rephidim and entered the desert of Sinai
and camped in the desert.
Israel camped there facing the mountain
and Moses went up to Elohim ...
Happy is Moses!
He attained the Presence!
Torah herself is his witness:
"Moses went up to Elohim."
Rabbi Judah taught:
"Come and see the difference between Moses and the rest of the
For the rest of the world
'going up' means greater wealth, prestige, and power.
But when Moses went up, what is written?
'Moses went up to Elohim.'
Happy is he!"
Rabbi Yose said
"This is the origin of the saying of the Comrades:
'One who comes to purify himself—they help him.'
For it is written: 'Moses went up to Elohim.'
What is written next? 'YHVH called to him.'
One who desires to draw himself near—they draw him near."
"YHVH called to him from the mountain, saying:
'Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob ...'"