The Festival of Revelation and the Uniqueness of the Torah.
ON the sixth and seventh of Sivan we celebrate the Festival of the Giving of the Law
We know how clear and precise is Scripture with regard to the conception and significance of all the other festivals; but you will search the Torah in vain for a designation of Shavuoth as the festival of the Giving of the Law. To the redemption from Egypt we dedicate a festival which lasts a whole week; it takes a whole month for its preparation and completely transforms our domestic life. To the miracle of our preservation in the wilderness we dedicate another week, the whole of which we distinguish by our living in the Succah. But to the Giving of the Law, to the Revelation of the Torah, to this most holy transcendent event from which our whole existence derives its meaning and purpose, to this festival of all festivals, we devote only one brief and placid day! Why this brevity and quiet, why this lack of pomp, this paucity of symbols?
There is no symbol for the Torah for the same reason that there is no symbol for God: the Torah is One and Unique like God its Creator. It has nothing in common with other laws, teachings, systems and institutions. It is so unique that it can be compared only to itself, it is something sui generis; as soon