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Daily Wisdom 27 Shevat

By Rabbi Michael Skobac

Exodus 24:12

“Hashem said to Moses: Come up to Me on the mountain and be there…”

This verse seems redundant. Obviously, if Moses is going to go up onto the mountain, he will be there.

Not so fast said R’ Menachem Mendel of Kotzk. Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible for a person to be some where physically, but they are not really there. Their mind is elsewhere and they are not fully present. The Baal Shem Tov used to say that you are where your thoughts are.

This is an extremely important lesson for us to digest in our hyper-distracted lives. When we’re speaking with someone on the phone, visiting a friend in the hospital or playing with our kids, we need to make sure that we are fully there with them and not splitting off our attention elsewhere.

By Rabbi Michael Skobac

Republished by Angelique Sijbolts with permission for the Noahide Academy.


Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality.

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Shalom Rabbi.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I like how the theme of going up to the mountain is shown in the Torah. As I understand it, many indigenous cultures (including the Vietnamese Culture which I was born into even though I was raised American) seemed to have this common thematic obsession over mountains. So much so that they would even worship the mountain(s). However, I am really inspired by how the Torah stresses the point that HaShem The Creator is MASTER over the mountain(s). That HaShem "stood" or "sat" upon the mountain (Mt. Sinai). This seems to show that HaShem is ABOVE the mountain(s) and is Master of ALL creation.

Then, when He calls Moshe up to Mt.…

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