- What Did Moses Receive?
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Reader: When the torah was given on sinai so it seems that
that means that G-d said the first two commandments, then
"told" moshe the next eight and he said them to the rest of
- Mesora: Correct.
- Reader: But the rest of the torah (e.g. laws of korbanos,
tumah, taharah etc.) when was that given? Did g-d tell moshe in
propecey and then he taught everyone else? where is there a mention of
- Mesora: There is a dispute on
this, but one side says it was given at its time, not prophetically
all at once on Mt. Sinai. If it was given all at once, then why
post-Sinai would Moses need to confer with God on questions which he
should have remembered as told to him on Sinai? It is more plausible
to hold that as the Jew's history unfolded, so it was written down
according to God's instruction to Moses, and not all at once at Sinai.
- This is my opinion.