In your opinion, what was the greatest event in all of history?
Besides for the creation of the world out of nothing I would say that the greatest event in history is unquestionably Ma’amad Har Sinai. That’s why the Rambam says, gadleihu al kol gedulah, you should elevate that event above all other great things. Elevate Matan Torah above everything else because that was the grandest moment in history!
That’s what the Torah says, השמר לך – Be careful, ושמור נפשך מאד – and guard yourself very much. What about? פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך – that you shouldn’t forget the thing that your eyes saw at Har Sinai, יום אשר עמדת לפני השם אלוקיך בחורב – the day that you stood before Hashem your G-d at Har Sinai.
The Rambam says it’s a command not to forget Ma’amad Har Sinai; it’s a mitzvah to remember how we were standing at Har Sinai. In all of history it only happened once! At least two million people were standing in front of Har Sinai and they heard the voice of Hashem. נפשי יצאה בדברו – When He spoke, they fainted from happiness. They were delirious; they were intoxicated with happiness and they fell down on the floor. They had to be revived.
Do you ever think about that? Maybe on Shavuos. Maybe. Shavuos is an especial day for remembering but it’s true every day. Don’t stop talking about it, the Rambam says. Gadleihu al kol gedulah; talk about it more than anything else in the world. You have to talk about Ma’amad Har Sinai and make it great.
We should speak about it to our children and grandchildren. והודעתם לבניך ולבני בניך. The Torah says, you should inform your children and your children’s children and always remind them of Ma’amad Har Sinai.
You grandfathers, do you speak about it to your grandchildren? Think about that when you become grandfathers. If you’re looking for a conversation piece, bring up Matan Torah. “But we know all about it,” they say. Say it anyhow! You should always continue to speak about Matan Torah all the days of your life because that’s the most important day in history that we have to remember.
TAPE # 613