THE TANAKH SOURCES:
THE GEMARA SOURCES:
- Why do you think resurrection of the dead is so integral to Judaism according to this mishna?
- What do you think about our parsha being the source of this idea?
THE TAKEAWAY: ILLINEAR TIME
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations
“It is clear that the intention was to determine that the understanding of Torah was entrusted to the Sages; that is, the Torah was not given exclusively from the mind of God; it is refracted also through the interpretation of the Sages.” - p. 660.
“We must distinguish between factual truths and eternal verities. Every fact depends on time, and when its time has passed, the fact disappears. Yet there are moments that are like eternity, and what happens in them transcends time. The passage of time brings forgetfulness; the present moment makes us forget the moment past. Two moments in time cannot coexist. They crowd each other out. But the opposite is the case with eternity, for there is not forgetting at the throne of glory, and for God, past and future come simultaneously. So the giving of Torah is past as a factual truth, but endures as an eternal verity. God’s voice, as it emanated from Mount Horeb, was never muted.” - p. 670.
- How does this provide a different angle to the verses above?