Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The Jewish people, men, women and children, great and small.”

“Ours is a time that is approaching the ultimate redemption—a redemption predicated upon the acceptance of the Torah in its entirety by the whole of the Jewish people.

When the people of Israel first received the Torah, it was given to them as ten commandments enfolding within them the whole of Torah, with its 613 mitzvot and countless laws.

So, too, when we once again receive it and commit ourselves to it, it must again come about in the same way—a receiving of the totality of Torah by the totality of the Jewish people, men, women and children, great and small.

Obviously, each individual understands and comprehends in accordance with the level of his or her intellect, but these differences are only on the surface, only in their relation to Torah’s particulars.

In essence, they all receive it equally, for they are receiving its essential totality.”

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz