Join us Sunday morning, June 28th for the annual community "education conferences" in Teaneck and Woodmere. Registration information below. The event is free of charge.
By Rav Yitzchak Avraham Twersky
There is a common mistake that people make all the time. They think that Hashem took us out of Egypt in order to bring us to Har Sinai and give us the Torah. People often say that the destination of the Exodus was Mount Sinai. They are wrong!
One of the greatest giants of our generation, Rav Zuriel, points out [in his Derishat Zion (parshat Vaera)] that one of the greatest of the Achronim, Rav Meir Simcha of Devinsk [in his Meshech Chochma] identifies Israel as the telos of the Exodus. While we needed to receive the Torah at Sinai, the goal was to then live it in its ideal context, Eretz Yisrael (see e.g. Devarim 4:13-14; 6:1-3; 12:1; 31:13; Shut HaRashba I:134).