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Dora Bas Rivka Silver O'H
Hashem’s two warnings pre-Matan Torah
Shiur #6 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.
Content Description: Discussion of Mishlei verse 1:5. Polishing oneself to become an appropriate vessel to receive Torah. The Torah she-bich’sav is a mashal, where the intent is always beneath the surface. There is a surface meaning, but the intent is in its depth. This contrasts with Divrei Chachomim, where the only understanding is in the depth; there is no surface ‘mashal’ meaning or value. Hashem’s two warnings before Matan Torah, and the Rambam’s analysis of them (Hilchos Me’ilah 8:8); the requirement to delve into the reasons for mitzvos, and the risks that such an endeavor involve.
Citations: Besides the commentaries on Mishlei presented in the source packet, the following sources are referenced in this shiur: Shemos verses 19:10-25, which are found in the source packet on pages 1-2, and the Rambam Hilchos Meilah 8:8, which is found in the source packet on pages 2-3.