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HobbyDobs Posted - 31 May 2002 22:49
Recentley, we were learning in class how Hashem held Har Sinai over Bnai Yisrael's head by matan torah so that they would accept it. My question is this. How can we say we have free will when we were basically forced to accept the torah? We said we accepted before, I understand that, and I also learned that we reaccepted it with total free will on Purim. We were punished on Purim for going against the torah and drinking by the party, among other things. Why were we punished in the first place, if really, we kind of never accepted the torah? I'm sure we would have anyway, even if we hadn't been scared of being buried under a mountain, but how can we be responsible for somthing that we were basically forced to accept? So far, noone has given me a very clear answer to this question, and I would appreciate one very much. Thank you
MODERATOR Posted - 31 May 2002 23:40
Its because we first said "naaseh vnishma" which means we were willing to accept the Torah. then, after we saw the fires and thunder, we got scared. Cold feet kinda thing. We wnated to accept it but were frightened to make the move. So Hashem pushed us to do what we wanted to do the whole time but were scared to. The fact that we already said naaseh v;nishmah before the mountain was put on top of us means we wanted to accept it.
senior09 Posted - 29 December 2005 17:01
We also just learned this in Chumash, but we asked questions! Why didn't you raise your hand and ask the teacher?

Anyway, we learned several different sources. One was that it's like a man who has fits of insanity. While lucid, he asks his friends to hold him down if he goes crazy. A person looking from afar would only see people forcing a guy into a straitjacket while he struggles and screams, but he and they know they're doing exactly what he wants. When B'nai Yisroel said na'aseh v'nishmah, it was the highest point of--of them! It was complete national lucidity. During this supreme moment, they wanted something they'd be able to think of when it would be hard for them to keep the Torah, so Hashem obliged, and instilled in them a fear of not keeping the Torah.

Also, you can't even say it wasn't their bechirah. They totally and completely gave themselves over to fulfilling the Torah--we will do its mitzvos even if we don't understand them, na'aseh! Only after this did Hashem hold the mountain over them.

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