parasha Yisro 5783 – Closeness with G-d
If the kohanim were required to prepare themselves to draw closer to G-d on Har Sinai (see Exodus 19:22), then how much moreso, do we need to prepare ourselves, in order to draw close to G-d in our lives, especially before prayer, whether at home or at the synagogue? Additionally, consider, that when the Ten Commandments were given, according to commentary, the entire world was enveloped in a silence that permeated the very rocks – all of creation was in awe. This should inspire our own sense of yiras H’Shem, so that we can develop the proper attitude of solemnity toward G-d and His word. “The beginning of wisdom is fear [awe, reverence, and respect] of the L-RD” (Psalms 11:10).