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Meeting for the First Time…Again

Sunday, 5 December 2010

"Moses on Mount Sinai" by Jean-Léon Gérôme

So last week, one of my online friends sent the following question into the cosmos:

Rabbis, rabbis everywhere and not a one to ask (they all appear to be on the phone or behind closed doors)… Is there a blessing for friendship? If so, can someone point me to it? Todah rabah!

I replied that while there is a blessing for seeing a friend after a long absence, there is not a blessing for simply being a friend.

To which she responded, “The one you suggest is the one we’ll recite when we see each other again. It’s definitely been a long time since we were together at Sinai!”

Which made me smile. For Jane and I have not met in person. More accurately, we do not remember meeting. For our Sages of Blessed Memory hold that each and every Jew stood at the foot of the Mountain.

So when we finally do meet up, may that day come soon, we will pick up right where we left off, after we have thanked God for reviving the relationship.

ברוך אתה יי, מחיה המתים

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Sunday, 5 December 2010 11:29 am

    Can’t wait!

  2. Sunday, 5 December 2010 12:11 pm

    I am so honored to appear in your blog. Can’t wait to see you again!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Tuesday, 7 December 2010 11:15 am

      I just loved your response so much that I knew I had to write about it!

  3. Sunday, 5 December 2010 12:15 pm

    Yes, wasn’t it something like six million Jewish souls were there on the day that Moshe received the Ten Commandments?

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Tuesday, 7 December 2010 11:19 am

      Well, that number is not quite right. If we are thinking of all the Jewish souls that were to come, the number would be much higher. If we are counting just those in attendance that day, as FRJ points out below, the number would be lower.

      If, however, you are using the number as a metaphor to mean “a whole huge number of folks,” then you’d be right. It was a lot of people there that amazing day.

  4. Sunday, 5 December 2010 12:48 pm

    I have also a few online friends I have never met (or rather not met since Sinai) and would love to meet (or see again).

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Tuesday, 7 December 2010 11:19 am

      Well, if you are even in my neck of the woods, you must come reintroduce yourself!

      • Tuesday, 7 December 2010 11:53 am

        I do hope this happens. Mind you by moving to the East coast, you’ll live a bit nearer!

  5. Sunday, 5 December 2010 4:18 pm

    All in time.

  6. Former Reform Jew permalink
    Monday, 6 December 2010 6:44 am


    According to our tradition, six hundred thousand men between the ages of twenty and sixty were at the foot of Mount Sinai when the holy laws were given by G-d. If you add wives and children to that number, the guesstimate comes out to be around three million people.

    But hey, who’s counting? :p


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