- A person's position often affects the way in which that person is perceived.
- The way in which one understands the events at Sinai is fundamental to one's religious beliefs.
- Mainstream Jewish thinkers understand Sinai differently.
- In chapter 18, almost every verse has a reference to Yitro. In each case Yitro is identified as "Hoten Moshe", Moshe's father-in-law. Do you have any thoughts about why this label is repeated over and over? Wouldn't it be enough to identify him by name after the first time?
- How do you understand the event that occurred at Sinai? What Jewish thinker shares your understanding?
- How does your understanding of Sinai affect the way you are Jewish?
- Read chapter 18 carefully. How many times is Yitro referred to as "hoten Moshe"? How do you understand this?
- Find information that describes these Jewish thinkers' beliefs about revelation.
- Joseph Soloveitchik
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
- Eugene Borowitz
- Mordecai Kaplan
- Choose one of the people you learned about and prepare a presentation for the rest of the group explaining why this understanding of revelation is meaningful for you.
- Create a chart that compares and contrasts the various ways in which Jews understand the events at Sinai
- Find evidence in the popular culture of the world around you that a person's position affects the way in which he or she is heard and understood. Who do we listen to? Who do we ignore?