the giving of the Torah to the Jews at Sinai, 2448 anno mundi, and their receipt of it

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Why do we say that Hashem chose us if He offered to the Torah to all the other nations first?

According to Midrash Sifri (Deuteronomy 343), Hashem first went around to all the nations and offered them the Torah before offering it to Bnei Yisroel. So why do we say in Kiddush and Birchas ...
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What is the significance of fire, water, and desert?

Why does the Medrash on Bamidbar say that the Torah was given with three thing: Fire, Water,and Desert?
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How would Har Sinai without the Torah have been enough?

In the Hagada of Peasach it says "even if he brought us to Har Sinai but didn't give us the Torah it would have been enough." What would be the purpose of going to Har Sinai if we didn't get the Torah?...
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Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah

What is the difference between Shavuos and Simchas Torah if they are both fundamentally celebrations of the Torah?
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Why did Hashem offer the Torah to all the other nations?

Why did Hashem bother to ask all the other nations if they wanted to get the Torah when He knew they'd say no? (See Midrash Sifri, Deuteronomy 343) (I already know Hashem is beyond time)