I was making an artistic recreation of the scene of Mt. Sinai on the 6th of Sivan, and I want it to be as accurate as possible.

When I got up to making the crowd of people, I was wondering -- were all of the people surrounding the mountain on all 4 of it's sides, or only one?

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    Not underneath it?
    – Double AA
    Feb 27, 2018 at 20:10
  • @DoubleAA lol well Rashi said that it was lifted above them, but that was only so that they should accept it, and (it says in the Kehos chumash at least and I'm pretty sure) Rashi said that it was put back down before the actual revelation, but I'm not sure if it says anywhere that they moved from facing it's east side (as Rashi said at the beginning of the passage) to all 4 sides, I don't think there's a Rashi that says so, but maybe it's mentioned in some other commentary?
    – Yaakov5777
    Feb 27, 2018 at 20:24
  • It says in Pirkei D'rebbe Eliezer that it was in the air the entire time, and therefore Moshe had to be flown to the top after the first 2 dibros Mar 5, 2018 at 2:11
  • @Uber_Chacham That's pretty cool, I did not know that, do you by any chance have a source that I can look up for that?
    – Yaakov5777
    Mar 5, 2018 at 21:30
  • @Uber_Chacham well Rashi to Shemos 19:17 says:at the bottom of the mountain: According to its simple meaning, at the foot of the mountain. Its midrashic interpretation is, however, that the mountain was uprooted from its place and turned over them like a vat. — [from Shab. 88a] So it seems to be only a midrashic version, but what about the simple meaning?
    – Yaakov5777
    Mar 5, 2018 at 21:53


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