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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

Although many good answers exist here already, I want to provide somewhat of a more comprehensive response (as best as I can) by putting all the answers I know of in one place. There are three ...
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Native American Traditions and Mass Revelations

The Aztecs were following white eagles, and do not seem to claim any sort of supernatural entity speaking to them. As the question notes, it is also very unclear from the source provided if they ...
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Why did the Torah need to be given if the Avos knew and kept it?

1) Revelation at Har Sinai was necessary to make it mandatory. As Mizrachi explains, the reason Avraham waited, until commanded, to perform circumcision is because there is greater merit in fulfilling ...
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Did Israelites who stayed in Egypt become halachically Jewish?

Rashi on Shemot 10:22 writes regarding the plague of darkness And why did He bring darkness upon them? Because there were wicked people amongst the Israelites of that generation who had no desire ...
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Did the people of Israel know they would get the Torah?

Yes there is evidence that the people of Israel knew they were going to get the Torah prior to Kabalat HaTorah. Ray's answer cites Shemot 6:7. Even before that, in Shemot 3:12, God says to Moshe ...
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What is the qualitative difference between the revelation at Sinai and other miracles according to Rambam?

The miracles of the Exodus were ones the Jews saw or heard. In a way, as if it were a performance and they were the (participating) audience. The miracles were all real things, to be sure. The Jews ...
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Death of all Jews at Har Sinai

Rabbi Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad in his book Ben Yehoyada (Meg. 7b s.v. Rabba) asserts that there was no need to redo kiddushin (their marriages were not terminated) and goes on to answer the (related) ...
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603,550 Jews at Sinai and 603,550 Jews Entering Promised Land?

As Alex shared this was the same generation: the first census was before the Tabernacle was built since the half-shekels used for the count were used for the sockets of the structure, the second was ...
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Why does the Torah say, in Exodus 19:13, that those that try to see G-d will be 'stoned or shot with arrows'?

The issue derived from the verse No hand shall touch it, for he shall be stoned or cast down; whether man or beast, he shall not live. When the ram's horn sounds a long, drawn out blast, they may ...
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Source - Matan Torah

Midrash Rabbah Shemot 46:1 (hebrewbooks link) ‏...הִתְחִיל מִצְטַעֵר עַל שִׁבּוּר הַלּוּחוֹת, וְאָמַר לוֹ הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא אַל תִּצְטָעֵר בַּלּוּחוֹת‏ הָרִאשׁוֹנוֹת, שֶׁלֹא הָיוּ אֶלָּא ...
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When Did Moses Receive the Torah

This is an excellent question and there is nothing to be embarrassed of. The traditional approach states that the entire Torah was given to "Moses" at Sinai (Rashi beginning of chapter 25 Vayikra). ...
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When the Torah scroll was available at first for Dor Hamidbar?

Gittin 60a (as explained by Rashi): בעא מיניה אביי מרבה ... למאן דאמר תורה מגילה מגילה ניתנה תיבעי למאן דאמר תורה חתומה ניתנה alludes to a debate as to whether the Torah was written down one ...
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Tzitzis in the Midbar

According to the gemara in Bava Basra 73b which discusses the travels of Rabba bar bar Channa with an Arab tour guide ,it mentions he cut off a corner of tzizts(techeiles) from one of the dead of the ...
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How did Yitro know he can join the Jewish Nation?

Yisro's daughter Tzipora was in Egypt (as explained by the Ramban quoting Midrash Shemos Rabba here Why Moses didn't care for his sons after leaving Egypt? ) with Moshe Rabeinu when he went as ...
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Were the Israelites' pots really ben yoman when they received the Torah?

In the Torah portion Beshalach (Shemos 16,8) it says that the Jews were to receive meat at night: וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה בְּתֵת יְהוָה לָכֶם בָּעֶרֶב בָּשָׂר לֶאֱכֹל וְלֶחֶם בַּבֹּקֶר לִשְׂבֹּעַ - And ...
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Why did God reveal himself only before there were recording devices?

Even had God waited until there were cameras and recording devices, there would always be skeptics who would deny it. However, if we define our terms we will find that there is no occasion for God to ...
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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

This is addressed by Ralbag in his commentary to the beginning of Exodus Chapter 19. He writes that even though the Torah does not mention any connection between the holiday of Shavuot and the giving ...
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Why Halachot LiMosheh MiSinai can not be derived from the Torah?

Your question comes from two points, that: (a) Halachos L'Moshe MiSinai are not hinted to in the Torah (b) that these halachos are therefore outside of and external to the Torah, and the completeness ...
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Three days before Matan Torah and three days of fast before Purim

yes In sefer CHELEK YOFFE (written by the son of reb chaim palagi ) he writes…………that these three days were in mirror of shloshes ymei hagbolo needed before matan torah in sefer shmoiss 19:15 source: ...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Torah is not only a gift. It's also referred to as an inheritance (מורשה קהלת יעקב, Deut. 33:4) and as a sale (מכרתי לכם תורתי, Shmos Rabbah 33:1). So the issue of bar metzra would still apply to ...
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Ruining the celebration of the Mishkan but not Har Sinai

Awesome question! Rav Yisroel Reisman quotes Rav Schwab who asks this very question and explains that simcha is absolutely crucial for learning Torah. The Almighty couldn't have Nadav and Avihu die at ...
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603,550 Jews at Sinai and 603,550 Jews Entering Promised Land?

It was the same generation. As the verses in Numbers 1:1-2 say when introducing the count: And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the ...
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603,550 Jews at Sinai and 603,550 Jews Entering Promised Land?

Since you asked the figure of people that entered the land, If you look at Numbers 26,51 there it states that in the plains of Moav when they were on the verge of entering the land of Israel, there ...
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What was the Chiddush (novelty) in the 10 commandments?

'The Rabbis point out that all the precepts of the Decalogue had been practised by the Patriarchs and had become the family tradition of their children' (Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz, The Pentateuch and ...
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Where is Olam HaPirud? And what are the forces therein?

Sefer Shaare Ora, first Shaar. "Below the name A.D.N.I., (א-ד-נ-י), is the world of perud". The hagaot Maor Yosef says. הם העולמות שתחת מלכות דאצילות, והם עולם בריאה יצירה עשיה Olam ...
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Why did the "Jews" separate from their wives 3 days before Matan Torah?

One could easily argue that they were fully Jewish not on the 7th of Sivan, but on the 4th. After all, we learn the halachos of conversion from Har Sinai (Yevamos 46b), and, according to R’ Yosi, they ...
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Where did the Bnei Israel go to the Mikveh in the desert?

[Chabad.org says in The Mikvah The world’s natural bodies of water—its oceans, rivers, wells and spring-fed lakes—are mikvahs in their most primal form. They contain waters of Divine source, ...
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We already had the Torah?

I think there are three points that each bring us a long way in answering this question. Just because the Avos, and other great people knew and kept the Torah does not mean that the ordinary people ...
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603,550 Jews at Sinai and 603,550 Jews Entering Promised Land?

I see Rashi's answer, the Ramban's questions and his two answers which rely on a huge coincidence that the number of people who dies equaled the number of people turning 20; and/or that includes the ...
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Was Moses asking for problems by leaving the Israelites alone so soon after coming out of Egypt?

Your question seems to be based on the premise that Moses didn’t tell anyone when he was coming back. That’s a false premise. The Medieval commentator Rashi, on Exodus 32:1 (the beginning of the ...
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