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Looking for a source in Midrash Kohelet

This version of Midrash Qoheleth 7:7 has: חמישה תלמידים היו לו לרבי יוחנן בן זכאי. כל זמן שהיה קיים, היו יושבין לפניו, כשנפטר הלכו ליבנה, והלך ר' אלעזר בן ערך אצל אשתו לאמאוס, מקום מים יפים ונוה יפה R....
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Matan Torah: Coercion or out of love?

The Maharal asks your question in Gur Aryeh and answers that even though they were willing to accept the Torah, Hashem wanted to show them that Torah is not optional- it is necessary for existence- ...
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Matan Torah: Coercion or out of love?

I remember that the Rebbe (R' Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, 7th Chabad Rebbe) taught us that of course the Jews accepted with "na'aseh v'nishma" first. Once we did so, Hashem out of love for ...
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Matan Torah: Coercion or out of love?

Actually according to Pnimiyut Hatorah (inner/mystical Torah) it was a coercion of love. In Torah Or the Baal HaTanya explains that G-d revealed such a level of love to the Jewish people that we were “...
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