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When was the Torah given at Mount Sinai?

by Mrs. Sarah Levi

  

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The Torah was given to the Israelites in the Sinai Desert on the 6th day of Sivan 2448 years after Creation. This corresponds to early summer of the year 1313 BCE.

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regarding the timing of the giving of the Torah

Posted by: Mark Cohan, Brooklyn, NY, USA on Jan 23, 2006

It seems ludicrous to say, as has been done on this site that the Torah was given on a given day. We know that the Torah is a chronicle of evens that took place before and after Mount Sinai. Therefore, the Torah could not have been given at Mount Sinai. The answer would have to be that the Torah was given over a number of years. No?

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You are correct -- see "When were the Five Books of Moses written by Moses?" (http://www.askmoses.com/qa_detail.html?h=189&o=2810). On the sixh of Sivan, the Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites. This marked the beginning of the giving of the Torah.

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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Sivan
The third month on the Jewish calendar, normally corresponding to May-June. This month features the holiday of Shavuot.