Friday, the sixth of Sivan,
the day appointed by the Lord for the revelation of the Torah to His beloved people....
The Invisible One came forth from Sinai, shone from Seit and appeared from Mount
Paran unto all the kings of the earth, in the year 2448 since the creation of
the world, the era by which we are accustomed to reckon in this land whose foundations
were upheld by God....
[God], Ruler of rulers, Prince of princes, Distinguished among the select, Whose
mouth is pleasing and all of Whom is delightful, said unto the pious, lovely
and virtuous maiden [the people of Israel] who won His favor above all women,
who is beautiful as the moon, radiant as the sun, awesome as bannered hosts:
Many days wilt thou be Mine and I will be thy Redeemer. Behold, I have sent
thee golden precepts through the lawgiver Jekuthiel [Moses]. Be thou My mate
according to the law of Moses and Israel, and I will honor, support, and maintain
thee and be thy shelter and refuge in everlasting mercy. And I will set aside
for thee, in lieu of thy virginal faithfulness, the life-giving Torah by which
thou and thy children will live in health and tranquility. This bride [Israel]
consented and became His spouse. Thus an eternal covenant, binding them forever,
was established between them.
then agreed to add to the above all future expositions of Scripture, including
Sifra, Sifre, Aggadah, and Tosefta. He established the primacy of the 248 positive
commandments which are incumbent upon all.... and added to them the 365 negative
commandments. The dowry that this bride brought from the house of her father
consists of a heart that understands, ears that hearken, and eyes that see.
Thus the sum total of the contract and the dowry, with the addition of the positive
and negative commandments, amounts to the following: "Revere God and observe
His commandments; this applies to all mankind" (Ecclesiastes 12.13). The
Bridegroom, desiring to confer privileges upon His people Israel and to transmit
these valuable assets to them, took upon Himself the responsibility of this
marriage contract, to be paid from the best portions of His property....
conditions are valid and established forever and ever. The Bridegroom has given
His oath to carry them out in favor of His people and to enable those that love
Him to inherit substance. Thus the Lord has given His oath. The Bridegroom has
followed the legal formality of symbolic delivery of this document, which is
bigger than the earth and broader than the seas. Everything, then, is firm,
clear, and established... I invoke heaven and earth as reliable witnesses. May
the Bridegroom rejoice with the bride whom He has taken as His lot and may the
bride rejoice with the Husband of her youth while uttering words of praise.