The Story On Our Faces

On Shavuot, we read the story of Moses and the Jewish people receiving the Torah. It is one of the most iconic, memorable moments in our people’s history. Moses and the newly freed Israelites reach the Sinai Desert in Exodus, chapter 19. They set up camp in front of Mount Sinai and ready themselves for what’s next: receiving God’s commandments and becoming a nation.

Our life’s experiences and choices are visible on a person’s face: in the eyes, the lines, and in the expressions. The Torah often associates finding chen as occurring in the eyes of the observer. In a moment, a subtle and powerful shift in a relationship can occur, but it’s not simply a first impression.

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