Linguistic connections


While looking at the pesukim in that precede the pronouncement of the Asers Hadibrots in  Parashas Yithro, chapter 19.  I was struck by the unusual recurrence of the word meod. 
In 17 there is a description of sounds, thunder, heavy clouds, and the very strong sound of  ashoftar.   קֹלֹ֨ת וּבְרָקִ֜ים וְעָנָ֤ן כָּבֵד֙ עַל־הָהָ֔ר וְקֹ֥ל שֹׁפָ֖ר חָזָ֣ק מְאֹ֑ד 

In 18 the mountain is described as trembling meod  בָּאֵ֑שׁ וַיַּ֤עַל עֲשָׁנוֹ֙ כְּעֶ֣שֶׁן הַכִּבְשָׁ֔ן וַיֶּֽחֱרַ֥ד כָּל־הָהָ֖ר מְאֹֽד:

In the nest verse, there is once again a description of the very strong shofar sound וַֽיְהִי֙ ק֣וֹל הַשֹּׁפָ֔ר הוֹלֵ֖ךְ וְחָזֵ֣ק מְאֹ֑ד 


Of course, this is not the only place in Torah in which that word is used, though it is striking to see it mentioned 3 times in just the span of three verses. It made me consider a possible verbal link that doubles another well known one.

In Parashs Bereishis 1:31 Hashem surveys all that he has made over the six days and deems it very good. אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וְהִנֵּה־ט֖וֹב מְאֹ֑ד
That is immediately followed by וַֽיְהִי־עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־בֹ֖קֶר י֥וֹם הַשִּׁשִּֽׁי

Rashi picks up on the definite article used for the sixth day, finding in it an allusion to the sixth day of Sivan: the day that was designated for Mattan Torah:
יום הששי: הוסיף ה' בששי בגמר מעשה בראשית, לומר שהתנה עמהם על מנת שיקבלו עליהם ישראל חמשה חומשי תורה. דבר אחר יום הששי כולם תלוים ועומדים עד יום הששי, הוא ששי בסיון המוכן למתן תורה:

So it is possible to say that like the use of הששי  the sixth is a clue to the event of Mattan Torah,  the  use of the word מְאֹ֑ד for both the very good at creation and the description of the dramatic events at Mattain Torah point to a connection of the fulfillment of creation, achieving the very good through the awesome experience of Ma'amad Har Sinai.




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I would add that since we are told that the world exists only on condition of kabbalas hatorah, the Kol asher assah/tov me'od would certainly be an allusion to the me'ods of mattan torah. The Kol asher assa only can exist because of mattan torah.
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