Everyone knows that the festival of weeks is also the date according to the Jewish tradition that the Torah was given it’s during the sixth day of the third month – that is called in Hebrew month Sivan.
However, when you read Exodus 19:1 there could be a problem since it’s written-
“בַּחֹ֙דֶשׁ֙ הַשְּׁלִישִׁ֔י לְצֵ֥את בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם בַּיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֔ה בָּ֖אוּ מִדְבַּ֥ר סִינָֽי׃
In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.”
The translation already solved the problem, but, in Hebrew, it’s written three months after they went out of Egypt…
The Midrash tried to solve this problem in many exciting ways:
In the Midrash there’s an explanation about the number three that’s related to Moses that that was the third son, and was in the Nile after three months, and the people of Israel had three Patriarchs. That Midrash tried to avoid the problem.
Another Midrash spoke about the time in the year that the Torah was given in the zodiac. This is the time of Gemini, which means in Hebrew twins. The Torah was given in this time since if Esau, who was the twin of Jacob, will come to convert himself to be JEWISH this time will be useful to him.
Another way is to claim that the first word of Exodus 19:1 should be read instead of in the month as the month came (the third…)
What do you think about the Midrash- was the problem solved?
Have a blessed weekend,