We have a tradition that all of our Yom Tovim (including Chanukah and Purim) are more than mere markers on the calendar to commemorate events from the distant past. They are all alive and kicking in real-time with their historic significance being transposed into the present.
In the same way that the first Pesach was all about our freedom, those days on the calendar that we refer to every year as Pesach are infused with the attribute of freedom. And so on for all the other Yom Tovim.
On the chag of Shavuos that we celebrated yesterday and the day before (in chutz L’Aretz), we were once again zoche to the hashp’ah of receiving the Torah as we are every year at that time.
Rav Shimshon Pincus z”l, says that the truth is that every time we learn Torah we are experiencing a Mattan Torah.
And then he asks the obvious question:
“Then what’s so unique about Shavuos?”
Based on a Shavuos ma’amar by Rav Pincus, Rabbi Yerachmiel Goldman answers in his name as he tells us that it’s Chag HaShavuos that makes it possible for us to receive the shefa of Torah all year round. It’s the shoresh for all of our Torah.
From that yesod, Rabbi Goldman then reveals to us in the name of Rav Pincus z”l, the unbelievably holy and mystical process by which all of us learn Torah.
For starters we are reminded that Mattan Torah also means a matana, not in the sense that we were incredibly fortunate to be given such a gift but rather that it was impossible that we should have been given such a gift because Torah is beyond human comprehension. Unlike chochmah b’almah where we are hard wired to be able to receive Hashem’s Siyata D’shmaya in understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics and such, Toras Hashem comes to us by virtue of a wireless hookup because we are only able to understand it because the Shechina is here with us. Without the active work-a-day presence of the Shechina we would have no chance of understanding Toras Hashem.
By definition that means that if you learn Toras Hashem, the Shechina is there with you. And as a caveat that means that Torah has to be learned as Toras Hashem, not as just another chochmah, chas v’shalom.
But Rav Pincus z”l, doesn’t stop with the Shechina. The process of our learning is even on a more rarefied and personal madreiga because we are told that any Jew sitting and learning Torah is receiving it from the Mouth of Hashem Yisborach.
Or put another way, every time you sit and learn you are learning b’chavrusa with Hashem.
Rabbi Goldman tells us in the name of Rav Pincus z”l, that if Moshe Rabbeinu had to learn from Hashem all the more so us. If the learning of Torah was up to us it would be constricted by our own limits.
When learning with Hashem there are no limits because it’s Hashem that gives wisdom.