Bring Me Good Guarantors

Found In: Covenant & Naming Rituals

from Shir HaShirim Rabba 1:24 | Prayer

When Israel stood to receive the Torah, the Holy One said to them: "I am prepared to give you My Torah. Present to Me good guarantors that you will observe and study the Torah and I shall give it to you."

They said: "Our ancestors are our guarantors."

The Holy One said: "Your ancestors are not sufficient guarantors. Bring Me good guarantors, and I shall give you the Torah."

They said: "Our prophets are our guarantors."

The Holy One said: "The prophets are not sufficient guarantors. Bring Me good guarantors and I shall give you the Torah."

They said: "Indeed, our children will be our guarantors."

The Holy One said: "Your children are good guarantors. For their sake I give the Torah to you."