Beshalach: Chapter 21

When Moses entered into the cloud


Rabbi Elazar tells of Moses' journey into the cloud where he was met by the Angel Kemuel, then the angel Hadarniel and finally the angel Sandalphon, who receives prayers. Moses trembled in fright until the Holy One, blessed be He, strengthened him, and Moses found his power in those realms through saying the 72 letters of the Supernal Holy Name. God taught him the Torah, but when the children of Yisrael sinned below, the Angels wished to harm Moses. God gave him His protection and His radiant light, and Moses went down with the tablets, his face shining with illumination. Rabbi Chiya says that as long as the children of Yisrael are occupied with Torah, the strength of all the heathen nations is broken.