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The “I” of Sinai
“…One hundred and twenty years old I am today.” (31:2)
Moshe first ascended Mount Sinai for forty days to receive the Torah from G-d. He spent another forty days on the Mount, praying to save the Jewish People from destruction as a result of the sin of the Golden Calf. Then he went up again for a third time for yet another forty days to receive the second set of Tablets.
The years of Moshe’s life parallel the days he spent on the Mount — one hundred and twenty.
Moshe’s days in this world were inspired and powered by his out-of-this-world experience on the mountain.
“…one hundred and twenty years old I am today.”
For this reason, in this verse, when Moshe says “I” he uses the Hebrew word anochiinstead of the more usual Hebrew word for “I”, ani, for it is with the word “Anochi”that G-d began the Ten Commandments: “I (Anochi) am the L-rd, your G-d…”