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Section: Moadim   Category: Shavuos
Why Did The Noise Of Matan Torah Scare The Other Nations?
When the Umos HaOlam heard the powerful and frightening noises at the time of Matan Torah, the gemara in Zevachim (116a) says that they ran to Bilam and asked him "Hashem LaMabul Yashav", (Tehilim 29) is Hashem destroying the world?  He answered, "Vayeishev Hashem Melech L'Olam", Hashem promised never to make a mabul again.  Tehy replied in fear that He promised not to bring a mabul of water but not of fire.  Bilam answered "Hashem Oz L'Amo Yitein" and they answered "Hashem Yivarech Es Amo BaShalom".

Rav Yehuda Assad asks why were scared of the noise?  They knew Hashem was giving the torah since Hashem offered it to them first.  He answers that Moshe Rabbeinu on his own volition delayed the giving of Torah by a day, from the 6th day of Sivan to the 7th.  The reason, offers Rav Yehuda Assad, was because there were seven brachos Hashem had for Klal Yisroel, Toras Chaim, Ahavas Chesed, Tzedaka, Bracha, Rachamim, Chaim, and Shalom.  Each one was given on one day starting from Rosh Chodesh Sivan.  Had we received the Torah on the 6th we would have missed out on the bracha of Shalom.  Moshe delayed Matan Torah by a day so that our brachos would be complete.

Everyone knew that the world was created contingent on the fact that Klal Yisroel would accept the Torah.  They were all expecting this event to happen on the 6th.  It did not.  When they heard the loud booms on the 7th that sounded like destruction, they thought that the world was being destroyed because Klal Yisroel rejected the torah.  Bilam told them not to worry, "Hashem Oz L'Amo Yitein" the noise is that of Hashem coming to give the torah, referred to as Oz, our strength.  He explained to them the reason for the delay was that they wanted the bracha of Shalom.  To this they all answered, "Hashem Yivarech Es Amo BaShalom", may Hashem bless His nation with Shalom.
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