Below is the first paragraph of a piece published in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent in advance of Shavuot.
The dramatic revelation that took place at Mount Sinai, which we celebrate on Shavuot, is not the only instance of a divine encounter that unfolded at the mountain, also called Horeb. Kings I Chapter 19 tells a strikingly similar story, albeit with a significant difference.
Elijah the Prophet is fleeing for his life. After having killed some 400 prophets of the pagan god Ba’al, he finds himself declared a walking dead man by the wicked queen Izevel and her husband, Achav. The prophet narrowly escapes to the desert and is saved from starvation by the intervention of an angel, who provides him with food and drink. Drawing on the strength provided by that sustenance, Elijah manages to journey 40 days and 40 nights to the mountain of Horeb.
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