The Silence That Speaks
During Shavuos, just before the Torah reading, Sephardi Jews read a marriage contract between G-d and the people. It really is a marriage contract, a ketubah, and it was written in the sixteenth century by Israel Najara:
On the sixth day of the third month, the Invisible One came forth from Sinai. The bridegroom, ruler of rulers, prince of princes, said to his beloved (the people) who is beautiful as the moon, as radiant as the sun, as awesome as an army with great banners, "Many days you will be mine and I will be your redeemer. I will honor, support, and maintain you. I will be your shelter and refuge in eternal mercy. I will give you the Torah by which you and your children will live in health and peace and harmony."
The bridegroom delivered the Torah that is bigger than the earth and broader than the seas. The bride consented to the covenant and an everlasting agreement was made. As a dowry, the bride brought a heart that understands, ears that listen, and eyes that see.
"May the Bridegroom rejoice with the Bride and the bride rejoice with the husband of her youth, while uttering words of praise."