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Sinai, Mount

[(seye-neye)]

In the Book of Exodus, the mountain that Moses ascended to receive the tablets of the law (the Ten Commandments) from God. God shrouded the mountain in a cloud, and made thunder, lightning, and trumpet blasts come forth from it. The Israelites were commanded to stay away from it while Moses went into God's presence.

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