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February 25, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How heavy were the Luchot?
וַֽיְהִ֗י כַּאֲשֶׁ֤ר קָרַב֙ אֶל־הַֽמַּחֲנֶ֔ה וַיַּ֥רְא אֶת־הָעֵ֖גֶל וּמְחֹלֹ֑ת וַיִּֽחַר־אַ֣ף מֹשֶׁ֗ה וַיַּשְׁלֵ֤ךְ מידו [מִיָּדָיו֙] אֶת־הַלֻּחֹ֔ת וַיְשַׁבֵּ֥ר אֹתָ֖ם תַּ֥חַת הָהָֽר
As soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, he became enraged; and he hurled the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.
According to some sources, the Luchot were incredibly heavy. It was only due to their holiness that Moshe was miraculously able to carry them.
When Moshe saw what was happening with the golden calf, the letters on the Luchot floated back to heaven.
Once the Luchot were lacking their sanctity, the miracle ceased and Moshe could no longer carry them. At that point, he understood that they were meant to be destroyed. (Yalkut 393)
According to other sources, Hashem ordered Moshe to smash them. (Avot deRabbi Nathan)
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