If we celebrate Shavuot as the day of the Giving of the Torah, then how come we picture Moses coming down the mountain with two tablets (or three, one of which slipped to the ground, according to the famous Talmudic sage, Mel Brooks)? Rather than the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments, shouldn't a beautiful Torah scroll with its silver adornments be the object that Moses carried so proudly down the mountain (and then smashed into the Golden Calf, but that's another story altogether...)? Or to rephrase the question, if only the Ten Commandments were given on Shavuot, why do we call it the day of the giving of the Torah? Especially considering the fact that the Torah encompasses 613 commandments, where are the other 603?
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