When I went up the mountain to take the tablets of stones…And the LORD gave me the two tablets of stones…Moses keeps repeating, R. Jacob Z. Mecklenburg notes, that the tablets were luhot avanim, literally “tablets of stones.” The Rabbis teach that each word that left God’s mouth split into seventy languages as it says: Is not My word like fire, said the LORD, and like a hammer splitting stone? (Jeremiah 23:29) Just as a stone consists of millions of pieces of grit, so too God’s word carries multiple meanings. The tablets of stones – the material upon which God’s word was recorded – reflected the multivalent nature of God’s word, bringing together the message (God’s words) and its medium (the stone).