…the two tablets of the Covenant in his hand written on both their sides, on the one side and on the other they were written…God’s writing it was, engraved (harut) on the tablets. In the ancient world, stone tablets were thick enough to have writing on both sides. Even so, the rabbinic interpretation is that the writing penetrated the thickness of the stone and could miraculously be read from both sides. In relating the word harut (engraved), to the words hor, hole, and herut, freedom, R. Samson Raphael Hirsch uncovers a powerful image. At Sinai God’s word bore a hole through stone and today it still penetrates man’s heart to give him freedom.