Yisro: Is Torah Divine Legislation or Divine Love?

Ahava and yirah -- love and awe -- these two midos are both elemental

to Yiddishkeit. Yet, at times they can seem contradictory or חס ושלום incompatible. The key to a balanced ahava-yirah relationship will emerge from a syncretic study, connecting Matan Torah back to the formative stage of Yiddishkeit in the days of the Avos.