Sights and Sounds

"וכל העם רואים את הקולות ואת הלפידים":

The Mechilta discusses whether they saw the sound (R' Akiva) or they just "saw" a "sound and light show" (R' Yishmael).  There are two elements of Ma'amad Har Sinai - form and content. Is the emphasis on the Divine Revelation or the content?

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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, January 24th, 2019 (18 Shevat 5779)