In prior generations, Yeshiva study placed greatest emphasis upon the study of Talmud. We, though, the students of Rabbi A.I. Kook, follow in the ways of our master who called for greater weight to be placed upon faith-oriented studies in our age.
What is known as the "Revadim" approach to Talmud study developed and was nurtured via methods of reasoning which originate in the academic world. The university, though, is a place for the development of empirical, human wisdom, not Torah wisdom.
Torah calls for preparation. The Patriarchs preceded the giving of the Torah, and, as the foundation of the Jewish people, fulfilled the entire Torah even before it was given. This measure was taken as a kind of preparation for receiving the Torah.
Mount Sinai's greatness lies in the fact that it is smaller than the rest of the mountains. This is how the Jewish people came to receive Torah, like a child that wants to absorb the words despite the fact that he does not understand them.