Question: Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai is an event that shaped the entire nation, or if we are talking about one person, then it is his spiritual development.
It turns out that they stood at the foot of the mountain for a year. Why exactly a year?
Answer: It is not a matter of years, all this is very figurative, and in general it is impossible to say if everything happened exactly in accordance with the way it is told in the Torah.
There is nothing sacred about Mount Sinai, everyone can climb it and graze their cattle there. This is not the mountain on which the Temple could be built. After all, the Temple is usually built in a place that is sanctified, that is, it represents corrected egoism.
Mount Sinai is just the representation of egoism that still needs to be corrected, and therefore there is nothing special about it. Jewish pilgrims do not go there. It is not even a tourist attraction.
Question: What does it mean that the people stood at the foot of the mountain and the Creator stood on the top of the mountains and as if spoke to them there?
Answer: This mountain symbolizes the great egoism that is in humanity, and humanity must correct it in order, as it is allegorically said, to reveal the Creator, who is on the top of the mountain, from the foot of the mountain.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/9/21