Weekly Torah Portion

Torah

Parashat Yitro - פרשת יתרו

Prepared by Rabbi Stephen Texon 


Dear Friends,


Back to back with last week's miraculous deliverance at the Red Sea is this week's climactic revelation in the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. The two events are inseparable, our freedom and our law! Man shall be ruled by law and NOT by the will of other men.

 

This week's portion of Yitro, named after the father in law of Moses, describes how helpful Yitro was to Moses in setting up a judicial system to adjudicate legal disputes and delegate responsibilities to wise judges to assist him with the great volume of cases which he was confronted with. For this and all the other kindnesses that Yitro showed to Moses, the portion that contains the supreme fundamental laws of the Torah given  essentially to all humanity was entitled "Yitro", a non Jew who protected and revered the Jewish nation.


All of humanity must submit to the Divine revelation at Sinai if it is ever to know true and everlasting peace.


Shabbat Shalom!