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Parshat Yitro Dvar Torah

Whether you have the Parshat Yitro aliyah, are looking for a Yitro commentary, a Parshat Yitro summary, a Yitro Torah portion, or the meaning of Yitro for 2022/5782, we hope you will find this helpful.  

Exodus 18:10-12 And Jethro said: 'Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered (removed) you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods; yea, for that they dealt proudly (endowedly) against them.' And Jethro, Moses'father-in-law, took a burnt-offering and sacrifices for God; and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses'father-in-law before God.

Jethro, Moshe's father-in-law, was a Midianite, which means Jethro was a descendant of Abraham, although not of Isaac/Jacob or Ishmael.

I was surprised to find that the Hebrew word for a Midian "priest" in the Jewish holy scriptures is כֹּהֵן Kohen, and I expected a different Hebrew word. Some of our buddies named "Cohen," whom we have considered to be priests, could have Midianite DNA. :) 

They will have the opportunity to be perhaps called up to a revived Midianite Bimah, but I have my doubts that they will take advantage of that opportunity. 

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Starting in Chapter 18, verse 13, we read about a situation that must have been much more challenging than what we quickly read over as we study the text of the Parsha Yitro.

What usual challenges are present when a position is created within a group of people? Is there ever any drama when it is time to appoint an individual to fill that position?

We are talking about one position. How about when that person is not 100% familiar with rules, regulations, that they need to know to ensure compliance? 

Well, here we see thousands of positions, divided into four ranks, are created. Next, they need to be filled from a pool of six hundred thousand people.

What could be present? Pride? Envy? Delusions of grandeur? Rejection? Competition?  

Following that, the people selected became rulers and judges. 

How seamlessly and quickly did that happen?  

Close your eyes and imagine the overall scenario. 



A Parshat Yitro Summary Single Phrase Not To Miss

Exodus 19:3  And Moses went up unto God. 


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A Yitro Torah Portion Question

"You think you have trouble sleeping"? 

How would you sleep if you knew for sure that in a few days, you were going to hear and see G-d?


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Yitro Torah Portion Understatement

On the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a shofar exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled. 

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