by Rabbi Moshe Rockove
Yisro by Rabbi Moshe Rockove This week’s Torah portion begins
with Moshe’s father-in-law, Yisro (whose name is the title of
the parsha), coming to join the Jewish People in the desert.
Hearing about the great miracles G-d performed for the Jews on
their way out of Egypt had spurred him to leave his comfortable
life in Midian and join the Jewish nation. In the Jewish camp,
Yisro observes Moshe serving as the sole judge of the entire
nation, working without respite from dawn to dusk. Yisro
suggests a tiered judicial system, with different levels of
judges addressing different levels of questions and disputes;
only the most difficult questions would be brought to Moshe.
Moshe accepts the plan and implements it. The Jews travel onward
to reach Mt. Sinai. After spending three days preparing for the
greatest moment in history – the rendezvous between G-d and Man
– the time of the revelation arrives. G-d descends upon the
mountain amidst thunder and lightning and the sound of the
shofar and proclaims the Ten Commandments. Moshe then ascends
the mountain to receive the remainder of the Written Torah and
the entire Oral Law.
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