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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Yitro

Whose Religion is this?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 9, 2016

It is a truism among us that keeping the Halakha is synonymous with doing God’s will. However, our sources provide a strong argument that this is not always the case. Some sources (like the Grand Inquisitor) suggest that God’s will should trump rabbinic authority. Others (like Tanuro shel Achnai) present the paradox that it is Continue Reading »

A Message of Inclusiveness At The Foot of Mt. Sinai

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 25, 2016

  The Torah tells us that at the moment of revelation all the Jews at Sinai were able to see. (Exodus 20:15) Is it possible that of the several million there was not one single person who was blind? Here Rashi responds and states that in fact a miracle occurred. In his words “there was Continue Reading »

Everyone is Entitled to the Highest Level of Justice

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 19, 2016

Watching Moshe (Moses) judge the Jews from morning to night, Yitro (Jethro), Moshe’s father-in-law, offers sound advice. He tells Moshe that if you continue trying to judge everyone, you surely will wear away-it is too difficult a task. Yitro suggests that Moshe appoint other judges, who will share the burden. In advising Moshe to share Continue Reading »

Time to Grow Up

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 28, 2016

When Bnei Yisrael receive the Torah, it is much more than a passive act; they actively enter into a brit, a covenant, with God. The brit preceded the giving of the commandments and was its framing (Shemot, 19:5-8): וְעַתָּ֗ה אִם־שָׁמ֤וֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ בְּקֹלִ֔י וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֖ם אֶת־בְּרִיתִ֑י וִהְיִ֨יתֶם לִ֤י סְגֻלָּה֙ מִכָּל־הָ֣עַמִּ֔ים כִּי־לִ֖י כָּל־הָאָֽרֶץ׃ ו וְאַתֶּ֧ם תִּהְיוּ־לִ֛י מַמְלֶ֥כֶת כֹּהֲנִ֖ים Continue Reading »

To Do and To See

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 4, 2015

Having experienced the miraculous highs of the Exodus and the lows of their backsliding and grumbling, and having endured the challenges of hunger, thirst, and war, B’nei Yisrael are now on the verge of their journey’s climax. They are about to experience the fullness of the Divine revelation, to stand at Sinai and receive the Torah. The Continue Reading »

Observant and/or Religious?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 17, 2014

Feel free to download and print the Parasha sheet and share it with your friends and family: Click here: Parashat Yitro   Hearing and/or Doing Yitro hears and comes. He is motivated religiously – to draw close to Benei Yisrael because of their God and their relationship with their God. He hears everything “God did for Continue Reading »

How Covenant Frames Obligations

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 10, 2012

After crossing the Red Sea, seeing the drowning of the Egyptians, experiencing the first hardships of the desert, and receiving the quail and the manna from God, the Children of Israel have finally arrived at their first destination, Mt. Sinai. While the Land of Israel still awaits, their initial demand to leave Egypt was to Continue Reading »

A Mitzvah of Belief?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 2, 1998

In parshat Yitro, we reach the climax of the Exodus story. It has been just seven short weeks since God demonstrated His might to the Egyptians and Israelites, and now the Children of Israel arrive at Mount Sinai to directly encounter God, receive His commandments, and become a people, His people. Amidst the thunder and lightening Continue Reading »