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Yitro

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.…

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.…

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 worship God, and that worship takes place here, in the desert, at the foot of Har Sinai: “When you take this people out of Egypt, you will serve God on this mountain.”…

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.…