In the first chapter of this parasha Moshe is reunited with his family for the first time since he left his wife and children to return to Egypt. According to the text,
ה וַיָּבֹא יִתְרוֹ חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה, וּבָנָיו וְאִשְׁתּוֹ--אֶל-מֹשֶׁה: אֶל-הַמִּדְבָּר, אֲשֶׁר-הוּא חֹנֶה שָׁם--הַר הָאֱלֹהִים.
And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped, at the mount of God;
Who would you expect Moshe would be most anxious to see?
According to the text, what happened next?
ז וַיֵּצֵא מֹשֶׁה לִקְרַאת חֹתְנוֹ, וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ וַיִּשַּׁק-לוֹ, וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ-לְרֵעֵהוּ, לְשָׁלוֹם; וַיָּבֹאוּ, הָאֹהֱלָה. 7
And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare; and they came into the tent.
Does anything surprise you about this reunion? Why do you think it is described this way?
Later on in the same chapter, Yitro advises Moshe to appoint judges to help him with his work. The qualifications are as follows:
יראי א לוהים
These four attributes may be translated as:
Those who are not greedy
Do you think these are the most important values a judge in the time of the Torah needed in order to do the job?
Are they the same values a judge today ought to have?
List the values you believe a judge today needs. How do they compare to those stated by Yitro?
I am a Jewish educator who is passionate about helping students see Jewish wisdom as integral in helping us make meaning of life in the world in which we live. Jewish thinking is too valuable to be cooped up in a school setting. It needs to be part of everything we see and do. It needs to be the lens through which we view the world.
IT NEEDS TO BE IMPORTANT!!