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Sunday, January 27, 2019


How did Jitro become the name of the key Parasha when the Torah is given to Israel on Mt Sinai? Jitro does not follow the advice of Moses, the opposit occures.  An unwise decision by Moshe Rabbenu that is only corrected in the year 1190 (common era) by Moshe Ben Maimon who writes two books, one for Jews and one for Gentiles.
Gd also makes an attempt to save the situation or at least give guidance... Moses is asked to go up.alone. Then to come down to bring the priests back up with him.  Gd had told Moses that he would only be talking to him and would allow Ahron to be his mouth piece.
Jitro had tricked Moses into dissobeying Gd.  I believe he was well intentioned, but he destroyed the position Moses was meant to hold, and also the Nation of Israel. The opposite occures in Shushan when unwittingly, Haman, unites the whole nation as one man behind Mordecai...the first Jew.  Moses had no business following the advice of a gentile when it meant dissobeying Gd.
Maybe Moses only saw the good in people... Was he unaware that Jitro had taken back his daughter as a wife, a normal thing for a Midianite? Moses called his first son Gershom optimistically believing that he would be Ok with Jitro.  He calls his second son Eliezer because he was saved from Pharoh..., but that happened 60 years earlier. Moses realized that the stay with Jitro was no success story, still he chose to see the good.  He sent his wife and children back when he became worried that Gd hardning the heart of Pharo would be fatal for his family.  That was a mistake and the Druze are not afraid of Egyptians til this day.  Gershon was a 60 year old warrior, his mother could do a bris without assistance  to her 8day old baby. Hardly wimps.

Moses was right about Jitro being of assistance in settling the land, this took place at a crucial time in the late 1940s when the Druzies fought the Arabs to enable the Jewish colony to establish itself.
The Haftarah again notes the two sides of giving the Torah for peace when the Profet ..... Is asked to come with his son named "the rest of the village". The holy profet and the regular villagers, both need to work in harmony for the shabbat light to exist.  The three days of ninve and the three days of shosha.

Midianites have their qualities, but don t send your wife to them for safe keeping.


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