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Parsha Summary: Yitro

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Hearing of the miracles Hashem performed for Bnei Yisrael, Moshe's father-in-law Yitro arrives with Moshe's wife & sons in the desert. Yitro is so impressed by Hashem’s power, he converts & joins Am Yisrael. He suggests appointing local judges to adjudicate smaller matters so Moshe may attend to larger issues; Moshe accepts his advice.

Bnei Yisrael arrive at Mount Sinai where the Torah is offered to them. After they accept, they prepare for 3 days in order to receive the Torah. On the 3rd day, amidst dramatic thunder & lightning, G-d’s voice emanates from the mountain & announces the Aseret HaDibrot.

They are:

1. Believe in Hashem
2. Don't have other gods
3. Don't use Hashem's name in vain
4. Observe the Shabbat
5. Honor your parents
6. Don't murder
7. Don't commit adultery
8. Don't kidnap
9. Don't testify falsely
10. Don't covet

After receiving the first two commandments directly from Hashem, the Jewish People are terrified & ask that Moshe intercede & relay Hashem's word to them.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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