This Week’s Torah Portion: Yitro – יִתְרוֹ (Exodus 18:1–20:23)
We received the two tablets of The Covenant (Ten Commandments) from Adonai our God. Everyone was there at Sinai. We all stood there, women and men, elderly and young, rich and poor, chieftains and shleppers, all stood together, and the Torah says, “all the people saw the voices.” Everyone experienced God at Sinai.
This is the moment of the big revelation of the Torah. We are all standing before God, no mediator, no “Holy” person between us and the Divine. We are all equal before our God.
Parsha Yitro – יִתְרוֹ Torah Summary: Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)
Moses follows Yitro’s advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)
The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, “All that God has spoken we will do.” (19:1-8)
After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)
God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)
Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18)
Yitro – יִתְרוֹ