Yitro 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Yitro 23 Shevat, 5761 February 17, 2001

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Something New:

In a D’var Torah by Shlomo Ressler, he teaches (in italics)

Parshat Yitro is the one where the Jews receive the Torah at Sinai. It always seemed strange that such a monumental Parsha be named Yitro. Rav Moshe Feinstein explains that the very first sentence of the Parsha “and Yitro HEARD… everything G-d did for Moshe and the Jews by bringing them out of Egypt… (181)”. We know that the whole world heard of the miracles that happened in Egypt and at the Red Sea. So what’s so special about Yitro hearing of them?

The answer is that there is a difference between seeing and hearing. It’s much easier to act based on something you see, while things you hear are easier to simply label it as a story and put it aside. That’s why the Torah says that the Jews SAW the sounds at Har Sinai (Mt. Sinai). That’s why Moshe didn’t break the Luchot (tablets) until he SAW the Jews worshipping the golden calf, even though he knew they’d done it. Despite all this, Yitro merely heard of the miracles, and yet he was SO inspired that he left his home and joined the Jews in the wilderness. Now we can understand why the Parsha is named after him, and why it was the prerequisite to the receiving of the Torah. And it’s what we have to keep in mind, as we read this! We may read a nice Dvar Torah or an inspiring story, but if we don’t hear it and DO something about it, a chance has been wasted. We should all make it a point to take what we hear and read to heart, and actually make a CHANGE for a change!!

Good for the Torah lessons we learn and good for the Tora Dojo lessons we hear as well. As you re-read last year’s Tora-Torah, which is loaded with lessons from both, keep that in mind.

By the way, you can visit and subscribe to Shlomo Dressler’s Dvar Torah at WWW.WEEKLYDVAR.COM

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