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Jethro: Idolatrous high priest of Midian. Father of Zipporah, father-in-law of Moses. Eventually he abandoned his pagan lifestyle and joined the Israelites in the desert shortly after the Exodus. There he suggested the creation of a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist Moses in the task of administrating justice. Also known by six other names, including Chever and Reu’el.
As Described in the Bible, Midrash and Talmud
Jethro (or Yitro or Yisro) was a Midianite priest and the father-in-law of Moses. He is mentioned three times in the Pentateuch, once in the Prophets and in numerous places in rabbinic literature. Let us learn what we can about this fascinating figure.
"וישמע יתרו" “And Yitro heard.” (18:1) QUESTION: Rashi writes, “Yitro had seven names; one was ‘Yeter’ because he ‘added’ a parshah in the Torah: “ve’atah techezeh” — “and you shall seek out” (18:21). When Yitro saw how hard Moshe was working, the first t...
These are the signs by which we recognize men on whom the spirit of Wisdom rests.
These are the signs by which we recognize men on whom the spirit of Wisdom rests.
A Taste of Text—Beshalach
Dealing with the Seeds of Doubt
Inspiration alone is insufficient. An awakening must be followed by action, or doubt can easily neutralize it.
Jethro's arrival and conversion was a crucial preparation for the giving of the Torah.
The alcoholic in recovery can easily understand that there is a special quality of wisdom that comes about only after all else has failed.
If you see more deeply into me than I am capable of seeing into myself, which is the real me? The deeper and truer me that you see, or my me? This was the essence of a debate between Moses and the people of Israel at the foot of Mount Sinai, and between M...
Jethro's Visit, Courts of Justice
Yitro was a leader, scholar and a mystic; Moses was a fugitive on the run, and had not yet had a G-dly revelation. Yitro was an idolater, Moses a monotheist. How did the two get along?
Moses Flees Egypt, Moses in Midian
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