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In the Book of Exodus, we are introduced to Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, wife of Moses and mother of their two sons, Gershom and Eliezer.
Throughout history the Jewish nation has been enriched by converts—upstanding men and women who opted to enter the covenant and become part of the Chosen Nation.
But there was another martyr in this attack, an Israeli policeman by the name of Zidan Saif.
What did Jethro “add” to the Torah? Was the Torah lacking something prior to his contribution? The deeper significance behind Jethro’s exchange with Moses and their differing approaches as to how the laws and principles revealed Sinai should be applied to...
We examine two episodes that seem to be a study in contrasts.
It is possible to go without journeying.
From the passage in the Ten Commandments:Yerushalmi, Shabbos 15:3. See also Pesikta Rabasi 23:3. “The seventh day is Shabbos to G-d your L-rd,” our SagesShmos 20:10 learn that we are to refrain on that day not only from physical creative labor, but also f...
In the “Tally of Mitzvos” at the beginning of his Mishnah Torah, the Rambam states: “The first of the positive commandments is to know G-d, as the verse states:Shmos 20:2. ‘I am G-d, your L-rd.’ ” The Rambam begins the laws of Mishnah TorahBeginning of Hi...
There’s a lot we can learn from the order and sequence of stories in the Torah. In this week’s Torah portion, we begin with the story of Jethro and go on to read about the Ten Commandments, encompassing all the fundamentals of the Torah.
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