Exodus 18:1-20:23


In this Torah portion, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro (Yitro), about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order to not tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Mount Sinai. After three days, the mountain was fills with smoke and God delivers the Ten Commandments to His people.

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  for Yitro. 

mount sinai
The Israelites camped at Mount Sinai.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Money is Tainted

Reimagining Spirituality
Sam Berrin Shonkoff, AJWS

Portable Holiness
Rabbi Neil Loevinger, KOLEL

Negative & Positive Freedom
Rabbi James Jacobson-Meisels, AJWS

I Know Who You Are
Rabbi Sheldon Marder, Union for Reform Judaism

Jethro’s Advice
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS


A System of Justice
Rabbi Uri Ayalon, socialaction.com


Love of God & Material Desire
Jonathan Neril, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Parents Make It to the Top Ten
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

From the Margins
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

The Word Made Animate
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS

Separation & Togetherness
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Institute

Receiving God’s Message
Rabbi Melvin Burg, Orthodox Union

How We Hear
David Frankel, UJA-Federation of New York


Women and Revelation
Judith Plaskow, Women of Reform Judaism


Parashat Yitro Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Yitro Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Yitro for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Learning from Everyone
Torah Topics for Today


Listening, or Really Hearing
Torah Topics for Today



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