Exodus 18:1-20:23

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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.

Click here for a summary of Yitro.
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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


Soul Memories
Rabbi Michelle Missagieh


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 University


From the Margins
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship


The Word Made Animate
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS


Separation & Togetherness
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism


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



Parshat Yitro Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parshat Yitro Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parshat 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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