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Parashat Yitro

פרשת יתרו

ספר שמות


Yitro, Moshe's father-in-law, hears about the miracle of the exodus and takes his son-in-law to his family in the desert. There he sees Moshe passing judgment on the lives of all the people of Israel. He tells him to instruct captains of 10, 50, 100, and 1,000 for this task, leaving to Moshe only the most important matters. God announces that in three days he will appear on the top of Mount Sinai and that the people will hear him amid smoke, fire and the sound of the shofar. He makes an announcement, the Decalogue (also known as the “Ten Commandments”) in a collective epiphany. Moshe tells the people that God appeared to him so that they would never stray from his path.

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