Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 1, 2010

Yisro – The Woman a Pillar for Torah

In this week’s Parsha, Yisro, the Ten Commandments are given.  We are told that prior to the Ten Commandments being given, Moshe approached the women first to see if they were willing to accept, followed by the men.  The women accepted and became a “Pillar” for Torah.

We saw this strength in Egypt, displayed by the Jewish women, by Yocheved and Miriam.  We again saw their unique qualities when Miriam led the Jewish women in singing the Az Yashir, the song describing the Miracle of Kriyat Yom Suf, the Splitting of the Sea.  The women sang with such intensity as they were the ones who suffered most in Egypt, especially when it came to the potential killing of their male children.

There is another woman who displayed unique qualities.  That was Tzipporah.  We are told in the Torah that when she and Moshe were on their way to Egypt to redeem the Jewish people, that Moshe was attacked by a snake.  It was Tzipporah who recognized the reason for the attack, not having circumcised their new-born baby.  Tzipporah acted quickly and circumcised their child, saving Moshe.  Tzipporah displayed a strong reason to have her go with Moshe.  When Aaron meets up with Moshe, Aaron asks who is the woman and who are these children?  Moshe responds that she is my wife Tzipporah and these are my two boys.  Aaron comments that there is enough people suffering in Egypt and these 3, referring to Tzipporah and the children would just add to the numbers suffering.  Aaron suggests that Moshe should send Tzipporah home, back to Yisro with the kids.  Moshe listens to his older brother.  It is interesting to note that Tzipporah does not argue.  She easily could have, especially since she saved Moshe’s life just a little while back.  However, she understood that her presence in Egypt could prove a hinderance,  Tzipporah agrees and goes back.  Tzipporah shows great strength of character in her willingness to depart so that her husband can succeed in his mission of redeeming the Jewish nation and to bring them to Har Sinai to receive the Torah

In this week’s Parsha, Yisro brings her and the children back to unite with Moshe.  Her sacrifice to assist has now ended.  Moshe has successfully redeemed the Jewish people from Egypt and Tzipporah has shown that she is worthy of being a part of this special nation and a “Pillar” of Torah.


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