Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 12, 2014

Yisro – Yisro

This week’s Torah Reading is called Yisro, who was Moshe’s father-in-law. Contained in the Torah Reading is the 10 Commandments. It was these 10 Commandments that were brought done from Mt. Sinai by Moshe on the Two Tablets.

The 1st Tablet reflects the laws that relate between the Al-mighty and the Jewish Nation. The 2nd Tablet reflects the laws that relate to the individual relationship in the Jewish Nation. There are 5 on each Tablet. The 5th Commandment and final one on the 1st Tablet is Honor your Father and Mother. This at first seems strange as one would think this would apply best to the 2nd Tablet where we speak of the relationship amongst the Jewish Nation.

However, the Al-mighty is telling us that this final commandment on the 1st Tablet reflects the relationship between the Al-mighty and the Jewish Nation.

There are 3 partners in the creation of a child, the Father, the Mother and the Al-mighty. Thus when a child honors his or her parents he or she is also honoring the 3rd partner, the Al-mighty. To a great extent the continuity of the Jewish Nation and their commitment to the Torah is based on the Honor of one’s parents and thus the honor of the Al-mighty.

Thus in a way it is symbolical that it is Number 5 which corresponds to the 5 Books of the Torah. By fulfilling Number 5 of the 10 Commandments it will ensure that the 5 Books of the Torah will be maintained.

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