Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 24, 2016

Yisro – Yisro

This week’s Torah Reading is called Yisro – Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, who was obviously very special.  It is also the week that Tu, BiShvat – the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat – the New Year for trees is celebrated, (Monday).  Man is compared to a tree as it states, Ki Adam Eitz Hasada – Man is like a tree of the field.  It is a New Year for trees so in some way it is a New Year for Mankind.

It is also interesting to further note that this week’s Torah Reading is of the giving of the Torah and the 10 Commandments at Mt. Sinai – a new beginning for the Jewish Nation.  We the Jewish Nation take on a committed life style to the Al-mighty.  Through the Torah and the Jewish Nation, the rest of the world is blessed.

After the giving of the 10 Commandments the Torah describes the Jewish Nation’s unique experience.  The Torah states that the Jewish Nation saw the thunder and the flames, the sound of the Shofar and the smoking mountain,  (Hollywood – with many Jews involved – would learn the art of special affects).  The strange part of this statement is the word saw.   You hear thunder, not see thunder, you hear the sound of the shofar, not see the sound.

The Jewish Nation at this specific moment were elevated to a level of being able to also see that which is normally only heard.  They could see the sound waves of the thunder and the shofar in addition to hearing the sounds as well.  (By the way any Jew that was either blind or deaf, poor vision or poor hearing was cured).

This form of “super” experience would help us maintain the Torah throughout our entire exile.  We have survived whatever has been thrown at us throughout the ages, survived and contributed greatly to mankind and the world.

This is what the experience at Mt. Sinai gave to us. (If only the UN could open up their eyes and ears to see and hear properly – oh well – that day is soon to come)   We only await the climax of the event of Mt. Sinai with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple in Jerusalem.





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