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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Yitro

Yitro: Sacred Service

In this week’s reading (Yitro), the Israelites experience an extraordinary revelation at Mount Sinai. The content of that revelation includes the Ten Commandments. These days, I’ve been think a lot about the fourth of those divine utterances, the one about the Sabbath. “Six days you may work and do all your labor, it states, “but the seventh […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Yitro 2016

Yitro: The Perfection of Imperfection

This week’s Torah portion (Yitro/Jethro), cover a lot of ground, including Moses’ ascent to Mt. Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. I’m going to focus instead on a single seemingly unimportant verse: When you make for Me an altar of stones, you shall not build it of hewn stones, for by wielding your […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Interdependence

Yitro: Interdependence

This week’s Torah portion includes the revelation at Mount Sinai, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the acceptance of God’s rule by the Children of Israel, but I’m not going to comment on any of that. Instead, I want to focus on Moshe and the challenge of leadership.   The Israelites were not an easy group […]

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