This week's parsha
Unless otherwise noted, "This week's Parsha" comprises articles taken from contributors to the Chabad.org website. We show the original author's name here, so that proper attribution is given. For the sake of brevity, footnotes cited in the original author's writings are omitted from this website. If you need to see the citations, please refer to the original articles on the Chabad.org website.
The Cycle of Life
AGE 5: “Thanks, Rabbi, but we’ve decided to send our kids to the local public school. We’ll reconsider Jewish education for high school.”
AGE 13: “Rabbi, it’s nice of you to offer to continue learning with him even after he’s finished his bar mitzva, but now that he’s in high school, it’s time he got serious about his schoolwork. Maybe when he’s settled down a bit with his new schedule...”
My Wife Danced While I Cried
Life is supposed to make sense.
And for me, it generally does. Even the impossible question of “why do bad things happen to good people?” is often abstract and impersonal. My lack of understanding doesn't often hit me in the gut. I’m comfortable with the limits of my comprehension.
Justice or Peace
The portion of Yitro, which contains the account of the greatest Divine revelation in history, at Mount Sinai, begins on a note that is human, all too human. Yitro, priest of Midian, has come to see how his son-in-law Moses and the people he leads are faring. It begins by telling us what Yitro heard (the details of the exodus and its attendant miracles). It goes on to describe what Yitro saw, and this gave him cause for concern.
He saw Moses leading the people alone. The result was bad for Moses and bad for the people. This is what Yitro said: