Shabbat Shalom- 22 Shevat 5773 יִתְרוֹ

Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law (fresco at the Palazzí Pontificí )
circa 1518–1519 by Raphael

The parsha for this week is Yitro, translated as “jethro” covering Exodus 18:1-20:23, and covers the advice and guidance Jethro offered to Moses in regards to making sure the Israelites were made aware of the rules dictated by G-d, leading to the receiving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai.
For those that may not remember from Hebrew school, the commandments given to Moses are:

(1) “I the Lord am your G-d.”
(2) “You shall have no other gods besides Me. You shall not make for yourself a sculptured image, or any likeness of what is in the heavens above, or on the earth below, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.”
(3) “You shall not swear falsely by the name of the Lord your G-d.”
(4) “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”
(5) “Honor your father and your mother.”
(6) “You shall not murder.”
(7) “You shall not commit adultery.”
(8) “You shall not steal.”
(9) “You shall not bear false witness.”
(10) “You shall not covet . . . anything that is your neighbors”
This parsha contains both negative (thou shall not) and positive (thou shall) commandments, with 14 negative and 3 positives respectively.

Translations via JTS at: http://learn.jtsa.edu/content/translations/yitro/torah-portion/yitro

Commentary available at the following sources:
JTS: http://www.jtsa.edu/Conservative_Judaism/JTS_Torah_Commentary/Yitro_5772.xml

Rabbi Ted Falcon:http://www.rabbitedfalcon.com/weekly-focus/

Chabad: http://www.chabad.org/parshah/default_cdo/aid/15563/jewish/Yitro.htm

Aish:http://www.aish.com/tp/43919012.html

and animated at G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/yitro

Reminders: The Fast of Esther fall this year on February 21st with Purim on the 24th.

Public announcement: As a non-profit, WIJC is required to hold yearly meetings and to elect a Board of Officers. This has generally been done around Purim. If you are interested in assuming a leadership role with WIJC please leave notice in the commments section below, including your contact information. There will be a short meeting with interested parties to discuss the opportunities and possibilities with elections to follow. The role of Treasurer will remain filled (thanks Harlan) with openings for secretary, president, and vice president available.
More details will be made available soon as to the meeting time and place, but right now it would be great to know if anyone wishes to become move involved in building community through event plannning.

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