By, Moshe Burt
Parsha Yithro concludes with the high moment to date in world history; The Asseret HaDibrot (The 10 Statements) on the 6th day of the month of Sivan.
In our parsha Mishpatim, many basic laws of civilized existence are enunciated for B’nai Yisrael. The purpose of the Mishpatim, the civil laws, are to protect the moral fiber of society by regulating relationships between men, ecouraging truthfulness, sincerity and
kindness while condemning immorality and deceit.
Along about last Tuesday (of the week of Parsha Yithro), this author thought to question how it transpired, how it evolved that Yithro, Moshe Rabbeinu’s Father-in-Law, a former member of Pharoh’s ruling circle and one who had tried every avodah zora before finding Hashem; merited that the format for law enforcement and justice in the B’nai Yisrael would flow from him. [...]