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"Now Yitro the priest of Midyan, Moshe’s father-in-law, heard about all that God had done for Moshe and for Isra’el his people, how YHWH had brought Isra’el out of Egypt." Shemot 18:1

Hebrew In Israel | Torah Portion Yitro – Learn Torah

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We explore Moses’ encounter with Yitro and the revelation of YHWH at Mt. Sinai in this week’s Torah Portion, Yitro (Jethro).

Torah Portion Yitro: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Questions And Topics In This Discussion

  • Is Yitro Establishing The Sanhedrin?
  • The Lifespan And Authority Of The Sanhedrin
  • Was it YHWH Himself at Mt. Sinai?
  • The Basis of the Covenant of The Ten Commandments
  • Does the Second Commandment Describe Family Curse?
  • How Does One Sanctify the Sabbath?
  • Shabbat in Miqsat Ma’ase HaTorah (4QMMT; sectarian document; Dead Sea Scrolls)
  • What Melakhah (Work) is Forbidden on Shabbat?
  • The Place Where I Cause My Name To Be Mentioned.

Mentioned In This Podcast

Oral Torah Series     What Should I Do With My Tithe?

This Week’s Haftarah

Haftarah Yitro, Isaiah 6

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January 28, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Podcast cutting out half way through, last weeks portion also.

And when trying to leave comments,keeps saying duplicate comment and won’t take it.😐

Very sad, two great teachings what I heard I loved! But can’t tell you bout them and haven’t been able to listen.


January 28, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Yea-it worked!

Ok Yoel, now to listen to entire portion. I’ll try again this eve.

I love these and love the commentary. I’ve been listening to you, Jeff Gilbert, NG, Jono for years now. Jeff site doesn’t now doesn’t allow me to listen either, he re vamped his website 😢.

Thank you, so much for doing these,I have listened to the original Torah pearls so many times, the new perspective is great.


January 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Ok, must have even problem on my end, Bahamas, ha!

Thank you very much, so excited!


January 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Listened last night, entire thing! So good, thankyou

New microphone is good too.

Tried to leave a comment on blog site under comments, keeps saying duplicate comment. Have to go to home page to leave a comment.

So don’t be discouraged at no comments, it’s a clutch.

Ana Lopes

March 1, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Shalom, Yoel!
Could it be that the descriptions in Shemot and Bamidbar about judges and officers are talking about different things? I mean, if there would be officers of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens, they would be more than 70.
Thank you for the podcast!

    Yoel Halevi

    April 8, 2020 at 11:59 am

    These are two different things. The 70 are the overall leaders of the tribed. while the other group is small group leaders divided by the number of subjects under them.


January 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

Shalom Yoel,
Thank you for an exceptional “shiur” on Torah portion Yitro. Your opinion is one of the rare (if not unique) that is rid of all the prejudices, it’s a true gem in today’s world.
I very much appreciate your take on the meaning of the sanctity of Shabbat and the prohibited work.
Regarding the “contradiction” in the singularity of the chosen place – isn’t that directly addressed in Shemot 20:24 “Make for Me an altar of earth and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come to you and bless you.”
The expression there is bekal hamaqom – so if maqom was unique identifier, the prepostition would not be valid?
In my opinion the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem was not set as an exclusive place of worship – but as a central one, calling on people to visit it three times per year to strengthen the unity of the nation under the covenant. if I recall correctly, neither Solomon nor David or prophets identified Jerusalem as the “only” maqom. Not sure what the documentary hypothesis proponents are pointing to?

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