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Yitro, 14 Shevat 5779
January 20, 2019

The Zohar says, "In all words of Torah, the blessed Holy One has placed supernal mysteries, teaching human beings how to follow the path to perfection, as is said:  I am YHVH your Elohim, instructing you for your benefit, guiding you in the way you should go (Isaiah 48:17)."  In this week's Parasha of Yitro, we read about the Ten Utterances of which the Zohar states, "These Ten Utterances of Torah are totality of commandments of Torah, entirety of above and below, entirety of ten utterances of Creation."  It is important that we read and study the words of Torah so that we may activate them in our lives and in our world.  There are many layers of wisdom in the Torah and it is not enough just to read it on a literal level.  Fortunately many commentaries are available today to help us probe this wisdom so that we might inwardly digest it and actively live it.  The Zohar helps us to understand Torah from a kabbalistic perspective because it is the "mystical commentary" on Torah.  During this month we focus on inner renewal, which includes healing the way we eat.  Inner renewal also consists of how we pray, of how we study Torah; after all prayer and Torah are our spiritual foods.  According to the Mishnah, the universe is sustained by three things: avodah (prayer), Torah, and g'milut chasadim (deeds of lovingkindness).  May our g'milut chasadim be the result of our renewed prayer and Torah study.

Shavua tov,

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Parashat Yitro
Torah Portion:
Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23

Yeshayah (Isaiah) 6:1-13

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With the Torah portion of Shemot we begin the six week period of Shovavim. This period of Shovavim is an acronym for the six weekly Torah portions: Shemot, Va-eira, Bo, Beshalach, Yitro and Mishpatim. It is a time of inner renewal, tikun (correction) of misdeeds, and teshuvah (return to Creator). We should strive to avoid anger and seek humility by shunning cynicism, frivolity, and arrogance.

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