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Monday, February 08, 2010

Parsha Yitro: Exodus 18-20. Yitro's Request.

This was from last week but Yitro visits his son in law Moses and he is very happy to hear what the G-d of Israel did for the Israelite people. And he believes in their G-d. Then in Chapter 18 Yitro see's that Moses is spending all day judging the people and he feels this isn't good. And he proceeds to tell Moses to teach others and have them judge the easier case and that they should be men who sprun ill-gotton gain. (18:21). How far we have fallen that today many judges do things that they will gain from even if it is at someone elses expense and justice is not served.

The other interesting thing is that this idea of Moses doing it all himself was not considered healthy. Although he did judge the complicated cases in the end. So even great men can't do it all by himself nor should they. Yet in some parts of Rabbinic Judaism it seems to me they do have a person that does it all which I think is not following this example. In addition, being able to delegate some of the concepts to others of course requires a true G-d fearing leader. As some leaders don't want to delegate because their own idea's sad to say are based on some other agenda and they don't fully fear G-d and to delegate certain duties this may be found out.

But, again, I don't think anything new is under the sun and Moses who was elected by G-d and is considered righteous to the level that will never exist again even he it was not good for him to do it alone and part of his righteousness was his humility in not wanting to do it all alone and following his father-in-laws suggestion. Hopefully this can be learned from when it comes to judging or even other area's that we shouldn't want to do it all ourselves and if they are ways that are just and fair there would be reason to not teach this to others to engage in the activity in some of the easier cases.