Boker tov, dear friends,

As you come into the JCC these days, you may see our new notice board on the side window of the library. We are trying to keep the general Jewish population of Victoria aware of our activities in all manner of ways – including old fashion printed posters.

Communication is so important. Yitro knows this, and he has some lessons for Moses to learn. Remember we are not long out of Egypt and this whole adventure called redemption is still very new – even for Moses. He, like many of us, (no names mentioned), thinks he has to do everything. And he just cannot keep up with the demands of this job. Yitro addresses him, and advises him to set up a system of advisors and judges to listen to the complaints of the Israelites.

Listen to this exchange from Chapter 18:

13: “It came about on the next day that Moses sat down to judge the people, and the people stood before Moses from the morning until the evening.

14: When Moses’ father in law saw what he was doing to the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing to the people? Why do you sit by yourself, while all the people stand before you from morning till evening?”

15: Moses said to his father in law, “For the people come to me to seek God.

16: If any of them has a case, he comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make known the statutes of God and His teachings.”

17: Moses’ father in law said to him, “The thing you are doing is not good.

18: You will surely wear yourself out both you and these people who are with you for the matter is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone”.

Does any of this sound familiar? It certainly resonated with me. Good advice stands for all time. We all need a Yitro, and we all need to know we cannot stand – or sit – alone.

Kol tuv,

Rabbi Lynn