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Yitro: The Marriage of God and Israel


Moses takes his leave of Jethro.

Moses takes his leave of Jethro.
Photo Credit: Jan Victors (1619–1676)

Parshat Yitro contains the most important piece in the narrative of the Jewish people, the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, when the nation and God are ‘married.’ Curiously, before that story, we have two short stories about Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, first when he throws a feast to celebrate the salvation, and then when he advises Moshe to set up a court system. How do these stories relate to both Moshe’s first meeting with Yitro and the marriage between the people and God?



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About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


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14 Responses to “Yitro: The Marriage of God and Israel”

  1. Tammy Kat says:

    LOVE IT. THANK-YOU

  2. Linda Garnes says:

    Thank you – that teaching and picture
    illustration of “marriage” between God and His people ( including Spiritual rings) was part of my theme recently.
    Your video, illustrations, & explanations were excellent. Loved it! Thanks again! Blessings!

  3. Mary Mauldin says:

    Very nice, thank you:)

  4. Mary Mauldin says:

    This was wonderful, showing the nature of God.

  5. I would like to hear more Bible Stories.. You explain them very well!!

  6. Margaretha Tierney says:

    wonderful. Would love more insights into Scripture stories.

  7. I just love to hear the scriptures from a Jewish point of view, fantastic a real eye opener. Thank you.

  8. Enjoyed very much. Found the background music a bit distracting and the animations unnecesary but not offensive. Rabbi Fohrman's idea was very creative and relevant. Thank you.

  9. Gary Harper says:

    One of numerous parallels the discerning can find in the Scriptures. It is only through God that any dispute can be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. And the analogy of the bride and the groom is everywhere in the Prophets. To provoke further thought, consider the term "bridegroom".

  10. Patricia Allen says:

    Wonderful. I really like remez study and letting Scripture interpret Scripture.
    Thank you for pulling this together. I like the animation! I am eager to see more and expect that you do it for every Torah portion. I will be looking for them!

  11. Hi, its Rabbi Fohrman. For more, please visit my site, where we have a pretty extensive library: alephbeta.org

  12. Hi, Sandy — glad to hear you like it. Please visit my site, alephbeta.org, for more of this kind of study…

  13. Hi Isi. For more of this kind of study, you can find it at alephbeta.org, where we have quite an extensive library. Enjoy.

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