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Everyone read about it in the newspaper. Everyone talked about it day and night. But only one got up and did something.

This week’s parshah starts with: “And Yisro, the priest of Midian and the father-in-law of Moshe, heard about everything G-d did for Moshe and Israel, His people.” Yisro hears about the departure from slavery to freedom, about the new tidings in the world, and does not remain indifferent.

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He hears, turns, and acts: “And Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, came.” Yisro leaves his house and joins the Jewish people.

Many commentators write about Yisro’s hearing. The Torah relates that many nations heard about the exodus of Egypt and were amazed and startled. Millions in the Middle East followed the drama. Did it provoke them to change? To do something? No.

Only Yisro went deeper into what this all meant to him. He didn’t just hear – he changed.

Massive amounts of information compete for our attention. Every day we hear countless pieces of news. The story of Yisro raises a question: What do we do with what we hear?

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Sivan Rahav-Meir, a ba’alas teshuvah, is one of the most popular media personalities in Israel. She is a Channel 2 News anchor, a columnist for Yediot Aharonot, and the host of a weekly radio show on Galei Tzahal. Every day she shares short Torah thoughts to over 100,000 Israelis – both observant and not – via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.
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