The most seminal event in Jewish history, the miracle that informed, inspired and inflamed our people with passionate commitment to ethical monotheism, was the Revelation at Sinai. How strange that the biblical portion that details this phenomenon is named Yitro — after Moses’ father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro), a Midianite priest. What did Yitro do to deserve such an honor?
Parshat Bo deals with the final plagues and the essential themes of Passover. England’s Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks points out that when Moses addresses the Jewish people, who are about to exit Egypt, he doesn’t focus on freedom, or the Land of Israel, but on the “children and the distant future and the duty to pass on memory to generations yet unborn.”