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Parashat Yitro (February 18, 2017)
by Ilana Symons

IN YITRO, we read the most important contract made in the history of the Jewish people: The Ten Commandments. There is a lot of pomp and circumstance leading up to G-d’s pronouncements. Then, “the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking and… they fell back and stood at a distance.” (Exodus 20:15) They feared G-d, and the responsibilities that G-d set before them.

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