In this week’s parsha of Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro, enters the camp of B’nei Yisrael after hearing all that Hashem did for them, but the main focus is on the Jews experiencing divine revelation at Mount Sinai and receiving the Ten Commandments. If this is what is being discussed, and the most important part of the parsha is at Mount Sinai, then why is the parsha named after Yitro? What did Yitro do in order to receive the honor of having the story named after him?
As we know, Yitro was a very negative person, but as he grew closer to Moshe, he began to change and, in the end, became a righteous man to whom B’nei Yisrael looked up to, including Moshe. The parsha is named after him because his story shows that anybody can do Teshuva, we just need the desire for it. Just like Yitro transformed from being an extremely negative person to becoming a source of inspiration, so too, we can can transform if we really desire it.
By: Yehuda Cohen (9th Grade)