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How Open Minded Should Our Children Be?

Moses & and Jethro Debate What is the Best Curriculum for Jewish Education

1 hr 3 min

Class Summary:

The family members of great figures in history are often eclipsed and live in the shadow of their legendary relative. However, many times they are fascinating and inspiring characters in their own right.

This class will compare and contrast the different philosophies of Yisro and Moshe, focusing on their views of the ideal and most meaningful Jewish education.

Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, was a spiritual seeker who had studied and experimented with every spiritual and religious discipline of his time, until finally recognizing and embracing the G-d of the Jews.

This class explores that strange midrashic story that Moses made an oath to his father in law that his first child he would dedicate to a life of idolatry. How can we make sense of this? Yet it is here that we discover the genesis of a major debate about Jewish education that persists to this very day.


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    Andy Snow -1 year ago

    Jethro hmm was he tall...ey!

    A statue of Micha? Was jhe worshipping a statue or idol of one of the proplets, sorry I wasn't rainsed traditonally and only remember the name Mike ah!...ey

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  • Anonymous -1 year ago

    thank you rabbi yy

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  • Anonymous -2 years ago

    Did he do Teshuva?

    How does the Gemora that Yehonasan did Teshuvah and worked for Dovid Hamelech fir with the Possuk that says that he and his kids stayed witht the Pesel Micha until they were exiled from the land? 

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    שמעלקע -4 years ago

    Perfect modern day נפקא מינא.

    The Amish rumspringa has no place in Judaism and brings out beautifully the difference between our holy chinuch and their narishkaiten. Google it. 

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    Joseph Adar -8 years ago

    Thank you very much R. Jacobson !!! Thank you for all your great job!!! Thank you for studying us

    Concerning this Explanation, I still can not understand, why did Moshe agreed with Itro??

    I understand Itro's goal, I understand that Moshe did not want to do it, as not every people is Itro to go through his way

    But still if he did not want, why he agreed to do so ???? Because of Cipira ???

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Yisro/Chukas Class

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • February 11, 2012
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  • 18 Sh'vat 5772
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Dedicated by David and Eda Schottenstein In the loving memory of Alta Shula Swerdlov. And in merit of Yetta Alta Shula, "Aliyah" Schottenstein

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