Health, Nutrition & Torah: Yitro

| February 3, 2010

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

Courtesy Alexander Smolianitski (http://flickr.com/photos/smolianitski/)

The Text:

The Context:
Moses is developing as the leader of this newly freed people.  His father-in-law, a Midianite priest, Jethro advises him about a more effective model to adjudicate.  The people reach Mount Sinai and Moses ascends to receive the Ten Commandments.

What it Means for Advocates:
This Torah portion marks the moment when the brit, covenant, between God and Abraham truly becomes a brit between God and the Jewish people.  It is the moment in time when all Jews throughout history become connected not only by an individual relationship but through the Jewish community.  As the inheritors of this tradition we have obligations to our own community both Jewish and secular, and the global world.  In a 2009 op-ed, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote about the marketing strategies of non-profits that fight poverty, here.

As an advocate, it is important to know about the non-profits one supports. Further, it is important to know how you can help build social networking movements and world-of-mouth advertising for the causes you believe in. Do you have skills that might aid an organization that works on national or international hunger and anti-poverty work? In addition to putting your money where your mouth is, find out how you can donate skills to these important causes.

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