Bissel to Nibble #12 of 5773

A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Mark

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish. Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel,
would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less.

Parshat  Yitro (Exodus 18 – 20:22) – “I get by with a little help…”

Accepting help from others can be the key to success.

Accepting help from others can be the key to success.

Thunder, lightning, clouds, the 10 Commandments and a little advice?  This week we read that after Moses goes up and down, and up and down, Mt. Sinai, we receive the 10 Commandments with great fanfare.  A lightning show and loud blasts from the shofar, plus a smoking mountain, have not only the Israelites, but the mountain as well, trembling.  Before this great show though is a quiter scene.  One that pictures Moses helping the people make decisions and judgments.  His father-in-law, Yitro, gives him a little advice, “You will wear yourself, and these people, out.  The task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (18:18)  He continues, advising Moses to seek out others to share the burden with him.

In the vast array of life’s loud fanfare, can we search for the meaningful wisdom of a quieter moment or of a loved one?

Can we identify a task, a topic or something in our lives that is too heavy for us to bear alone or that is wearing us out?

How can we share it with others in a way that will be helpful?

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Mark Melamut

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