Times: Shabbat starts tonight with candle lighting at 8:21 pm, and ends Saturday night at 9:23 pm. The weekly Torah portion is Parashat Yitro.
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Thought of the Week with thanks to Michelle Coleman. Yitro and honouring in-laws. With the giving of the Ten Commandments, we learn an important mitzvah – that of honouring our parents. But even before then, we learn about honouring our in-laws:
“And Moshe went out to meet his father-in-law, and he bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare.” (Shmot 18:7).
Moshe is the leader of the entire Jewish nation. He speaks with G-d. And Moshe shows his father-in-law immense honour, and he leaves many important duties to head out to meet Yitro. He then shows him further honour by bowing down to him. Rabbi Naftoli Tzvi Berlin points this out in Haamek Davar. Moshe greets his father-in-law before he greets his wife and children. (Even though he feels a greater love towards them).
We learn from Moshe’s example that we should go out of our way to honour our in-laws. Indeed, it is not a good thing to do but an obligation (Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 240:24).
We also learn something from this incident before we learn to honour our own parents. Honouring our own parents usually is more natural. After all, they have loved us, cared for us and sacrificed for us throughout the years. And we love them back with all our hearts. Showing honour to in-laws may feel less natural to us. (I assume that greeting Yitro before his wife and children felt less natural to Moshe.) Yet it is still something the Torah demands.