Sedra Yisro 120 words – Dispensing Justice

Yisro advises Moshe about how to run the justice system. “You cannot do it alone. Even if you are there all day and all night it’s an impossible task.” [18:18]

We know the outcome – except for verse 20 – “You will warn them about the commandments and exhort them to follow the right approach and how to act.” The meaning is clear but what has it to do with establishing an efficient system of justice?

As we explained last year, Moshe Rabbenu guides Gd’s Nation towards understanding that the justice system is not just about dispensing justice but more importantly about teaching and inspiring the people to live with and for and love justice. Yisro understands this – at the apex stands the position of teaching and inspiring.