Parashat Yitro 5790 / פָּרָשַׁת יִתְרוֹ

/ 22 Sh’vat 5790

Parashat Yitro is the 17th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 18:1-20:23

Yitro (“Jethro”) begins as Moses reunites with his father-in-law Yitro and accepts his advice to appoint judges who will help govern the Israelites. The Israelites prepare to encounter God at Mount Sinai. God descends amidst fire, smoke, thunder, and the blast of a shofar and gives the Ten Commandments. [1]

Full Kriyah
  1. 1: 18:1-12 · 12 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 18:13-23 · 11 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 18:24-27 · 4 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 19:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 19:7-19 · 13 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 19:20-20:14 · 20 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 20:15-23 · 9 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: 20:19-23 · 5 p’sukim ·

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 · 21 p’sukim

Haftarah for Sephardim: Isaiah 6:1-13 · 13 p’sukim

Triennial year 2
  1. 1: 19:1-6 · 6 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: 19:7-9 · 3 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: 19:10-13 · 4 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: 19:14-19 · 6 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: 19:20-20:14 · 20 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: 20:15-18 · 4 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: 20:19-23 · 5 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: 20:21-23 · 3 p’sukim ·
Note: in the abbreviated reading above (“Option B”), the congregation experiences עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִבְּרוֹת only in years 2 and 3 of the cycle. Some congregations read the entire parsha every year (“Option A”).

Alternate Haftarah: Isaiah 44:9-23 · 15 p’sukim

Yitro: The JPS B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (paid link)

List of Dates

Parashat Yitro is read in the Diaspora on:

References

Parashat Yitro from Sefaria.org
Sefaria, Inc.
Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23) and Haftarah (Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6): The JPS B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary (JPS Study Bible) (paid link)
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, Jewish Publication Society, 2017
The Chumash: The Stone Edition (Artscroll Series) (paid link)
Nosson Scherman, Mesorah Publications, 1993
A Complete Triennial System for Reading the Torah
Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, 1988
Haftarot for a Triennial Cycle Torah Reading
Avram Israel Reisner, 2014

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