Susan Barth
Advocate for Marriage Education in Israel

Do IT for Your Children’s Sake

“If you do not go out for my sake, go out for the sake of your wife; and if not for the sake of your wife, then go out for the sake of her two sons.” This is the explanation which the commentator Rashi gave in this week’s Torah portion Yitro in response to the sentence (Chapter 18, number 6): “I, thy father in law Jethro am coming to thee and thy wife and her two sons with her.”

What is interesting about the commentary is the fact that it sets up a hierarchy of psychological reasons for persuading Moses to re unite with his father in law.

For the Sake of Yitro

Putting aside for a moment that Yitro (aka Jethro) was a Midian priest in his own right and alone would warrant a special welcome from Moses.

For the Sake of Zipporah

It would also be assumed that Moses would welcome being reunited with his wife Zipporah who he had not seen since he returned from Midian to carry out the emancipation of the Jews.

For the Sake of the Children

But in the event that those reasons were not a sufficient basis for a reunion, then the final “ace in the hole” is for the sake of the children. The knowledge of Yitro that if all else fails the children would prevail as the drawing card has profound implications for today.

Internalize the Message

Today it appears that another Lockdown extension will be imposed due to the rising number of Corona cases. To me, it is an unfathomable statement of our fragility and our moment of truth.

We simply cannot afford as the “light unto the nations” to permit the rampant continuation of a virus when the stakes are so high – the question we have to ask ourselves is the following:

Are we going to continue to take a liberal interpretation of “lockdown” with the attitude that “it won’t happen to me” or to rally around the warnings and make a pledge to ourselves to take all measures necessary to respect the requirements:

For the Sake of the Yitro’s or the Elderly?

And if not –

For the Sake of our Spouses?

And if not

Most of All FOR the Sake of OUR CHILDREN!

We can defeat this plague if we all do our part to honor the Health Ministry guidelines and know that in so doing we truly exemplify the morning prayer which reads:

I hereby take upon myself the mitzvah, “Love your fellowman as yourself.”

Another Testimony to Colonel Ilan Ramon z”l

Tomorrow marks the day of the disintegration of the Columbia shuttle and the death of Colonel Ramon who I referred to in my prior blog Renewal and Mission of Hope. As a further testimony to how he represented all of Jews around the world during his mission in space,

I saw this moving short video of Ilan talking about living without borders in this world in peace and he is blowing a kiss and mouthing the words “I love you”
Here is the link to the emotional video.

– What a message of hope for us as we start what I hope and pray will be the last Lockdown – if not for our sakes..

Please forgive me if I have offended anyone.

About the Author
Susan Barth is founder and director of Israeli non profit Together in Happiness/B'Yachad B'Osher, promoting stronger, healthier marriages impacting Israeli society. A Project Management Professional (PMP) and businesswoman from the US, Susan sponsored and chaired the First International Conference on Marriage Education in Israel (attended by over 360 professionals) in Jerusalem in memory of her parents and launched I-PREP, an innovative marriage education curriculum. On November 8, 2017, Together in Happiness co-hosted with MK Yehudah Glick a historic Knesset seminar promoting government support for pre-marriage education
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