אַשְׂכִּילָה בְּדֶרֶךְ תָּמִים
posted by A Simple Jew @ 12:55 PM
Commenting on Shemos 18:21, the Ohr HaChaim wrote, "I have given some thought to the reason why Yisro merited that this whole parsha bears his name... I believe the reason for all this is that Hashem wanted to show the Jewish people already at the time and for all generations that there are great and intelligent men to be found amongst the nations of the world. Yisro was an example of an enlightened Gentile who demonstrated this point beyond question. It is to teach us that if Hashem chose the Jewish people as His people this is not because they possess superior intellectual qualities. Hashem chose the Jewish people as a reward for the loyalty the Patriarchs had shown Him and as an act of love towards this people."
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