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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Life Lessons
Parshas Yisro: Me'il Shmuel - Yisro's Kavod Is Preparation For Kabalas HaTorah

Why is Yisro connected to Matan Torah, that they both are in the same parsha which carries his name? "Another question," asks Rav Shmuel Aharon Yudelevitch (Me'il Shmuel), "when Yisro nears the encampment of Bnei Yisrael he sends a message to Moshe Rabbeinu. 'Ani Chosencha Yisro Ba Eilecha V'Ishticha U'Shnei Vaneha...'(Yisro 18:6). Rashi explains that Yisro's message was: 'Please come out and honor me. If not for my sake then for the sake of your wife. If not for her sake then for the sake of your two children.' Why does Yisro beg for honor?"

He answers, "When Hashem gave the Bnei Yisrael the Torah, they could not appreciate its sweetness and its beauty. In order to appreciate something one must have tasted its polar opposite. After eating hot peppers, one can appreciate honey.

Yisro had tried every Avodah Zara in the world. He spent his life disappointed and disillusioned by Avodah Zara. One after the other proved to be baseless and useless. After a life long search he finally found Hashem. His life turned around and he was enthralled by finding the truth. 'Taamu U'Riu Ki Tov Hashem.' Yisro for one knew exactly how sweet it was to be an Oveid Hashem. He wanted to impart this lesson to Klal Yisrael who were getting a gift that they did not sufficiently appreciate. He made the trip to the Midbar to teach this to the entire Bnei Yisrael. And he wanted everybody to come and hear."

We often take for granted our zchus to be part of Am Yisrael and mock the exuberance and enthusiasm of our brothers and sisters who only later in life were fortunate to discover what we knew all along. Instead of mocking them, we should wake up and learn the lesson they are teaching us. Don't be blind to what we have and don't take it for granted. Don't be childish enough to think it is better where they came from. Our lives are paradise compared to what is out there, and we should jump up and down from excitement like little children that we are in here and not out there.

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