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Before and after

Parshat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/before_and_after_20080125

While studying this Torah portion several years ago, I enjoyed one of those peculiar delights vouchsafed to those who learn to study great Jewish texts in the Hebrew original -- the discovery a great mistranslation. The concept is "ein mukdam u'm'uchar ba'Torah" -- usually mistranslated as "the Torah [often] is not written in chronological order," or more literally, "there is no before and after in the Torah."

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