January 31, 2002
A Portion of Parshat Yitro
This portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro). Jethro visits Moses and watches him care for the Israelites. Moses is exhausted. He spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. And, in the evening, of course, he has to talk to God. He never has time to eat, let alone take a shower. Jethro says to him: "You'll kill yourself if you keep up at this pace. Get some people to help you with your job of caring for your people." And that's exactly what Moses does.
Do your parents ever seem too exhausted to pay any attention to you? Do you have siblings that need care? Your parents may not be able to afford &'9;&'9;a housekeeper, or a babysitter. So, you might need to help them out. And the best way you can do that is by telling them you understand how busy they are. You can also tell them that you know how much they love you, and you know that they will give you the time and attention you need as soon as they are able. You'll be surprised. As soon as you tell them that, they might just find the time to talk!