This week’s Torah portion Yitro (Shemot 18:1-20:23, though we will be looking at 18:1-19:6). For those that were able to stay for Midrash last Shabbat, where we discussed the importance of Shabbat, we will, in a sense, continue right where we left off; 19:6 says (in bold):
“This is what you are to say to the house of Ya‛aqoḇ, and declare to the children of Yisra’ĕl: ‘You have seen what I did to the Mitsrites, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. And now, if you diligently obey My voice, and shall guard My covenant, then you shall be My treasured possession above all the peoples – for all the earth is Mine – and you shall be to Me a reign of priests and a set-apart nation.’ Those are the words which you are to speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl.”
What does it mean to be a kingdom of priests and a set-apart (Holy) nation?
Also consider that before YHWH has Moshe tell the Children of Israel they are to be a ‘kingdom of priest and a holy nation’ Yithro imparts some wisdom to Moshe regarding how he was governing his people, telling him it was ‘not good’ prior to the giving of the Ten Words. What is the significance of this?
Rabbi Sacks also has a lot to say on this: