Exodus 18:23
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23  If you do this—and Hashem so commands you—you will be able to bear up; and all these people too will go home unwearied.”

IM et ha-da-VAR ha-ZEH ta-a-SEH v’-tzi-v’-KHA e-lo-HEEM v’-ya-khol-TA a-MOD v’-GAM kol ha-AM ha-ZEH al m’-ko-MO ya-VO v’-sha-LOM

כג  אִם אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה תַּעֲשֶׂה וְצִוְּךָ אֱלֹהִים וְיָכָלְתָּ עֲמֹד וְגַם כָּל־הָעָם הַזֶּה עַל־מְקֹמוֹ יָבֹא בְשָׁלוֹם׃

 18:23   All these people too will go home unwearied

A simple reading of this verse implies that after the implementation of Jethro’s suggestion for expediting the judicial process, every individual would be able to return to their homes much sooner. Based on a careful reading of the Hebrew words, however, the Kli Yakar explains that the verse does not refer to individuals returning to their private homes, but rather, to the Nation of Israel arriving in their national home, Eretz Yisrael. Improving their system of justice was a vital step towards entering the land. Similarly, a renewed commitment to justice will ultimately lead to the final return of the People of Israel to the Land of Israel, as it says (Isaiah 1:27), “Tzion shall be saved in the judgement.”

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  • The important, and often overlooked part of this verse is, “and HaShem so commands you”. Great advice without the seconding of HaShem is bad advice.

  • Without justice Israel could not move forward. There is also the problem of moses trying to settle all of the disputes for millions of people.

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Exodus 18:23

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