News From Ramaz
By Jacqueline L.
In this week's parasha we learn about the 53 mitzvot commanded to Bnei Yisrael. Twenty-three of them were "asseh" and thirty of them were "loh ta'asseh." Some of these prohibitive mitzvot included not being allowed to murder, kidnap, or to mix milk and meat.
We also learn that Hashem promises the Land of Israel to Bnei Yisrael. Bnei Yisrael say that they are going "to do and listen -- naaseh v'nishma" to everything Hashem says. When Moshe goes up Har Sinai, Aharon and Hur are put iin charge of Machaneh Yisrael. Moshe stays there for forty days and forty nights to receive the Torah from Hashem.
One interesting question about this week's parasha is the following: Why does the Torah only tell us to thank our parents and not our grandparents and other people who are older than us? When Hashem gives Bnei Yisrael this mitzvah -- He implies that one will understand it as a reminder to respect and fear all elders and specifically your parents because they created and take care of you. Even without this mitzvah -- one should always still know how to show respect.