From Steve Asher@3:800/432 to All on Wed Feb 21 20:24:52 2007
3 Adar 5767, February 21, '07Published: 02/08/07, 12:47 AM
Yitro: A Model for Diplomatic Encounters
by Alex Traiman
Nearly as soon as the Jewish people became an independent nation, able
to serve HaShem freely for the very first time, an outside observer of
another nation focused his attention on the business of the Jewish
people and offered his strategy for the betterment of the governance
of the nation of Israel.
Yitro decided following his diplomatic summit not to formally convert
to Judaism. Rather, he became the first Righteous Gentile in Jewish
history, accepting upon himself the seven laws that govern all
nations. Gentiles all across the globe, righteous or not, are bound by
the Seven Noahide Laws: prohibitions against idolatry, murder, theft,
sexual promiscuity, blasphemy, and eating the flesh of a live animal,
in addition to the command to set up a government.
Only when consumed with Torah and G-dliness will a Jewish leader
understand the place of diplomacy in modern political dialogue. And
only then can we expect to hold those foreigners requesting audience
with today's Jewish leadership to the standards of the Biblical model
of righteous diplomacy, Yitro.