Yitro, Moshe’s father in law had many names. One of his names was Yeter which literally means to add or to supplement. Why that particular appellation? Well, it seems according to Rashi that the section of ואתה תחזה …And you shall discern from amongst the entire people, men of accomplishment, G d fearing people and you should appoint them leaders of thousands, leaders of hundreds, leaders of fifties and leaders of tens was as it were, added to the Torah incorporating Yitro’s insightful advice to share the role of dispensing justice which was borne by Moshe alone until then. The truth is that Yitro’s narrative began a number of verses before, so why does Rashi suggest the added part was from verse 21 when in fact it was from verse 14 seven pesukim earlier?
Rabbi Meir Shapiro suggests that the earlier verses were criticism while the latter ones were offering a solution to the problem. Anyone can point out problems! Yitro came up with solutions.
The lesson? When you find something wrong don’t just whine, whinge, criticize and complain. Like Yitro after whom our Parasha is named, find a solution! Share it and make things better and not worse.
In friendship and with love.
Rabbi David Shaw