Baruch Shekivanti!

I just saw an article by Rabbi Ezra Frazer on Kol Torah that makes some similar observations.  Worthwhile reading!

One particular point worthy of noting is his citation of the Orach Chayim, 

The Or HaChaim (18:1-2) observes part of this shift in Yitro’s titles, and suggests that the Torah is subtly praising Yitro; as a prominent Midyanite priest, he married off his daughter to a complete stranger, without worrying about his image as a priest. Moreover, by now visiting Bnei Yisrael in the wilderness and by praising their God for Yetziat Mitzrayim, Yitro demonstrates that he prefers being known by his son-in-law, Moshe, to his own lofty title of priest of Midyan. The Or HaChaim thus reads the words “VaYikach Yitro Chotein Moshe,” “And Yitro the father-in-law of Moshe took” (18:2) homiletically to mean that Yitro took for himself the title “father-in law of Moshe” and all that it represents, while he rejected the aforementioned title of priest of Midyan and its pagan associations.

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