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Following the logic of previous Parshios: Vaishlach, Vayetze, Vayeshev, Vayigash etc Parshas Yitro had to be called Vayishmah as it starts with "וַיִּשְׁמַע יִתְרוֹ כֹהֵן מִדְיָן".

Why not?

  • I do not understand the downvotes here. – David Kenner Jan 26 at 23:35
  • I had heard that the parsha was named after the first "significant" word, so the question is why certain words are judged significant and other aren't (and by whom). – rosends Jan 26 at 23:41
  • @rosends "וַיֵּצֵא יַעֲקֹב מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע וַיֵּלֶךְ חָרָנָה׃ " could be called יעקב – Al Berko Jan 26 at 23:57

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