Rashi to Exodus 18:1 says that Yisro was also called

Yeser because he added (yasar) a parasha in the Torah: "And you see…" [from 18:21].

We don't have a parasha break before verse 21. Did Rashi (or whoever he's quoting) have one there, or are we not to understand him as meaning that a parasha begins there?

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Artscroll (in their edition of Rashi, p. 206) translates your quote as "because he caused one more passage of the Torah to be written" and comments

"He caused one more passage of the Torah to be written" does not mean that there was a change made in the Torah. It is a basic tenet of Judaism that the Torah can never be changed. Rather, this means that although Moses' method and criteria for choosing judges could have been recorded without any mention of Jethro's role, the Torah, nevertheless, states that Moses' action was based on Jethro's advice.

See also Rashi to Bamidbar 10:29 for a similar comment on Yitro.

Similar examples of passage of the Torah being credited to an individual or group are Bamidbar 25:6 (Pinchas) and Bamidbar 27:5 (daughters of Zelophehad).


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