For he instructed Moses to choose capable judges and leaders who would respect God and could never be bribed, and to have them act as officials over “thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. .” Always willing to learn, Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything that he said.” (Exodus -24).
Known in Arabic as Shu’eib, Jethro is highly revered by the Druze as a prophet.
Tradition holds that while fleeing from Muslim persecutors Sabalan crossed the wadi below the site.
There are about 130,000 Druze in Israel, with about a fifth residing in the Golan Heights and most of the rest on Mount Carmel and in the Galilee.
A unique ethnic minority, their religion is an offshoot of Islam that differs markedly from Islam in its beliefs.
But although Darzi later turned his back on his Druze brothers and is considered a traitor, the name has persisted.
One belief held by the Druze concerns the mystery of Caliph El-Hakem bi-amer Allah’s disappearance four years after founding the new religion.
Tradition holds that he lies at rest in the Galilee at the Tomb of Nebi Shu’eib, located near Tiberias and Mount Arbel.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Druze pilgrimages to the tomb have been common for centuries, but there was never an official date for paying homage to the prophet.
In earlier times, when danger approached, the Druze would light torches and send a message from mountaintop to mountaintop – exactly like the ancient Israelites who used this method to announce the beginning of the new month to their brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.
Visitors of all faiths are welcome at the Tomb of Nebe Shu’eib, where one of the main attractions is a large footprint that many believe was made by Jethro.
Unable to accept the fact that followers of Islam would willingly accept another faith, Muslims in the Middle East have been persecuting the Druze since the very beginning.
As a result, thousands left their homes in Egypt and elsewhere and today live mainly in Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Jordan.
That seemed like a good site for a permanent settlement, and area Druze flocked to what would become Beit Jann, a major Druze village in Israel located on the ridges of Mount Meron.