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Issue 1011
Parshat Eikev (m’vorchim) (and R’ei)
August 09, 2012
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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya by Aliya Sedra Summary (R"EI)

Kohen - First Aliya 17 p’sukim - 11:26-12:10
[S> 11:26 (3)] After setting down the fundamentals of Judaism (including the formative history of the Nation, Aseret HaDibrot, Sh’ma, Brachot & Davening, and more) in the first three sedras of D’varim, Moshe Rabeinu proceeds with the “Tachlis” part of the Book - mitzvot. The sedras of R’ei, Shoftim, and Ki Teitzei contain 170 mitzvot, the greatest number for three consecutive sedras. They are 3 of the top 6 mitzva-sedras of the Torah.
Blessing = keeping the mitzvot; curse = not keeping them. These are the simple equations that Moshe presents here and that Yehoshua will again present when the People stand on Har G’rizim and Har Eival.

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Sedra Stats

R'EI Stats

R’EI Stats
47th of the 54 sedras; 4th of 11 in D’varim
Written on 257.8 lines in a Torah (rank: 4)
20 Parshiyot; 5 open; 15 closed
126 p’sukim - ranks 13th (first in D’varim)
Same number of p’sukim as Lech L’cha, but Lech L’cha ranks 23 in size, compared with 4th for R’ei. Interesting, no?
1932 words - ranks 7th (first in D’varim)
7442 letters - ranks 7th (first in D’varim)
Relatively long p’sukim like most sedras in D’varim (hence, jump in ranking)

MITZVOT
55 of the 613; 17 positive, 38 prohibition
Only Ki Teitzei & Emor have more

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya by Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary
[P> X:Y (Z)] and [S> X:Y (Z)] indicate start of a parsha p’tucha or s’tuma. X:Y is Perek:Pasuk of the beginning of the parsha; (Z) is the number of p’sukim in the parsha.
Numbers in [square brackets] are the Mitzva-count of Sefer HaChinuch AND Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvot. A=ASEI (positive mitzva); L=LAV (prohibition). X:Y is the perek and pasuk from which the mitzva comes.

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Sedra Stats

Eikev Stats

EIKEV Stats
46th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 11 in D’varim
231.83 lines in a Torah; rank: 14th
10 Parshiyot; 6 open, 4 closed
111 p’sukim - ranks 26th (4th in D’varim)
Same number as Vayikra, but larger
1747 words - ranks 16th (3rd in D’varim)
Same number as Ki Tavo; Ki Tavo has more p’sukim; Eikev has more letters
6865 letters - ranks 14th (3rd in D’varim)
Eikev’s p’sukim are long - 3rd longest in the Torah in words and letters per pasuk. This accounts for rise in ranking in those categories.

MITZVOT
8 of 613 mitzvot, 6 pos. / 2 prohibitions

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HaShem to ChaZa"L: You take this one

In more complete English, G-d to the Sages. There are times - many times - when G-d is very specific with a command. You shall not wear SHAATNEZ, wool and linen together. Not much maneuvering space on that one. In sukkot you shall dwell seven days. What’s a sukka? Rambam says that G-d told Moshe Rabeinu exactly what a sukka is.
Yes, of course, our Sages have a lot to say to us about the carrying out of mitzvot and setting guidelines for both positive commands and prohibitions. But G-d - via the Torah, Written and Oral - essentially “calls the shots”.

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Jewish Law

Lesson # 593 HARAV ELIASHIV

With the demise of the great Gaon, HaRav Eliashiv, I thought a few lessons with his holdings would be appropriate.
In a case where he and Rabbis Zolti and Adas participated, the following were the facts:

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Word of the Month

Word of the Month

A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of haChodesh HaZeh Lachem…

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Sedra Stats

EIKEV Stats
46th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 11 in D’varim
231.83 lines in a Torah; rank: 14th
10 Parshiyot; 6 open, 4 closed
111 p’sukim - ranks 26th (4th in D’varim)
Same number as Vayikra, but larger
1747 words - ranks 16th (3rd in D’varim)
Same number as Ki Tavo; Ki Tavo has more p’sukim; Eikev has more letters
6865 letters - ranks 14th (3rd in D’varim)
Eikev’s p’sukim are long - 3rd longest in the Torah in words and letters per pasuk. This accounts for rise in ranking in those categories.

MITZVOT
8 of 613 mitzvot, 6 pos. / 2 prohibitions

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R’EI Stats
47th of the 54 sedras; 4th of 11 in D’varim
Written on 257.8 lines in a Torah (rank: 4)
20 Parshiyot; 5 open; 15 closed
126 p’sukim - ranks 13th (first in D’varim)
Same number of p’sukim as Lech L’cha, but Lech L’cha ranks 23 in size, compared with 4th for R’ei. Interesting, no?
1932 words - ranks 7th (first in D’varim)
7442 letters - ranks 7th (first in D’varim)
Relatively long p’sukim like most sedras in D’varim (hence, jump in ranking)

MITZVOT
55 of the 613; 17 positive, 38 prohibition
Only Ki Teitzei & Emor have more

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Word of the Month

Word of the Month

A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of HaChodesh HaZeh Lachem…

On Shabbat Parshat Eikev we bench Rosh Chodesh Elul, which will be the following Shabbat and the Sunday that follows it (AUG 18,19).

ROSH CHODESH ELUL YI-HEH B’YOM SHABBAT KODESH UL’MACHRATO B’YOM RISHON HABA ALEINI V’AL KOL YISRAEL L’TOVA:

The molad is Friday (Aug 17) - 13h 13m 7p (1:52pm) - actual: 5:55pm

HAMOLAD YI-HEH B’YOM SHISHI, SHLOSH ESREI DAKOT V’SHIVA CHALAKIM ACHAREI ACHAT BATZAHARYIM