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Issue 1014
Shabbat Parshat Ki Tavo
September 06, 2012
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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

Ki Tavo Stats

Ki Tavo Stats
50th of the 54 sedras;
7th of 11 in D’varim
Written on 233 lines in a Torah (rank: 13)
21 Parshiyot; 5 open, 16 closed (ranks 7, tied with Vayikra & Va’etchanan)
122 p’sukim - ranks 17th (2nd in D’varim)
Same as Vayakhel & Va’etchanan;
Ki Tavo is larger than Vayakhel, and smaller than Va’etchanan
1747 words - ranks 16th (2nd in D’varim)
Same as Ekev. Ekev is a bit larger
6811 letters - ranks 15th (4th in D’varim)
P’sukim are longer than average for the Torah, but short for D’varim

MITZVOT
6 of the 613; 3 pos. and 3 prohibitions

 

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The Mitzva Champ: Ki Tavo

Lesson from PRAT to the K’LAL

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TTriddles "Report"

TTriddles

TTRIDDLES…
are Torah Tidbits-style riddles on Parshat HaShavua (sometimes on the calendar). They are found in the hard-copy of TT scattered throughout, usually at the bottom of different columns

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

How beautiful that Hashem created a world and did not disassociate Himself from it! On the contrary, in His illustrious fashion, G-d continues to monitor our every action. Moreover, there is a two-way relationship - for our deeds in this world can affect the flow of goodness that descends upon us from Above.

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"From Machon Puah"

Evaluating the Husband

In the recent joint Puah and OU Conference on Intimacy and Fertility held in Cong. Bnai Yeshurun, Teaneck, Dr. Natan Bar Chama addressed the issue of male infertility. As a respected urologist in the NY area he pointed out that 20-30% of cases of infertility the problem is a male factor. It is therefore essential that any assessment of a couple facing fertility problems must involve an evaluation of the husband. However he stressed that this does not necessarily mean that the initial examination must be a semen analysis which involves serious halachic questions and hurdles.

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Portion of the Portion

The Wisdom of Walking in His Ways

Two weeks ago we spoke about the fact that we are instructed to be like G-d. The source for this obligation, which the Rambam actually lists as a separate positive mitzva, is a verse in this week’s portion of KI TAVO (9:28). “G-d will establish you as a Holy nation, as He promised you, if only you keep the commandments of HaShem your G-d and walk in His paths.”

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder

1) Why does the Torah use the terminology of INHERITING (VIRISHTA) and SETTLING (V’YASHAVTA) Israel specifically regarding the mitzva of Bikurim (26:1) and regarding the appointment of a king (17:14)?
2) Why does the Torah describe where G-D looks down on us as being both YOUR HOLY DWELLING (MIM’ON KODSHECHA) and HEAVEN (HASHAMAYIM - 26:15)?
3) Why does the Torah use the double language of ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS WILL COME UPON YOU and also THEY WILL OVERTAKE YOU (V’HISIGHUCHA - 28:2)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

This week’s Torah portion opens with the commandment of bringing the Bikurim, the first fruits of a farmer’s crop that are to be brought to the Beit HaMikdash and given to a kohen:
...”when you come into the Land which Hashem your God gives you for an inheritance, and you possess it, and dwell therein; then you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the ground…” (D’varim 26:1-2)

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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

Ki Tavo Stats
50th of the 54 sedras;
7th of 11 in D’varim
Written on 233 lines in a Torah (rank: 13)
21 Parshiyot; 5 open, 16 closed (ranks 7, tied with Vayikra & Va’etchanan)
122 p’sukim - ranks 17th (2nd in D’varim)
Same as Vayakhel & Va’etchanan;
Ki Tavo is larger than Vayakhel, and smaller than Va’etchanan
1747 words - ranks 16th (2nd in D’varim)
Same as Ekev. Ekev is a bit larger
6811 letters - ranks 15th (4th in D’varim)
P’sukim are longer than average for the Torah, but short for D’varim

MITZVOT
6 of the 613; 3 pos. and 3 prohibitions

 

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Word of the Month

One of the ironies of our handling of the fixed Jewish Calendar is that we announce the molad before the beginning of each month - except for Tishrei’s… and the molad of Tishrei is the most important molad for our calendar calculations. The molad of Tishrei 5773 will occur IY"H on Sunday, Sept. 16 1 hour, 57 minutes, and 8 chalakim (parts) - which is in the wee hours of the morning. Rosh HaShana would be fixed on Sunday, except for the LO ADU Rosh rule. RH is fixed on the following day - MON/TUE.