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Issue 1018
Shabbat Parshat Lech L'echa
October 25, 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

Lech L'cha Stats

3rd sedra of 54;
3rd of 12 in B’reishit
Written on 208 lines in a Torah, ranks 23
7 Parshiyot; 3 open, 4 closed

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Lead Tidbit

Extension, not Replacement

The Avraham-Yitro Lesson

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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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ParshaPix Explanations

Parsha Pix

Arrow from the birthday stuff into Eretz Yisrael is Lech L’cha… from your birthplace
Arrows from Eretz Yisrael to the south-west and back again is the round trip to & from Egypt

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

In this week’s parsha we are accustomed to the notion that Avraham and Sara are blessed. If only their respective names had been changed we might have said Dayeinu! - That is sufficient! But there is much more. We read, for example, that when Avraham was 99 years old, Hashem promised him that, “I will set my covenant between Me and you and I will increase you exceedingly.”
Indeed, G-d’s promises to Avraham unfold like a beautiful dream. With reference to Yitzchak, Hashem describes the Covenant in flowing terms: “You shall be a father to a multitude of nations… and kings shall descend from you… And I shall give to you and your offspring after you the land of your sojourns - the whole land of Canaan - as an everlasting possession. And I shall be a G-d to them” (see B’reishit 17:1-8).

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"From Machon Puah"

The Importance of a Full Medical History

General Male Health Problems

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Portion of the Portion Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder

1) Why does this week’s Parsha repeat that No’ach had three sons - Shem, Cham, and Yafet (6:10), information which was already in last week’s parsha (5:32)?
2) Why does G-D command No’ach to gather wood FOR YOU (LECHA - 6:14)? Why is the word LECHA necessary?
3) Why does the Torah tell us that Terach died in Charan (11:32)? Why do we have to know where he died?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

This week’s portion begins with the words: Lech L’cha Mei’artzecha… -  Get thee out of thy country…

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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

3rd sedra of 54;
3rd of 12 in B’reishit
Written on 208 lines in a Torah, ranks 23
7 Parshiyot; 3 open, 4 closed

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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…

Last opportunity for Kiddush L’vana this month is Monday, October 29th all night (i.e. until dawn of Tuesday, October 30th)
For people living in Israel: Remember to say V’TEIN TAL UMATAR LIVRACHA in each weekday Amida. Omitting it invalidates the Amida.
Shabbat Parshat Lech L’cha is 11 Marcheshvan, the 3566th yahrzeit of Rachel Imeinu. (And the birthdate of Binyamin, Yedid Hashem)
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Sha. Oct. 27, ‘12 - 11 Marcheshvan 5773
84 years from now, 11 Marcheshvan 5857 will be Shabbat, Oct. 27, 2096.
How long it takes for a Triple Match to occur varies greatly from year to year.