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Issue 1027
Shabbat Parshat Vaychi
December 27, 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.

Kohen - First Aliya 13 p’sukim - 47:28-48:9
[47:28 (4) part of the parsha at the end of Vayigash] The sedra begins with Yaakov at age 147, having been in Mitzrayim for 17 years. (Remember that Yosef was 17 when the trouble started. Interesting, no?)

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Sedra Stats

Vaychi Stats

12th of 54 sedras;
12 of 12 in B’reishit

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Lead Tidbit

As B'reishit Draws to and End...

It’s been twelve weeks since Shabbat B’reishit, the Shabbat after Sukkot & Simchat Torah, when we start the yearly cycle of Torah reading anew. This Shabbat, we conclude the twelfth and final sedra of B’reishit.

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Other Tidbits
TTriddles "Report"

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. In the electronic versions of TT, they are found all together at the end of the ParshaPix-TTriddles section. The best solution set submitted each week (there isn’t always a best) wins a double prize a CD from Noam Productions and/or a gift (game, puzzle, book, etc.) from Big Deal

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

Our story this week is, in essence, the continuing story of the first Jewish exile. We hear the term “exile” and we know that this term augers not well for the Jewish people. Indeed, with Yaakov’s passing from this world in Eretz Mitzrayim, the ugly oppression began to unfold.

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"From Machon Puah"

Uterine Transplants and Relations

In our discussion of uterine transplantation last week we saw the opinion that when the uterus is transplanted from the donor to the recipient it becomes part of the host’s body for the purpose of defining motherhood. Any children born to the recipient after the procedure will be considered her children and have no maternal connection to the donor.
Even though last week we brought a proof of this position, it could be argued that this is intuitive and needs no proof. When the organ is connected it clearly becomes part of the body. However it could be argued that the uterus does not become part of her body and therefore while she is the genetic mother of the child she would not be considered the birth mother.

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Portion of the Portion

Do not bury me in Egypt (America)

Although this week’s portion is titled VAYCHI - he lived - the portion actually recounts both the death of Yaakov (49:33) and Yosef (50:26) as well as a remembrance of Rachel’s death (48:7).

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder

1) Why does the Torah have to identify Yosef as HIS SON when Yaakov calls Yosef to come speak to him about his burial (47:29)?
2) Why does Yaakov emphasize that Yosef’s oath to bury Yaakov in Canaan be an oath TO ME (LI - 47:31)?
3) Why does the Torah report that Yosef, his brothers, and then every one else returned to Egypt after burying Yaakov (50:14) while when they left Egypt to bury Yaakov, the Egyptians who went along went before the brothers (50:7-8)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

Yaakov calls his children together to reveal to them that which will transpire at the “end of days” (B’reishit 49:1). Rashi quotes the Talmud Pesachim 56a - that at that moment Yaakov’s prophetic powers waned as the Shechina had left him. Yaakov feared that this was, perhaps, a result of the fact that one of his offspring had strayed from the true path. Just as Avraham had witnessed a similar occurrence with Yishmael, and Yitzchak with his son Eisav, Yaakov thought that one of his own sons was no longer worthy of continuing the family tradition. Sensing this, Yaakov’s sons proclaimed in unison, “Shema Yisrael” - “Listen our Father Israel, just as you believe in one G-d, so too, is our belief as well”.

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Vebbe Rebbe

Vebbe Rebbe

The Orthodox Union - via its website - fields questions of all types in areas of kashrut, Jewish law and values. Some of them are answered by Eretz Hemdah, the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, headed by Rav Yosef Carmel and Rav Moshe Ehrenreich, founded by HaRav Shaul Yisraeli zt"l, to prepare rabbanim and dayanim to serve the National Religious community in Israel and abroad. Ask the Rabbi is a joint venture of the OU, Yerushalayim Network, Eretz Hemdah… and the Israel Center. The following is a Q&A from Eretz Hemdah…

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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

12th of 54 sedras;
12 of 12 in B’reishit

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Word of the Month

REMINDER: Last op for KL this month is all night THU, Dec 27th (until dawn of Friday, the 28th).
17 Tevet: 208th yahrzeit of R’ Yaakov b. Zev Kranz, the Dubner Magid. Asked how he came up with such perfect parables, he said: Once I was walking in the forest, and saw tree after tree with a target drawn on it, and at the center of each target an arrow. I then came upon a little boy with a bow in his hand. “Are you the one who shot all these arrows”, I asked. “Yes!” he replied. “Then how did you always hit the center of the target?” I asked. “Simple”, said the boy, “first I shoot the arrow, then I draw the target”.