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Issue 1028
Shabbat Parshat Sh'mot
January 03, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

Why G-d Chose Moshe as Redeemer and Giver of the Torah by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students, Diaspora Yeshiva

Why did G-d first reveal himself to Moshe in a burning thorn bush? The Midrash explains this as a symbolic theme and prophetic vision for the future destiny of the Jewish People.

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Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

VAYAMT YOSEF V’CHOL ECHAV V’CHOL HADOR HAHU:
Yosef and all his brothers and that whole generation died. Sounds kind of final. End. Done.
But that’s not how it works with Jews in general and righteous people in particular. We believe in a World to Come. We believe in an eternal life for the soul. We believe that righteous people live on in their offspring, in the memories of those who follow them.
Yosef and his brothers live on!

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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.

Kohen - First Aliya 17 p’sukim - 1:1-17
[P> 1:1 (7)] Sh’mot begins with the conjunctive VAV to link the birth of the Jewish Nation to the foundation laid by the Patriarchs and “Sh’vatim” in B’reishit. The sons of Yaakov are lovingly enumerated again. The starting number of “70” is repeated to impress upon us the tremendous growth of the people even (or especially) under Egyptian oppression, as described in the p’sukim.

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Sedra Stats

Vaychi Stats

13th of the 54 sedras;
1st of 11 in Sh’mot

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Lead Tidbit

From Family to Nation

That’s another way to say, From B’reishit to Sh’mot. Because that’s what happened. B’reishit started with the Creation of the World, the unfortunate degeneration of the generations (pun intended, morbid as it is) from Adam until No’ach. The bright spot that was No’ach. The devastation of the MABUL. The further degeneration that followed through the subsequent generations until Avraham Avinu.

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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

This week we read about the terrible decree imposed by the king of Egypt (Mitzrayim) on the Hebrew midwives Shifra and Pu’ah - that if on the birth stool they would see a son (ben), they were to kill him, and if a daughter (bat), they were to let her live (cf. Shmot 1:15-16).

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"From Machon Puah"

Uterine Transplants - The Question of the Firstborn?

When the issue of possible uterine transplants was first discussed by the halachic authorities over a century ago, one of the questions was, Is a child born after this procedure considered a firstborn or not. One of the ramifications of this question is that the first male child born needs to undergo a pidyon haben, during which he is redeemed from a kohen.

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Portion of the Portion

Two fathers and two mothers compared to three mothers

This week my daughter showed me an article in Mishpacha magazine titled, “What a Lucky Boy” by C. Saphir. This is a section of the magazine where people e-ail in their own personal story and it is retold with the details changed for confidentiality. My daughter found this story to be very sad. A second grade boy is describing his life during the Succot holiday.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder

1) The Torah relates that Moshe’s mother SAW HIM THAT HE WAS GOOD AND SHE HID HIM FOR THREE MONTHS (2:2). How can a mother decide to hide her son because she saw THAT HE WAS GOOD? If he wasn’t good would she not have hid him?
2) What did Moshe mean when he told God that he was both HEAVY OF MOUTH AND HEAVY OF SPEECH (4:10)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

One of the Torah’s most enigmatic episodes appears in this week’s sedra. Moshe is sent by the Almighty to redeem the Jewish People. However, as Moshe makes his way back from Midyan to Egypt, the Almighty attempts to kill him. The Torah dryly depicts the strange scene wherein Moshe’s wife, Zippora, cuts the foreskin of her son and in so doing saves her husband’s life (Sh’mot 4:24-25).

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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

13th of the 54 sedras;
1st of 11 in Sh’mot

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Word of the Month

Marcheshvan, Kislev, and Tevet this year, all are 29 days long. The upcoming Sh’vat has 30. Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat is on Shabbat Parshat Va’eira, Jan. 12th

ROSH CHODESH SHVAT YI-HEH B’YOM SHABBAT KODESH HABA ALEINI V’AL KOL YISRAEL L’TOVA:

The molad is Shabbat (Va’eira) early morning, 4h 53m 12p (4:33am Isr) • Shabbat 10:966

HAMOLAD YI-HEH SHABBAT KODESH, CHAMISHIM V’SHALOSH DAKOT U’SHNEIM ASAR CHALAKIM ACHAREI ARBA BABOKER.

Actual/astronomical molad: Fri. Jan. 11th, 9:44pm - almost 7 hours before the announced molad