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Issue 1032
Shabbat Parshat Yitro
January 31, 2013
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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 it.
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

Yitro Stats

17th of 54 sedras;
5th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Lead Tidbit

The Shabbat Onion

Do you put onions in your Shabbat CHOLENT? Perhaps you should, because SHABBAT is like an ONION. How is Shabbat like an onion, you ask? Here’s how…

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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

How often have we heard generalizations about goyim, inferring that they are our adversaries, that they are out to destroy us, and that intrinsically they are anti-Semites? Clearly, when one attends to the current media coverage of Israel and learns of unending attacks on Jews, especially in Europe, this point of view appears reasonably sound.

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"From Machon Puah"

Fulfilling the Commandment to Have Children

Last week we saw the distinction between having children who will assist the parents as they get older, as opposed to the joy of having children to fulfill the commandment to procreate. Israel Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger brought the Gemara that makes this distinction when he addressed the hundreds of attendees at the recent 13th Annual Puah Rabbinic Conference in Jerusalem.

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Portion of the Portion

Moshe and his Father-in-law

I am a daughter-in-law to my in-laws. I am also a mother-in-law for a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. So in this week’s portion of Yitro in chapter 18 the words, CHOTEIN MOSHE - the father-in-law of Moshe, called out at me. This especially, since I counted 13 times that the word CHOTEN appeared in the first 27 verses of the portion (check if I missed any). That seems a lot of times to mention that Yitro is Moshe’s father-in-law.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder

1) Why does Moshe name his second son, Eliezer because G-D saved him from Par’o, considering the fact that he was saved from Par’o when his first son, Gershom, was born?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

In Sh’mot 19:4 we read: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I carried you on the wings of eagles and how I brought you to myself.”

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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

17th of 54 sedras;
5th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Word of the Month

If we had a Sanhedrin today, next Shabbat (Parshat Mishpatim) being the 29th of the month, the Sanhedrin committee for Kiddush HaChodesh would calculate (as much in advance as it wants), when the actual molad of Adar will
occur. It will be Sunday morning, Feb. 10th, which would tell them that the Moon would not be visible on the night following 29 Sh’vat (Motza"Sh). They would not wait for witnesses on Motza"Sh and Mon. would be declared Rosh Chodesh Adar, with no need of witnesses.