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Issue 1033
Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim
February 07, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

The key to this from time to time feature is GT (gimatriya twins) or GM (gimatriya match) - which mean the same thing. GTs or GMs are words, phrases, or p’sukim that have a common gimatriya. When we find two whole p’sukim with the same numeric value, we try to find a “nice vort” that will include both p’sukim. The vort will work without the GM, but it is nicer when the gimatriyas match.

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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.

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Sedra Stats

Mishpatim Stats

18th of 54 sedras;
6th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Lead Tidbit

Mishpatizing Mitzvot

Mishpatim, statutes (as it is often translated), refers to mitzvot of the Torah whose reasons are readily discernable, mitzvot that make common sense, mitzvot that we and many other societies would come up on our own, had we not been commanded.

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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

There are those who remind us occasionally that we live in a world of falsehood. Understandable, since the very term for this world, Olam, indicates that something, the purest light from the Source, is Ne’elam, hidden from us. However, it is also said that without “darkness” we would never comprehend light.

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"From Machon Puah"

The Value of Life

We continue this week reporting on the lecture given by the Israeli Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger at the recent 13th Annual Puah Rabbinic Conference in Jerusalem. While some say that no blessing should be made at the birth of a child with serious genetic abnormalities and others say that a Shehecheyanu should be combined with the blessing of Dayan HaEmet that is made on hearing bad news, Rabbi Metzger presented that he is of the opinion that the regular Shehecheyanu blessing should be made.

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Portion of the Portion

Maintaining Justice in Law Courts

In 1958, the foundation stone was laid for Israel’s Knesset building in Jerusalem. The Knesset is composed of 120 elected members as the democratic representatives, of the people.  It is named after the same sized Great Assembly (Knesset HaGedola) that served as the rabbinical body during the Second Temple era and was composed exclusively of the most learned sages of that age.

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

ANGELS fill a noticeable role in every day Jewish life. Every Friday night as we return home from shul we sing “Shalom Aleichem” inviting the angels into our abode. Similarly, we teach our little children to sing the words of Yaakov’s blessing to his sons, nightly repeating the beautiful: “Hamalach HaGoel Oti”, “The angel who redeems me from all evil, will bless the lads”... (B’reishit 48:16).

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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

18th of 54 sedras;
6th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Word of the Month

Rosh Chodesh Adar in our fixed calendar, is always 2 days. Regular Adar and both in a Shana M’uberet. This is so because Sh’vat and Adar Alef have 30 days each.

ROSH CHODESH ADAR YI-HEH MACHAR B’YOM RISHON UV’YOM SHENI HABA ALEINI V’AL KOL YISRAEL L’TOVA:

The molad is Su 17h 37m 13p (5:17pm Israel Winter Time) - Sunday 23:679

HAMOLAD YI-HEH MACHAR YOM RISHON, SHLOSHIM VASHEVA DAKOT U’SHLOSHA ASAR CHALAKIM ACHAREI CHAMEISH BAEREV.