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22 July 2014 / 24 Tammuz 5774

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Issue 1035
Shabbat Parshat T'tzaveh
February 21, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

PURIM - No Pain No Gain by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher - Dean of Students, Diaspora Yeshiva

During the festival of Purim we recite the Al HaNisim prayer. The prayer reads, “and for the miracles and for the salvations and for the mighty deeds and for the victories and for the wonders and for the consolations and for the battles which You performed for our ancestors in those days, at this time.

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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

T'tzaveh Stats

20th of 54 sedras;
8th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Lead Tidbit

The Contrast of the Eight

The pre-Purim weekly sedra is not always T’tzaveh. And Purim does not always follow Shabbat so immediately. But it does this year and it brings an observation to mind - because of how close T’tzaveh and Purim are.

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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

When we read the weekly Torah portion we often search the rich text to find a message that has a universal and sustaining character to light up our Shabbat table and to uplift our souls. Perhaps the opening sentence of parshat T’tzaveh meets these conditions perfectly.

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"From Machon Puah"

Genetic Diversity

In the recent successful Puah Annual Rabbinic Conference in Jerusalem, Professor Zvi Borochowitz from the Center for Human Genetics in the Technion, Haifa and Bnei Zion Hospital, spoke about genetic testing, especially those tests that can be performed during pregnancy.

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Portion of the Portion

Shabbat Zachor

Remember Amalek and Protect the Weak and Defenseless

In Judaism, there are many times throughout the year when we are instructed to remember something. For example we must remember the Exodus from Egypt every day, on Sabbath we also remember that G-d created the universe and on Chanuka that He saved us from Hellenism.

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

Aharon and Moshe are not only brothers, they are the archetypical representatives of two different ways of serving Hashem. Aharon is referred to as Aharon HaKohen while Moshe is revered as Moshe Rabeinu. One is a priest, a Kohen, the other a prophet, a Navi. One ministers to the people, the other offers them a spiritual vision. Aharon meticulously safeguards the ritual rules, while Moshe teaches the people, at times sharply admonishing them.

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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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Candle Lighting and Havdala

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Sedra Stats

20th of 54 sedras;
8th of 11 in Sh’mot

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Word of the Month

The Cloud Factor. When the Moon is covered by clouds - even if it is hazily visible through them, KL shouldn’t be said. (There are situations of light cover that a Rav should be asked if KL could be said.) Many people missed KL this past Motza"Sh because of cloudy conditions right after Maariv. If you haven’t said KL yet for Adar, the last op is Sunday night (Megila night in J’lem). Since one can say KL all that night, Megila should come first (even though TADIR might suggest otherwise). EIN MAAVIRIN wins.