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Issue 1038
Shabbat Parshat Vayikra
March 14, 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.

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Sedra Stats

Vayikra Stats

24th of 54 sedras;
1st of 10 in Vayikra

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Lead Tidbit

Group & Personal Shogeg

Let’s define SHOGEG, again (it’s in the Sedra Summary). Let’s use vehicular homicide as a first model to help us understand the different levels of culpability of a person who does an act.

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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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ParshaPix Explanations

Parsha Pix

The cellphone represents the two K’RUVIM on the KAPORET of the ARON, since that is where G-d’s voice to Moshe seemed to emanate from - as in VAYIKRA EL MOSHE…

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

This week’s parsha introduces us to the various offerings that the Kohanim were to treat in the Mishkan, the first of which is the Olah or Elevation Offering.

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"From Machon Puah"

Mother's Blood, Baby's DNA

Last week we discussed the potentially harmful side-affects of stress on pregnancy. In light of this information we asked whether it is advisable to undergo pre-natal testing for genetic abnormalities, especially amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling which are potentially dangerous.

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Portion of the Portion

KORBANOT CLOSENESS

I am no expert on KORBANOT. For most of us, animal sacrifices are very foreign and if we really started thinking about bringing one ourselves, we would probably get a bit squeamish watching the animals being slaughtered and their blood and guts being brought on the altar.

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

There is much discussion concerning the Rambam’s view in Moreh Nevuchim 3:46 that the purpose of the Korbanot was to wean the Jews away from the idolatrous practices that they had been inculcated with in Egypt.

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Vebbe Rebbe

Flying on Yom Tov Sheini

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

24th of 54 sedras;
1st of 10 in Vayikra

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Word of the Month

With the molad of Nissan occurring on Tuesday morning (Rosh Chodesh), add three full days and it brings you to Friday morning. Friday night would be the first op for Kiddush L’vana, except that we don’t say KL on Shabbat or Chag unless it is the last opportunity to do so. Therefore, the first op according to Minhag Yerushalayim is Motza’ei Shabbat Vayikra, Sat. nite, March 16th. First op for the seven-days-after-the-molad opinion is Tuesday night, March 19th. Last op: WED Mar 27, until 12:22am (of Thursday)
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Last week
we mentioned that the reading of Vayakhel-P’kudei plus HaChodesh was the second longest reading (234 p’sukim), second only to Matot-Mes’ei (244).
CADMSB emailed with a correction: He pointed out that Vayakhel -P’kudei can be linked to Para in some years, that reading being 236 p’sukim (because Para is 22 p’sukim to HaChodesh’s 20).
We thank CADMSB for his note, and further pointed out to him - and now to you, dear TTreader - that Matot-Ma’sei can coincide with Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, which moves into first place with the additional seven p’sukim of the Maftir.
To summarize: MM+RCh = 251 p’su. MM = 244. VP+P = 236. VP+H = 234