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Issue 1039
Shabbat Parshat Tzav-Hagadol-Shmini
March 21, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

MORID HATAL & V'TEIN B'RACHA

We stop asking for TAL U’MATAR after Mincha on Erev Pesach.

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Guest Article

Shir HaShirim: The Holiest Book in Tanach? by Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher, Dean of Students, Diaspora Yeshiva

We have a custom to recite Shir HaShirim on the Shabbat during Pesach. Many reasons have been offered to explain why. One is that Pesach takes place in the month of spring, and Shir HaShirim is a song about spring and renewal.

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Guest Article

They are Moshe and Aharon who spoke to Par’o (Sh’mot 6:27) by Dr. Meir Tamari

At the very beginning of Moshe’s historic mission to redeem Israel from slavery and exile, the Torah interrupts the story with a detailed report of his mishpacha-talogy from “Reuven, Shimon, Levi… they are Moshe and A’aron who spoke to Par’o”. This seeming digression is actually fundamental to our understanding of prophecy, while Par’o as a central player in the story is relevant to all our ideological struggles.

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary - Shmini

Kohen - First Aliya 16 p’sukim - 9:1-16
[S> 9:1 (31)] On the 8th day, Aharon was commanded to offer the first set of sacrifices (not counting the korbanot that were brought during the previous preparatory week). Specifically, “personal” korbanot - an EIGEL (calf) as a CHATAT and an AYIL (ram) as an OLAH.

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Sedra Stats

Shmini Stats

26th of 54 sedras; 3rd of 10 in Vayikra
Written on 157.2 lines in a Torah (42nd)

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Pesach Torah & other readings

First Day of Pesach (15 Nissan, Tuesday, March 26th)
First Torah - five people, 31 p’sukim Sh’mot 12:21-51 (from BO)

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya by Aliya Sedra Summary - Tzav

[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

Tzav Stats

25th of 54 sedras;
2nd of 10 in Vayikra

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Lead Tidbit

Applying Seder Lessons

Two personal anecdotes - think about them and you’ll probably come up with your own.
Years ago in my teaching days at YCQ, there was a required teachers’ seminar which included a model lesson from one of the attendees on how to teach a particular subject in social studies. My first reaction was negative. I taught Jewish Studies, math and science - why should I have to sit through a lesson out of my range of topics.

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Other Tidbits
Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

How nice to find a connection with the upcoming holiday of Pesach in our parsha! Indeed, the mention of the additional details of the Mincha offering recalling “Chametz” causes us to take a closer look.

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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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"From Machon Puah"

Medication on Pesach

As we enter Pesach and are concerned with removing every piece of chametz from our homes, the question arises as to whether one can use medication during Pesach. There are various relevant halachic principles connected to this question.

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Portion of the Portion

PESACH AND THE HOME

“Where will you be for the seder?”
“I’m making the seder at home and my married kids are coming with the grandchildren?”

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - Tzav

1) Why does the Torah emphasize that the Olah sacrifice is slaughtered in the same place as the sin offering instead of simply saying that the Olah should be sacrificed in the northern section of the AZARA (6:18)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

With Pesach fast approaching, images of the Exodus fill the mind. Our thoughts and imagination naturally turn to the future redemption as well, for our Rabbis tell us that the redemption from Egypt will serve as the model for the final redemption yet to come. How, then, did the Jews leave Egypt?

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Vebbe Rebbe

Focus Seder Discussions

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

25th of 54 sedras;
2nd of 10 in Vayikra

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26th of 54 sedras; 3rd of 10 in Vayikra
Written on 157.2 lines in a Torah (42nd)

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Word of the Month

Last opportunity for Kiddush L’vana for Nissan: WED Mar 27, until 12:22am (of Thursday). That’s the third night of Pesach - unusual for Kiddush L’vana to go that far into Pesach. 5773 is a CHASEIR year, meaning that we had three months in a row with 29 days each (Marcheshvan, Kislev, and Tevet). The duration from one molad to the next is more than 29 days. So the moladot kept advancing in relation to Rosh Chodesh. With the months now alternating between 29 & 30 days, the molad will stay on or close to R"Ch.
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In 12-month years, TZAV is always Shabbat HaGadol. In 13-month years, it can be Zachor, J’lem Purim, Para (most common), or read alone.
Here’s the other side of the coin - In 12-month years, HAGADOL is always Shabbat Parshat Tzav. In 13-month years, it is most often Shabbat Parshat M’tzora and occasionally on Shabbat Parshat Acharei.