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Issue 1040
Shabbat Parshat Tazri'a-M'tzora
April 17, 2013
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Guest Article

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Son, Asher Shmuel Chaim z"l ben Ephraim V'Tziona

After Aharon’s two sons were struck dead by G-d, the Torah records Aharon’s reaction, in Vayikra 10:3, VAYIDOM AHARON, “And Aaron was silent.”

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Guest Article

12 Months, 12 Tribes, and 12 Zodiac Signs by Dr. Meir Tamari

“There is spiritualty in the time cycle of the year. Shabbat redeems the seichel of mankind since it is a day devoted to Torah and wisdom. The Moadim and Chagim redeem the neshama as they craft the neshama of Israel. Rosh Chodesh redeems the nefesh through its korban; the blood which is the nefesh shall atone for the nefesh of man” (Shem MiShmuel, Haggadah).

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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 the parsha.

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Sedra Stats

Tazri'a-M'tzora stats

Taz M’tz T&M
of 54 sedras in Torah 27th 28th -

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Moadim L’simcha - L’geula Shleima

Greeting: “Happy holiday” - response: “To the Complete Redemption”.
This is the ‘official’ exchange of greetings for Yom HaAtzmaut, as found in Rinat Yisrael and Koren siddurim. Some say both parts as their greeting. Either way, it makes a very important point.

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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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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

Our parshiyot this week dwell on the ancient affliction which befell our ancestors by the name of Tzara’at, often referred to as leprosy. Of course, this is not the case, since the symptoms do not correspond and the Torah’s treatment would be untenable in certain cases, if this was indeed an infectious disease.

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"From Machon Puah"

Fertility Treatment and Brit Mila

As fertility treatment becomes more and more common various questions arise as to the permissibility of treatment and the ramifications of treatment on a whole range of halachic situations. One of these is the question of performing a circumcision on Shabbat for a child conceived through fertility treatment.

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Portion of the Portion

On the Eighth Day...

In last week’s portion, the Torah dealt with TUM’A from animals. In the portion of Tazria it deals with TUM’A that comes from human beings. The first enumerated is TUM’A when a woman gives birth.

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

In Vayikra 14:34 we read: “When you come to the Land of Canaan that I am giving you as an inheritance, and I will place a Tzara’at (affliction) on the house, in the Land of your inheritance”.

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Vebbe Rebbe

Vacuum-pumping Wine...

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

Taz M’tz T&M
of 54 sedras in Torah 27th 28th -

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Word of the Month

Molad of Iyar is Wednesday evening at 7:44pm Israel Summer Time. Three full days later (first opportunity for Kidush L’vana according to Minhag Yerushalayim) is Motza’ei Shabbat (April 13th). Since Shabbat is out at 7:44pm (coincidence), one can say KL immediately after Shabbat.
First op for those who wait for 7 full days after the molad is Wednesday night (April 17th). Those who keep to the full 7 days, should wait until after 7:44pm, even if it seems dark enough a little before then.