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Issue 1042
Shabbat Parshat Emor
April 25, 2013
Lead Tidbits
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

Emor stats

31st of 54 sedras;
8th of 10 in Vayikra

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Principle of the Excluded Middle

The Sun either contains hydrogen or it doesn’t contain hydrogen. There is no third possibility. As two separate statements, one is true and the other is false. As a single ‘either-or’ statement, it is definitely true. And so it is with all similar pairs of statements (or compound ‘either-or’ statements) where there are only two possibilities and both are presented. One statement is the negation of the other and one is true and one is false.

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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

Parshat Emor relates to the question of K’dusha, generally translated as ‘Holiness’. The term applies to time and space, to appropriate behaviors in the service of Hashem, and even to the type and quality of animals we may offer as sacrifices.

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"From Machon Puah"

Between Conception and Birth

We saw last week the question raised by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l regarding performing a brit mila on Shabbat for a child who was conceived through assisted reproductive tech- niques, either insemination or in-vitro fertilization.

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Portion of the Portion

Desecrating and Sanctifying God's Name

In Vayikra 22:32, G-d warns us against profaning His holy name in any way and encourages us to sanctify His name. Sefer HaMitzvot list these as two separate mitzvot - one a negative commandment not to do anything to give G-d or His Torah a bad name, so to speak, and the second, a positive commandment of Kiddush HaShem, to enhance the reputation of G-d and His Torah.

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Portion of the Portion

Desecrating and Sanctifying God's Name

In Vayikra 22:32, G-d warns us against profaning His holy name in any way and encourages us to sanctify His name. Sefer HaMitzvot list these as two separate mitzvot - one a negative commandment not to do anything to give G-d or His Torah a bad name, so to speak, and the second, a positive commandment of Kiddush HaShem, to enhance the reputation of G-d and His Torah.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - Emor

1) Why does the Torah mention mother before father when instructing a Kohein that he can participate in their burial (21:2) but then switch to father first when commanding the Kohein Gadol that he cannot attend their burials (21:11)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

In this week’s parsha we read (Vayikra 23:2,3): “These are the holidays of G-d which you shall declare as holy - these are my holidays. For six days you shall perform work and on the seventh day Shabbat”...

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Vebbe Rebbe

Birkat Kohanim / Sim Shalom

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

31st of 54 sedras;
8th of 10 in Vayikra

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Word of the Month

The Iyar date no one really mentions… The 20th of Iyar is the date that Bnei Yisrael began their first journey after Matan Torah. They had arrived on the first of Sivan in the year of the Exodus, and following Matan Torah they remained at Har Sinai for almost a full year. The people must have felt very secure at Sinai and apprehensive about beginning their journey towards Eretz Yisrael. Sinai was their Beis Medrash and now - on 20 Iyar - it was time to take what they learned and enter the real world.