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Issue 1045
Shabbat Parshat B'haalot'cha
May 23, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

From the pen of Rabbi Berel Wein - Reprinted from Shabbat Shalom #4 with permission

Lighting the Menorah in the Mikdash seems to be a very straight forward, cut and dried matter. One seems to need little skill or training to light a candelabrum. Yet the Torah’s emphasis in this week’s parsha insures that a deeper meaning is also present to this seemingly mundane and simple act.

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Guest Article

When is a quail not a quail?

There are several species of birds that are called Quail. They roughly fit into two types:
Old World Quail and New World Q.

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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

B'haalot'cha stats

36th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 10 in B’midbar

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Lead Tidbit

You know I don't work like that!

There’s an old Bill Cosby comedy routine from his stand-up days, known as Noah and the Lord. In it, Cosby - speaking both as the Lord and Noah - presents a humorous version of the conversation between G-d and No’ach concerning the building of the Ark and the task of collecting pairs of all the animals.

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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

B’ha’alot’ha introduces a rather disappointing and disconcerting aspect of life in the desert for Bnei Yisrael. Perhaps discouraged by their past experiences and the probable dangers in store for them, the people began to complain bitterly. This is human nature for, as those who have studied psychology understand, there is a hierarchy of human needs, and when people go hungry, many strident values can be thrown to the wind.

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"From Machon Puah"

Fertility Treatments and Circumcision - Rabbi Elyashiv's Opinion

Over the past few weeks we have seen the various opinions regarding performing a Shabbat circumcision for a child born after fertility treatments. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach wrote that it could be problematic since the conception is considered “miraculous” and I heard that he actually instructed couples who asked him, not to perform the brit on Shabbat.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - B'haalot'cha

1) Why does the Torah use the word, VAYHI, in the singular when describing the people who were impure and could not offer the Pesach offering (9:6)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

“When you go to war in your land against an aggressor who attacks you, you shall sound… the trumpets that you may be remembered before HaShem your God and be delivered from your enemies” (Bamidbar 10:9).

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Vebbe Rebbe

A Split Minyan...

Question: In small shuls and “shiva houses”, where there is an overflow to an adjacent room, do there have to be ten men in one room? Someone claimed that if everyone is under one roof, there are no questions.

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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

36th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 10 in B’midbar

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Word of the Month

Last op for KL, all night THU.
On the 20th of Sivan, over 50 Jewish men and women were burned at the stake in Blois France, 1171, as a result of the first ritual-murder trial in Europe. Rabbeinu Tam declared a fast day to mark the event. The day was confirmed as a fast day centuries later, in Poland, following the murder of thousands of Jews during the Chmielnicki massacres, 1648 (TAT V’TAT). On 20 Sivan 5742, the costliest battle of the Lebanon War, the battle of Sultan Yakub, with 30 IDF dead and 3 longterm MIA.