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Issue 1046
Shabbat Parshat Sh'lach
May 30, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

For the Refu'ah Sh'leimah of Herb Sunshine

The Talmud (B’rachot 26b) says, TEFILOT AVOT TIKNUM - “Prayer was established by the Avot”. The Talmud then uses the following verse (Bereshit 19:27) to prove how Avraham established Prayer: “And Avraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before G-d”.

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Guest Article

The D'var Torah from the first Torah Tidbits From MAYANEHU SHEL TORAH

The ARI z"l says that the mitzva of Bikurim is the Tikun (spiritual repair) for the Sin of the Spies. This can be explained as follows:

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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

Sh'lach stats

37th of the 54 sedras;
4th of 10 in Bamidbar

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Lead Tidbit

Uniting the Twins (again)

G-d took Bnei Yisrael out of Egypt in order to make us a Nation that has twin tasks: To receive the Torah, follow it, live by it… and to enter, conquer, settle and live a life of Torah in Eretz Yisrael.

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Other Tidbits
Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

In this week’s parsha we read of the men of stature sent by Moshe to spy out the Land in anticipation of a military campaign to capture the Canaanite territories. The fact that Hashem consents to this preparatory move by the use of the term, “Shelach Lecha” - ‘Send for yourself’ - implies that this step of the upcoming conquest was not necessary, per se, since, ultimately, Hashem is the “Commander-in-Chief”.

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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"

Fertility Treatments and Circumcision - Rabbi Elyashiv's Opinion

Last week we discussed the late Rabbi Elyashiv’s opinion regarding performing a brit mila for a child who was conceived through fertility treatment and was born on Shabbat. Originally Rabbi Elyashiv was recorded as saying that such a child should not be circumcised on Shabbat, however, later, as fertility treatments became more common, he changed his mind and taught that such a child should be circumcised on Shabbat.

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Portion of the Portion

Does the Land have Tree(s)

When Moshe instructs the men who had been chosen to spy out the land about their mission - he tells them to see what kind of land it was.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - Sh'lach

1) What is the significance of Kalev and Yehoshua reporting that IT IS A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY (14:8) while the other ten spies related A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY IT IS (13:27)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

Of all the 12 spies, only 2 enter Eretz Yisrael. Of all the 600,000 adult Jewish males who left Egypt and witnessed the attendant miracles, only Yehoshua and Calev were privileged to make Aliya. The deleterious message of the 10 spies and its demoralizing influence had deadly consequences.

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Vebbe Rebbe

After-Bracha for Fruit

Question: Does the bracha acharona of Al Ha’eitz include other fruits eaten (not from the seven species)? Is it preferable to recite the b’racha acharona of Al Hamichya / Al Ha’eitz before Borei Nefashot?

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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

37th of the 54 sedras;
4th of 10 in Bamidbar

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Word of the Month

We bench Rosh Chodesh Tamuz, which is Shabbat and Sunday*, June 8,9

ROSH CHODESH TAMUZ YI-HEH B’YOM SHABBAT KODESH UL’MACH’RATO B’YOM RISHON HABA ALEINI V’AL KOL YISRAEL L’TOVA:

* Only situation in which it is correct to say L’MACH’RATO

The molad is Motza’Sh 20h 33m 17p (9:13pm IST)  - Rambam: Sunday 2:611

HAMOLAD YI-HEH B’MOTZAEI SHABBAT HABBA, SHLOSHIM V’SHALOSH DAKOT V’SHIVAA ASAR CHALAKIM ACHAREI SHMONA.