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Issue 1050
Shabbat Parshat Pinchas
June 27, 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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Guest Article

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

Pinchas is not an overly popular figure in Jewish life and among his own generation. The people of Israel were angered by his act of violence in killing the head of the tribe of Shimon without giving the matter due judicial process. It is because of this type of murmuring that the Lord Himself, so to speak, blesses Pinchas personally and grants him the gift of priesthood and of peace.

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Guest Article

Can we imagine what it was like when Jerusalem and the Beit HaMikdash were destroyed?

Can we imagine what it was like when Jerusalem and the Beit HaMikdash were destroyed? Can we picture the devastation, the carnage and the slaughter? It was the original Holocaust. As the surviving, starving captives were being marched off to Babylon, they must have felt that G-d had abandoned them. They must have thought that G-d doesn’t care about us anymore.

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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

Pinchas stats

41st of the 54 sedras;
8th of 10 in Bamidbar

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Lead Tidbit

Olat Tamid ... at Har Sinai

The verse alluded to in the title of this Lead Tidbit (Bamidbar 28:6) is comparing the Daily Sacrifices (T’MIDIM) to the offerings at Mt. Sinai (either before Matan Torah or during the inauguration of the Mishkan).

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Other Tidbits
TTriddles "Report"

TTriddles

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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ParshaPix Explanations

Parsha Pix

Towards the upper-right corner - contradictory symbol of war (the spear) and peace (the dove with olive branch. Pinchas’ act of “violence” was rewarded by the Covenant of Peace. It works this way sometimes.

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

Today it is “in” to be politically correct. And common sense seems to be the operative mode when it comes to the thorny issue of making peace with our adversaries. For who doesn’t want peace?

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Towards Better Davening and Torah Reading

Towards Better Davening and Torah Reading

In the name R’UVEIN, we hear the REISH with the SH’VA and the ALEF with the SHURUK. But in (HA)RUVEINI, the SH’VA drops out and the REISH takes the SHURUK leaving the ALEF with no part in the pronunciation of the name.

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"From Machon Puah"

Watching the Developing Embryos

Last week we saw some of the advantages of the new technology of time-lapse imaging in which instead of checking the developing embryos under the microscope, the fertilized eggs are placed on individual trays inside a special incubator and digital pictures are taken every few minutes that show great detail of embryonic development.

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Portion of the Portion

Not like sheep without a shepherd

In the portion of Chukat we are told of the deaths of Aharon and Miriam. In this week’s portion we read about the preparation for Moshe’s demise. G-d tells him to climb up to the Avarim Mountain, from where he can see the land that will be given to the Israelites. He is told that after he sees the land he will die just as Aharon his brother did (27:12-14).

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - Pinchas

1) Why does G-D command Moshe to specifically SAY that He is giving Pinchas a covenant of peace (25:12)?
2) How was remaining Kohanim forever a reward that was measure for measure for Pinchas (25:12)?
3) The Torah mentions the names of the tribes with the letter HEI before the family names and the YUD at the end of the name when describing the census (example 26:5 - HACHANOCHI). Rashi teaches that this is done to put G-D’s name (YUD and HEI is a name of G-D) into their family names to testify that they did not intermarry in Egypt.  Why was this done for this census and not the ones closer to the exodus?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

During a stopover at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, I looked for a place to daven. The only prayer room the airport had to offer was a mosque. Should I daven there?

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Vebbe Rebbe

HaGomel After Birth

Question: My wife gave birth this winter and has not yet recited Birkat HaGomel. Can she still do so?

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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

41st of the 54 sedras;
8th of 10 in Bamidbar

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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…

Ashkenazim do not take haircuts or shave during the Three Weeks. S’faradim (Eidot Mizrach) do, until the week in which Tish’a b’Av falls or some begin restrictions with Rosh Chodesh Av. An Ashkenazi barber can give haircuts to a S’faradi during their permitted time. An Ashkenazi who is invited to a S’faradi wedding (from now until Rosh Chodesh Av) is allowed to participate in the singing and dancing. Jumping right along… cutting fingernails is permitted except during the week in which 9Av occurs. from Aveilut Hachurban