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Issue 1052
Shabbat Parshat D'varim
July 11, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

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

The parsha of D’varim traditionally precedes the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, Tish’a b’Av. There are many connections between the parsha and the fast day but I feel that the main connection lies perhaps in the word D’VARIM itself.

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Guest Article

In Loving Memory of Asher Shmuel Chaim ben Tziona v'Ephraim z"l

Mourning in Judaism comes in two forms: National and Personal. Each ‘learns’ things from the other. During this period of National Mourning, my thoughts naturally go to the personal side as well.

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Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

When the People of Israel were in Egypt, the Torah tells us that they proliferated greatly, corresponding to the severity of the oppression to which they were subjected.

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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

D'varim stats

44th of the 54 sedras;
first of 11 in D’varim

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Lead Tidbit

Helping Mashiach

Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot, Purim and Chanuka are here to stay. Each of those holidays will continue - with modification of davening and probably some customs - during the Messianic Era, during the time of the Mashiach.

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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

Speech-bubble at the top of the ParshaPix contains the main elements of what Moshe said to the People
He told them about the travels from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael and what happened during those travels, of the victories of the People in several battles they fought (that’s the V for victory hand signal), and about Torah and Mitzvot that are the essence of Jewish Life

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

We are inclined to note that Parshat D’varim occurs each year on the Shabbat preceding Tish’a b’Av. One clue concerning the connection between the parsha and this prominent fast day can be found in Moshe’s address to the people whereby he records some of the people’s more pressing moments - pressing moments that became depressing moments.

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"From Machon Puah"

Tribute to Rabbi Neuwirth zt”l

Recently Jerusalem and the entire Jewish world mourned the passing away of the Torah scholar Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth zt"l, who is most famously known as the author of the seminal work on Shabbat “Sh’mirat Shabbat K’Hil- chatah”. Almost every Jewish home that wants to observe Shabbat properly owns a copy of the meticulously arranged and readable book that covers many aspects of keeping Shabbat in the modern world.

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Portion of the Portion

Appreciating what we are mourning for

For the past three weeks I have been entertaining my nieces, aged 12 and 14 who came to visit, without their parents, from Los Angeles. We have done so many exciting things - such as the Kotel, rock climbing, baking, the beach…

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder - D'varim

1) Why does Moshe first quote as saying the Jews should look and see that He gave them THE LAND and then say implore the people to go and inherit THE LAND (1:8)? Why does he repeat THE LAND?
2) Why does Moshe mention his punishment of not being allowed to enter Israel in the midst of describing what happened to the spies (1:37)?
3) Why is the desert referred to as MIDBAR K’DEIMOT which means THE EARLIER DESERT (2:26)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

Before we came on Aliya, my children attended a yeshiva in New York where the school’s attitude towards Israel was at best one of ‘benign neglect’. I can remember taking my son out of class so that he could hear the then president of the State of Israel as he spoke to students and faculty at YU. When my son re-entered his classroom, his Rebbe mockingly asked: “Nu, what Chidushei Torah did you hear today”.

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Vebbe Rebbe

A Buyer's Mistake...

Question: While pricing computers, a proprietor promised me he would beat any price I found. I told him a cheap quote I had received and he agreed to beat it. When I checked that quote, I realized it was for a cheaper computer. Do I need to tell the proprietor my mistake or can I go with the agreed price?

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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

44th of the 54 sedras;
first of 11 in D’varim

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Word of the Month

With the molad on Rosh Chodesh morning, the first opportunity for Kiddush L’vana according to Minhag Yerushalayim is Thursday night, July 11th, the eve of the 5th of Av. Many (most?) shul and individuals wait for Motza’ei Tish’a b’Av for Kiddush L’vana. Minhag Yerushalayim is NOT to delay, even for Motza’eis Yom Kippur, Shavuot, and Tish’a b’Av - the common times that most communities say KL. When KL is said after Tish’a b’Av, it is preferable (if practical) to break the fast first.