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24 July 2014 / 26 Tammuz 5774

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Issue 1054
Shabbat Parshat Eikev
July 25, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

Rite and Reason

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Question: Why did our Sages use the words BOREI PRI HAADAMA (Who created the fruit of the earth) and not BOREI PRI HA-ARETZ (Who created the fruit of the land) just as the blessing on bread is HAMOTZI LECHEM MIN HAARETZ?

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Guest Article

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

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One of the most famous and quoted passages of the Torah appears in this week’s parsha - “man does not live by bread alone.” This phrase has entered general literature in all of its forms but it certainly has not entered human life in much reality.
Many if not most people still believe that man does live by bread alone and that the life of spirit is nice but it is not really part of this world and our basic existence.

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Guest Article

A Portal to a Perfect World

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The Talmud (Shabbat 154) states, “Torah scholars grow wiser as they grow older, but boors become more foolish as they age.”
We all see the same world, but how we interpret the events that we see varies greatly. King Solomon says (Mishlei 2:14), “The eyes of a wise person are in his head.” How shall this verse be understood? Aren’t everyone’s eyes in one’s head? The explanation is that the head in this verse refers to the intellect. A wise person processes the events that he sees through the intellect. A fool does not give proper thought to what he sees and thus comes to erroneous conclusions.

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Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

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The mitzva of Birkat HaMazon is presented in the pasuk we actually quote in Birkat HaMazon’s second bracha: “when you will eat, and be satsified, then you shall bless Hashem, your G-d for the good land which He has given you” (D’varim 8:10).

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Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary

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[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

Eikev stats

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46th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 11 in D’varim

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Lead Tidbit

Torah & Eretz Yisrael (again)

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The entire commandment that I command you today you shall observe to perform, so that you may live and increase, and come and possess the Land that HaShem swore to your forefathers. (D’varim 8:1 - The ArtScroll-Stone Chumash translation)

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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

Dvarim 8:8 describes Eretz Yisrael and presents us with the famous list of the Seven Species:
Wheat in the upper left;
barley between grenade and elephant; Grapes; Pomegranate is the hand grenade, known as a RIMON in Hebrew. There is also the logo of RIMON internet; The olive is in the martini glass; That’s a date (the 31st) on the calendar;
And the fig is represented by FIGaro, Gepetto’s pet cat, in the lower-right corner

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Towards Better Davening and Torah Reading

Fine-tuning accents

Fine-tuning accents

Revisiting an old topic… in honor of one of Eikev’s mitzvot, viz. BIRKAT HAMAZON (a.k.a. Benching)
The pasuk that commands us to bench is D’varim 8:10. It is quoted in the end of the second bracha of the benching. Its opening words are
V’A’CHALTA V’SAVATA U’VEI’RACHTA

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

Parshat Ekeiv sees Moshe imploring the people to trust Hashem, as they prepare to enter Eretz Yisra’el. Much of what he says resonates with us even now. Take, for example, the declaration, “Hear Israel, today you cross the Yarden… to drive out nations mightier than you.

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"From Machon Puah"

Medical Malpractice

This week we continue with some of the answers that we received in the Puah Institute from Rabbi Neurwirth.

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Portion of the Portion

Don't Be Afraid

We have recently heard about numerous episodes of Arab terrorism in Jerusalem. Just last week on Tish’a b’Av, a hareidi man was stabbed by two Arabs near the Damascus gate and nearly died.  Since that is the way my son walks to the Old City, you could imagine that I began to worry.

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder by Rabbi Dov Lipman - Eikev

1) Why does Moshe emphasize that the tablets with the Ten Commandments were made of stone (9:9)?
2) Why does Moshe say AND NOW when telling the people that all G-D asks of them is to fear Him (10:12)?
3) Why does the Torah teach that we will receive the reward of living in the land of Israel after teaching the mitzva of mezuza and not place that reward first and then command that we include that reward as part of what we write in the mezuza (11:20-21)?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

In the year 1267, the Ramban arrived in the Holy Land and penned this description in a letter he sent to his son: “What can I say about the Land…. many are its forsaken sites, and great its destruction. The more sacred the place the greater its desecration - Jerusalem is the most desolate of all.”

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Vebbe Rebbe

Returning a Stew to the Fire

Question: I have intended to follow the rules in Sh’mirat Shabbat K’hilchata (1:18) for returning a pot to the flame. However, I noticed that he writes that the requirement that the all the food is fully cooked applies even to the bones. I cook stew on a low flame for hours before Shabbat, have some at night, and return the rest for the day meal. I think that the bones that I eat are cooked by the night but that there are other bones that become fully cooked only overnight. Must I stop returning the pot under these conditions?

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Sedra Stats

46th of the 54 sedras;
3rd of 11 in D’varim

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