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Issue 1055
Shabbat Parshat R'ei
August 01, 2013
Lead Tidbits
Guest Article

Rite and Reason

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Question: What is the reason and the source for the custom among the Ashkenazim to say Mizmor 27, Hashem Ori V’yish’i twice a day from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeret?

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Guest Article

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

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The key word in this week’s parsha is naturally the word that begins the parsha - R’EI. The word means “see!” in the imperative, immediate sense. It is plain to understand that Moshe somehow needs the Jewish people to understand that it is insufficient to understand intellectually or even believe emotionally in God’s role in our lives. One must be able to see it clearly, to identify and quantify it in daily living.

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Guest Article

G-d's Children - Don't act like Shiites!

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“You are Children to G-d, you shall not cut yourselves as a sign of mourning for the dead” (D’varim 14:1).
Being G-d’s Chosen People, His unique treasure in this world, carries with it awesome responsibilities. Since G-d calls us His Children, we are commanded to exercise constraint when mourning for the passing of a loved one. The pagans mutilated their bodies as an expression of grief and mourning. Even today, the Shiites in Iran and Iraq continue this pagan and barbaric ritual at their funerals.

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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

R'ei stats

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47th of the 54 sedras; 4th of 11 in D’varim
257.8 lines in a Torah (rank: 4th)

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Lead Tidbit

Positives & Prohibitions

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Sometimes, a topic that is presented within Torah Tidbits - often in the Sedra Summary - needs to be ‘upgraded’ to Lead Tidbit status to call the attention of the TTreader to it.

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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

Har G’rizim and Har Eival are represented by hills, one of which has a lush tree, the other a barren tree
Negated plus/minus is the prohibition of adding to or subtracting from the Torah - Bal Tosif and Bal Tigra
Negated eraser is the prohibition of erasing any of G-d’s names

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Towards Better Davening and Torah Reading

Different levels of pauses...

Quick, partial review… with an example from Parshat R’ei.
D’varim 12:2 - “You shall completely destroy all the places, where the nations which you shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree;” (Davka)

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Divrei Menachem

Divrei Menachem

One of the enigmatic questions facing most of us is, “Why is there evil in this world?” Of course, one needs to define evil, since societies today clearly have differing opinions on the subject. Perhaps one of the ways of doing this is to define “good” which, from a Torah perspective, has been spelt out to us very clearly. Then “evil” becomes the absence of “good” or worse, is represented by behaviors and circumstances that oppose the word of G-d in this world.

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"From Machon Puah"

Mitochondrial Replacement

A new development that has captured headlines recently is the latest legislation in the UK regarding mitochondrial replacement. A little background is necessary to explain the new British law.

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Portion of the Portion

Be extremely careful not to eat blood

The prohibition of eating blood is mentioned a number of times in the Torah - one of which is in this portion: “Be extremely careful not to eat the blood, since the blood is [associated] with the spiritual nature (soul) , and when you eat flesh, you shall not ingest the spiritual nature (soul) along with it (12:23).

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Parsha Points to Ponder

Parsha Points to Ponder by Rabbi Dov Lipman - Eikev

) Why does the Torah repeat the fact that one can only offer sacrifices in the place which G-D chooses within a few verses of each other - 12:5 and 12:14?
2) Why does the Torah repeat the command to count seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot in the very same verse (16:9)?
3) Why does the Torah mention the word happiness three times regarding the holiday of Sukkot (twice in this week’s parsha - 16:14-15), once regarding shavuot, and not even once regarding Pesach?

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Chizuk and Idud

CHIZUK and IDUD for Olim not yet Olim respectively

In this week’s Parasha, the following verse details the mitzva of the second tithe (ma’aser sheni): “And you shall eat it there before Hashem, your G-d, in the place that He chooses to cause his presence to dwell… so that you will learn to fear Hashem your G-d all the days” (D’varim 14:23).

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Vebbe Rebbe

Garden Parasol on Shabbat

Question: We were told that our new garden parasol, which is opened by levers from a heavy, barely movable pole, can get ruined if left open in the wind. May we open and close it on Shabbat?

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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

47th of the 54 sedras; 4th of 11 in D’varim
257.8 lines in a Torah (rank: 4th)

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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…
Rosh Chodesh Elul will be on TUE and WED, August 6-7. (First KL Minhag Yerushalayim): Motza"Sh Shoftim
ROSH CHODESH ELUL YI-HEH B’YOM SHLISHI UV’YOM RVII HABA ALEINI V’AL KOL YISRAEL L’TOVA:
Molad: TUE 22h 2m 1p (Tue, Aug 6 10:41pm IDT) Rambam Wed. 4:37
HAMOLAD YI-HEH LEIL RVII SHTEI DAKOT V’CHELEK ECHAD ACHAREI ESER BA’LAYLA.
Actual (astronomical) molad: W Aug 7 12:51am IDT