Torah Tidbits

2 September 2014 / 7 Elul 5774
Issue 1048
Shabbat Parshat Chukat
June 13, 2013

Sedra Stats

Chukat stats

39th of 54 sedras; 6th of 10 in Bamidbar
Written on 159.2 lines in a Torah (rank: 39)
10 Parshiyot; 6 open, 4 closed
87 p’sukim; rank: 43; smallest in Bamidbar
1245 words; rank: 40; smallest in Bamid.
4670 letters; rank 41; smallest in Bamidbar
Fewer p’sukim than Sh’mini, more words, same number of letters. Chukat is a bit longer.

3 mitzvot of 613; all positive.
Only 6 sedras have only positive mitzvot: B’reishit and Lech Lecha with 1 each, Metzora with 11, Chukat with 3, Pinchas with 6, and Vayeilech with 2. That’s it.
Again, to show the very uneven distribution of mitzvot in the Torah: Chukat has 3 (so do two other sedras). 26 sedras have more than Chukat; 25 sedras have fewer mitzvot. 3 is way below average (which is 11.4 mitzvot per sedra), but it is the median number of mitzvot in a sedra. 17 sedras have no mitzvot. The top 17 have 530.

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