Torah Tidbits

21 April 2014 / 21 Nisan 5774
Issue 1023
Shabbat Parshat Vayishlach
November 29, 2012

TTriddles "Report"


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

Previous (Vayeitzei) TTriddles:
[1] 20, 21, 12, 10, 4, 14, 3, 1, 10, 7, 4, 10, (2)
Take the Alef-Bet and use MISPAR SIDURI rather than Gimatriya. That means that ALEF-YUD are the same 1-10, but KAF is 11, LAMED is 12… TAV is 22. This TTriddle, then, gives you the initials of the children of Yaakov. The 20th letter of the Alef-Bet is REISH, for REUVEN. 21 is for SHIMON, 12 is for LEVI, and so on. The last three are 4 for DINA, 10 for YOSEF, and 2 for BINYAMIN. He’s in parentheses because he wasn’t born yet in Vayeitzei.
[2] They all have sequential TZ numbers, except for?
TZ is TEUDAT ZEIHUT, Israeli Identity Card. This TTriddle came from a personal experience with my family. We came on Aliya in September ‘81 - five of us, including my m-i-l. We all have sequential ID numbers. Only our Sabra, our blue & white daughter has a completely unrelated TZ number. So too for Rachel, Leah, Bilha, Zilpa, the first 11 sons and Dina. Only Binyamin (an Yaakov, come to think of it), would have a different TZ number when he was born. DN pegged this one right on the nose - exactly the way it was intended to be answered.
[3] Disregard this TTriddle
But don’t really disregard it. 10-22 in Police Ten-codes means disregard.
[4] Love in eternity of the faith
Love is the tennis term for zero points. Hence, in this TTriddle it means “no mitzvot”. Eternity = NETZACH = 50+90+8 = 148, the number of p’sukim in Vayeitzei. The faith is HA-EMUNA = 5+1+40+6+50+ 5 = 107, the gimatriya of VAYEITZEI. The TTriddle translates to No mitzvot in the 148 p’sukim of Vayeitzei.
[5] He’s a match for the snow
Another gimatriya TTriddle. The snow is HASHELEG = 5+300+30+3 = 338. Now we need to find someone in Parshat Vayeitzei who matches a gimatriya of 338. And the winner is: LAVAN HAARAMI = 30+2+50 (82) + 5+1+200+40+10 (256) = 338. MM submitted a respectable sol’n set. Although he didn’t get this gimatriya one, he did take the obvious route of Lavan being white, as is snow, and made the simpler match that way.
[6] Hens, sheep, deep water
A hen is not just a female chicken, but the female of many different birds, including some other kosher ones, and including some that one would come across in the wild. The mitzva of Shilu’ach HaKen applies when one finds the mother bird ROVETZET (sitting) on her eggs or fledglings. In Vayeitzei, we find the word ROVTZIM, referring to the sheep of three flocks that Yaakov found sitting (or lying around) near the well with the big rock over it. In Moshe’s bracha to Yosef (and Yaakov’s too), the term ROVETZET TACHAT might be referring to deep waters that lie beneath. And we should have added Yissachar’s donkey, while we were at it.
[7] All: 674/54 - This: 1/1
In all of the Torah there are 674 parshiyot in the 54 sedras. This sedra - Vayeitzei - is one parsha in one sedra.
[8] The Look & Listen Lads
The origin of the name REUVEN is SEE, a son. SHIMON was named such because “G-d heard that I was hated…” This makes Reuven and Shimon the Look and Listen Lads.
[9] The two women with double complimentary descriptions
RACHEL IMEINU is described in the Torah as Y’FAT TO’AR VIFAT MAR-EH. Most often, we find with TO’AR or MAR-EH in the description of a beautiful person. ESTHER is described with both - Y’FAT TO’AR V’TOVAT MAR-EH.
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KIPA for the origin of kipa - and Yaakov went out… would he go out without a kipa? Ball for Machanayim
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
Whose names have two reasons for them? Whose name has no reason given?
When Leah gave birth to her sixth son, she said, ‘God has given me a wonderful gift (zeved)... Now let my husband make his permanent home (zevul) with me.’ Two meanings to the name ZEVULUN.
When Rachel named YOSEF, she said: Now G-d has gathered away (ASAF) my humiliation… and the second meaning of the name is when she asked G-d to add (YOSEF) to her another son.
DINA received a name without a meaning given.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] Yaakov was alone, but then the ISH arrived at the scene
[2] Yaakov and Yeshayahu asked it once each; David HaMelech asked it 19 times!
[3] The messengers asked if Gad was at home
[4] And camels make it 9 in a row
[5] Eisav asked, “Who are these?” Who else asked the same?
[6] for in Braille, Krillin, and what?
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
Jews have a reputation for answering a question with a question. Who did that in the sedra?
Whose names in the sedra are the names of animals? Who else in the Torah? Who else in the rest of Tanach?
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers
Math Question in honor of TT #1023.
What do 30, 42, 66, 357, 897, 1045, and 1102 have in common with 1023?


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