Torah Tidbits

2 September 2014 / 7 Elul 5774
Issue 1029
Shabbat Parshat Bo
January 17, 2013

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 (Va’eira) TTriddles:
[1] In English: tcesni, eniveparg, etartnecnoclliweh
tcesni is insect backwards. In Hebrew, insect is CHARAK. Backwards, it spells KORACH. eniveparg is grapevine backwards. In Hebrew, GEFEN. Backwards, NEFEG. etartnecnoclliweh is he will concentrate (spaces added for readability). In Hebrew, Y’RAKEIZ. Backwards, ZICHRI. They are the three sons of YITZHAR.
[2] Final Jeopardy Answer: Shavuot, Yom Kippur, Purim
What days like Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat are in some way Z’MAN MATAN TORATEINU?
Shavuot, is, of course, the day of revelation at Sinai, the day we received the Torah. However, the LUCHOT that G-d wrote and gave to Moshe Rabeinu to bring down from Har Sinai as the “down payment” for the whole Torah, we smashed by Moshe. It was on Yom Kippur that Moshe again descended the Mountain with the second set of LUCHOT, making Yom Kippur another day of receiving the Torah. Purim gives us the joyous acceptance of the Sinai commitment that was made under coersion - as in G-d lifting the mountain above the heads of the People… The book of D’varim begins on the first of the eleventh month - i.e. Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat, the day that Moshe began his major review of the Torah to the People and in addition to merely reviewing all the mitzot, he also explained the whys and wherefores of a Torah way of life.
[3] Before offering TT to someone, check if it is wanted
Another police 10-code TTriddle. 10-29 means check for wants.
[4] baffle, wamble, h…
Rabbi Yehuda gave us the famous mnemonic for the plagues of Egypt. Since we are dealing with Parshat Va’eira, we are also dealing with the first seven plagues. D’TZACH, ADASH, B’ standing for Blood, Frogs, Lice, Wild animals, Dever (a disease that attacks animals, commonly translated as murrain, defined as Any of various highly infectious diseases of cattle, as anthrax), boils, and the b’ for barad - hail. The English mnemonic might be baffle, wamble (yes, it’s a word - To move in a weaving, wobbling, or rolling manner), and the h’ for hail.
[5] Live arrow like the mouth of a man
Translating into Hebrew we get - CHEITZ CHAI K’FI ISH. Yes, of course it is a nonsense phrase. It’s the letters that spell the words that is of interest for us, and rearranged, as well. CHET, TZADI, CHET, YUD, KAF, PEI, YUD, ALEF, YUD, SHIN. These are the initial letters of the names of Reuven’s four and Shimon’s six named sons in the portion that was basically setting down the lineage of Moshe and Aharon.
How was anyone supposed to solve that one? You might ask. Okay - good point. It happens sometimes. But then there are TTriddles like (1) above, solved neatly and correctly by Beautiful K’tzitza who can claim her CD if she can recognize her name.
[6] Take tea and see! Who & who?
After we did this one, it began to sound familiar, from a bunch of years ago. Maybe. Anyway, the answer is - people who pronounce Hebrew with the Israeli pronunciation and people who use the Ashkenazic pronunciation. Reference to the terms of redemption - specifically, the first and the fith. V’HOTZEITI or V’HOTEISI; V’HEIVEITI or V’HEIVEISI. Take you out of Egypt… Take you into the Promised Land. Take tea & see. Get it?
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For VA’EIRA: What grandfather and grandson lived the same number of years?
Levi’s age is given as 137 years. (So was Yishmael, but he’s not part of this TTriddle.) And Amram, son of K’hat ben Levi - Levi’s grandson, lived for 137 years.
Which women in the Torah are identified as someone’s sister?
In Va’eira, we are told that Aharon married Elisheva bat Aminadav, and that she was the sister of Nachshon. After the Song of the Sea, Miriam is identified as the sister of Aharon. Back in Parshat B’reishit, the Torah says that the sister of Tuval-Kayin was Naama (whom our tradition says was the wife of No’ach). In Tol’dot, Rivka is identified as the sister of Lavan and that Machalat was the sister of N’viyot. In Vayishlach, in Eisav’s family, Timna is referred to as a sister of Lotan.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] We hope that Torah Tidbits Audio is not guilty of this
[2] What month is a good counterpart for this week’s sedra?
[3] She see, oh so sigh
[4] These are highest or lowest what? B’reishit, Vaychi, Sh’mot, Bo, Tzav, Tazri’a… you finish the list.
[5] Were the Egyptians parselmouths?
[6] “New” MazalPic
[7] Ever wonder why we wish you a Good Shabbat in Aramaic?
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For BO:
We know of the association of the number 18 with the mitzva of matza - the 18 minute rule. In what way is the number 21 associated with matza?
Which plague-names from Va’eira are mentioned in Bo?
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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