Torah Tidbits

16 April 2014 / 16 Nisan 5774
Issue 1033
Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim
February 07, 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 (Yitro) TTriddles:
[1] 1 + 10 + 20 + 100 = 4000
This TTriddle is based on the different sized units of Israelites based on Yitro’s suggestion. If we take one group of 1000, we have 1000 people - obviously. Add ten groups of 100 - that’s another 1000 people. So too, 20 groups of fifty and 100 groups of ten. This gives a total of 4000 people.
[2] work, eat, collect, create
Different things that happen(ed) in six days. Six days you shall work… six days you shall eat matza (the other times, the Torah says seven days, but once it says six). Six days you shall collect the manna… In six days, G-d created the world. And let’s add: Win a War (‘67).
[3] Fly in the wine of Rehovot
Fly = Z’VUV = 7+2+6+2 = 17, as in mitzvot in Parshat Yitro. the wine = HAYAYIN = 5+10+10+50 = 75, as in the number of p’sukim in Yitro. Rehovot (spelled with only one VAV) = 200+8+2+ 6+400 = 616, as in the gimatriya of YITRO.
[4] Describes Paladin (and others)
Paladin is the main character of HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL. He’s a man with a gun. So were many other characters on the Westerns that some of us grew up with. 10-32 is Police Ten Code for Man with a gun.
[5] Did he horripilate with joy?
This TTriddle comes from the unusual word describing Yitro’s reaction to Moshe’s telling him of all that has happened to Bnei Yisrael… VAYICHAD YITRO… Rashi first says that the words mean And Yitro rejoiced. This Rashi says is the P’SHAT (plain meaning). He then adds, based on Midrash Agada, that Yitro’s skin erupted with goose bumps in mortification for what happened to Egypt. He was happy for the good things that happened to Bnei Yisrael, but was upset with the destruction of Egypt. This, says the Torah Temima (the original TT) can be seen in the p’sukim. Moshe told Yitro both sides of the Exodus experience (the good for us and the bad for Mitzrayim) and Yitro rejoiced for the good that happened to Israel. The negative to Egypt is not mentioned. So VAYICHAD can mean rejoiced - same root as the word CHEDVA. And the CHADUDIM CHADU- DIM, the goose bumps, can be from joy or trepidation. Oh, yeah, the TTriddle. The word horripilation means The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps. BTW, DavkaWriter just came out with the entire Torah Temima which can be added to its text library. Which I just acquired, downloaded, and used for the first time for this TTriddle. To remind you, DavkaWriter is what we use to produce Torah Tidbits. It is a great word processor - excellent for Hebrew and English, with an extensive and growing text library. And it gets better and better. Highly recommended.
[6] cutis anserina
This is the scientific name for goose bumps, goose flesh, goose pimples - or whatever you call them. See [5] above. BTW, the origin of the common terms is based upon the look of the skin of a goose after a feather is plucked. Several languages use the goose in their terms. Some languages us chicken skin. Hebrew calls it OR BARVAZ, duck skin. Many other mammals get goose bumps, most prominently, the porcupine.
[7] The shoe without laces pasuk
A shoe without laces is called (at least, used to be called) a loafer. Render that into TTriddlese and you get LO four, meaning a pasuk that has the word LO four times. That pasuk is Sh’mot 20:13, which contains the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th Commandments, each of which begins with the word LO.
[8] NHL Detroit’s starting line-up
The Detroit National Hockey League team is the Redwings. A starting line-up in hockey consists of 6 players. In this case, that would be 6 redwings, or 6 wings, for short. The angels described in the haftara of Yitro have 6 wings.
[#] Ever wonder why we wish you a Good Shabbat specifically in Aramaic on the front page of TT?
We’re still asking that question. and waiting for someone to take the challenge.
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Yitro:
Without looking into a Chumash or any other source, can you name all the sedras that are named after people?
No’ach, Chayei Sara, Yitro, Korach, Balak, Pinchas.
Name the two brothers-in-law of Moshe for whom we know names.
Moshe’s sister Miriam was married to Kalev ben Yefuneh. That makes Kalev his brother-in-law. One of Moshe’s wife’s (Tzipora) sisters was married to Eliezer, son of Aharon and nephew of Moshe. This makes Eliezer Moshe’s brother-in-law, too.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] The star of the prophets of cakes
[2] The war and fire connection
[3] Appearance of His glory and His tongue
[4] The extra cube covers 2 cases
[5] Quinque-lost definite article
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
In what contexts in the sedra are the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 30 mentioned?
What precious stone is mentioned in the sedra? In what context? Wherelse do we find the same stone mentioned in the Torah?
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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