Torah Tidbits

19 April 2014 / 19 Nisan 5774
Issue 1039
Shabbat Parshat Tzav-Hagadol-Shmini
March 21, 2013

TTriddles "Report"


Previous (Vayikra) TTriddles:
[1] I VI X C CC
Roman numerals for 1, 6, 10, 100, 200. Corresponding to the Hebrew letters ALEF, VAV, YUD, KUF, REISH. These letters rearrange to spell VAYIKRA.
[2] He stops a suspicious vehicle. She (the driver) is eating peanuts in Ashdod
As MG/Roch points out, this TTriddle combined two common TTriddle forms. The police ten code for Stopping a suspicious vehicle is 10-38, the issue number of TT. She in Hebrew is HI (rhymes with bee, fee, see and sea, on so on.) HEI-YUD-ALEF = 5+10+1 = 16, as in the number of mitzvot in Parshat Vayikra. Peanuts are BOTNIM = BET-TET- NUN-YUD-MEM = 2+9+50+10+40 = 111, the number of p’sukim in Vayikra. In Ashdod = BET-ALEF-SHIN-DALET-VAV- DALET = 2+1+300+4+6+4 = 317, the numeric value of the word VAYIKRA.
[3] Little this week, big next week
Little ALEF in the word VAYIKRA in the Torah this week. Shabbat HaGadol - BIG Shabbat, next week.
[4] Does the Mikdash charge state and local taxes?
State and Local Taxes are known by the acronym (Rashei Teivot, initial letters - specifically when they are pronounced as a word) SALT. Since all Korbanot require salt, we will say that the answer is YES, the Mikdash ‘charges’ SALT.
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Vayikra:
In the sedra, we find mention of TZON (sheep), IZIM (goats), and BAKAR (cattle). Where is the first mention of each in the Torah and in what context?
TZON is first mentioned in B’reishit 4:2, when the Torah tellos us the HEVEL was a shepherd of TZOM, flocks.
IZIM first occurs in Breishit 27:9 when Rivka sends Yaakov to bring here two goats so she can prepare delicacies for Yaakov to bring to Yitzchak.
BAKAR is first mentioned in B’reishit 12:16 in the description of what Par’o gave to Ara(ha)m because of Sara.
What vowel shows up in the context of one type of offering in the Mikdash?
The vowel is the KAMATZ. In context of the offerings in the Mikdash, the word KAMATZ refers to the action of a kohein in scooping out a portion of a flour & oil offering (a MINCHA) to be put on the Mizbeiach. The portion is called a K’MITZA. The ring finger is also called K’MITZA because the portion of the Mincha was scooped by hand between the three middle fingers (not counting thumb or pinky).

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] Not so big - only half the sedra
[2] Koreich = 729
[3] book of the fast tomorrow
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Tzav: In what context is a basket mentioned in the sedra? In what context is a basket first mentioned in the Torah? By what other name is a basket known? In what context?
For Sh’mini: VAYIKTZOF - and he became enraged. The word occurs once in each book of the Torah. Who got angry in each case, and why?
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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