Torah Tidbits

21 August 2014 / 25 Av 5774
Issue 1042
Shabbat Parshat Emor
April 25, 2013

TTriddles "Report"


Previous (Ach-K’do) TTriddles:
Contains a mini-MRMH and an ‘Only in Israel’
[1] Assumedly, Rashi began walking and talking
Rashi was born on February 22nd, 1040ce. That means that sometime during the year 1041 (the issue number for TT Acharei-K’doshim) we can assume that he started walking and talking.
[2] Achareiam: Achareipm, K’doshimpm, Emorpm
Achareiam = When Parshat Acharei is read in the morning… it can happen that Achareipm, i.e. that Acharei can also be the reading in the afternoon - that would happen on Yom Kippur, or K’doshim can be the afternoon reading - just Acharei is read on Shabbat morning, or Emor can be the Shabbat afternoon reading - like this year - when Acharei and K’doshim were both read in the morning.
[3] Who was the longest “reigning” leader of the Jewish people?
This is not a regular TTriddle; it is a straightforward Jewish knowledge question, and the answer is - The SHOFEIT (Judge) Eihud ben Geira, who led the people for 80 years. Second to that would be Judean King Menashe, who reigned for 55 years. Lists found in Yaffa Ganz’s The Jewish Fact Finder.
[4] And Mustela putorius furo of what?
Mustela putorius furo is the scientific name for the ferret. FYI, ferrets are domesticated carnivorous mammals… they are crepuscular, which means they spend 14-18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk… Male ferrets are called hobs; females are called jills. Their young are called kits and a group of ferrets is called a business. As to the TTriddle, the answer lies in the pasuk about the gleaming of the vineyard, which begins with the conjunctive VAV (which is a SHURUK because the word PERET begins with a PEI. UFERET KARM’CHA LO T’LAKEIT. The answer to the TTriddle: your vineyard.
[5] As the middle child sometimes feels left out, so too, this other middle might feel the same way - when? - prize for this particular TTriddle on its own
Two different answers received from TTreaders were not the intended one, but are being considered acceptable for prizes. The better of the two aswers is: The month of Iyar feels left out with Nissan having Pesach and Sivan having Shavuot. On the other hand, Iyar has Yom HaAtzmaut, Pesach Sheni, Lag BaOmer, and Yom Yerushalayim, so it really shouldn’t feel left out. The other answer submitted was Parshat Emor, feeling alone because it is preceded by a double sedra and followed by a double sedra. It might be a better answer if the TTriddle were asked in the Emor issue. Nonetheless, both submissions win prizes. The intended answer is perek 17 of Vayikra. Parshat Acharei consists of chapters 16, 17, and 18. Chapter 16 is the Torah reading for Yom Kippur morning. Chapter 18 is the reading for Yom Kippur Mincha. Chapter 17, as middle perek, might feel left out on Yom Kippur.
[6] The Egged pasuk (partial)
MIPNEI SEIVA TAKUM is the first third of Vayikra 19:32. It is used by Egged and other transportation companies to ask younger passengers to stand for the elderly and let them sit. Seeing those signs give one a wonderful feeling of “There’s nowhere I’d rather live”.
[7] Shma’s ultimate with a special attachment
The ultimate - that is, the final - pasuk of the Sh’ma is - I HaShem your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am HaShem your God. In Vayikra 19:36-37 we find - ...I am HaShem your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Therefore shall you observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them; I am HaShem. The attachment (so to speak) is a command to keep the Torah, added to the ‘statement’ at the end of Sh’ma (without an accompanying command).
[8] no, high, regular
May we eat the fruit of a tree in its years 1-3? NO. May we eat the fruit of the 4th year? Yes, but on a HIGH level because of the sanctity of Neta R’va’i. May we eat the fruit from the 5th year on? Yes, in a REGULAR mode.
[9] They can’t eat KP and we can’t eat them
Play on words. AREILIM are uncircumcised males. They cannot eat Korban Pesach. AREILIM is also the Torah’s term for the fruits of the first three years of a tree. ORLA. We cannot eat them (AREILIM).
[9] Old business
Last week, there was a TTriddle - Income Tax Headache. We mistakenly identified Headache 1040 as being an ad for Anacin. MG/RNY correctly remembered (or looked up) that it was a commercial for Excedrin. And several people made the TT connection between 1040 and April 15th. Some suggested that we planned for this coincidence 20 years ago, but we don’t think they were serious. 
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Acharei:
Who and what are mentioned in the same pasuk and differ from each other by five?
AHARON and the ARON are both mentioned in the second pasuk of Acharei. With ARON being spelled ALEF-REISH- NUN, it differs numerically from AHARON by 5. Or, we can say that since the word is HAARON, the Aron, then both the who and the what in the same pasuk are numerically equivalent.
The Kohen Gadol sprinkles blood seven times. What else in the Torah besides various sprinklings was done 7 times?
In Parshat Vayishlach, Yaakov bows seven times to Eisav. And in Parshat B’har, the Sanhedrin is commanded to count seven Sh’mita cycles with the following year being Yovel.
For K’doshim: In what contexts are the first two references in the Torah to K’DUSHA?
The first time the concept occurs is in the description of G-d’s ceasing from Creation on Shabbat and sanctifying it. The second time is at the S’NEH, when G-d tells Moshe to remove his shoes because the place on which he is standing is holy.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] Common factor of bread & flag?
[2] The Hebrew YZ died
[3] The bus driver in Eden of the northerner
[4] should have been hamantashen, not facebreads
[5] Read on the first and again on the 32nd
[6] but not on Shavuot
[7] Lag BaOmer and Moshe - what’s the connection?
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Emor: What in the sedra is called HASHABBAT? What is called SHABBAT SHABBATON? and what is called just SHABBATON?
Which of Shiv’at HaMinim are mentioned explicitly in the sedra and which others are implied?
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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