Torah Tidbits

29 August 2014 / 3 Elul 5774
Issue 1048
Shabbat Parshat Chukat
June 13, 2013

TTriddles "Report"


TTriddles 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 (Korach) TTriddles:
[1] Could he be the rabbi for you?
His name is RAV LACHEM (no groaning, please), a phrase that occurs 8 times in Tanach - twice in Parshat Korach.
[2] First a shell8 then a rock8-like petrification
shell8 is SHIN-LAMED-CHET, which spells SH’LACH. When the shell, a seashell let’s say, petrifies, it turns rock-like. Rock would be REISH- KUF, rock-like is KUF-REISH. With the 8=CHET added, we get KORACH. First comes SH’LACH and then KORACH.
[3] The father in the water of the great river
The father = HA-ABA = 5+1+2+1 = 9, the number of mitzvot in the sedra. the water = HAMAYIM = 5+40+10+ 40 = 95, as in the number of p’sukim in Korach. The great river is HANAHAR HAGADOL = 5+50+5+ 200 (260) + 5+3+4+6+30 (48) = 308.
KORACH = 100+200+8 = 308. 9 mitzvot in the 95 p’sukim of Parshat Korach.
[4] Seven friends join Daniel for the celebration
This TTriddle did not appear in the hard copy, but it was supposed to. It made it into the extra-lite PDF file of TT, available at
Seven friends, that is, seven p’sukim, join Daniel = 4+50+10+1+30 = 95, the number of p’sukim in Korach. DANIEL is the ‘siman’ for Korach, printed at the end of the sedra in many editions of the Chumash. The seven p’sukim of the Maftir for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh join the 95 p’sukim of Korach in celebration of Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.
This is as good a place to bring up an embarrassing matter.
As many of you might have noticed - and as several of you called to our attention, we left out reference to two Torahs last Shabbat, to the Maftir and Haftara for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.
And it’s not like we forgot it was Rosh Chodesh. The Word KORACH at the top of the front page had a quotation mark, a.k.a. inverted commas. In Hebrew, GERSHAYIM. Which might be the best name to use, because it is used in Hebrew RASHEI TEIVOT, abbreviations, initialisms, acronyms. Furthermore, the KUF was in a different font and style than the REISH and the CHET. The word as presented was a combination of KORACH and of the abbreviation for Rosh Chodesh. Every page with a footer was identified as being part of the Korach - R"Ch issue. There was a box giving the statistics for Shabbat-Sunday Rosh Chodesh occurrences. Shabbat in the schedule was identified as being Rosh Chodesh. The candle lighting and havdala times were headed: Korach - Rosh Chodesh.
So what happened? Can’t explain it. It’s just very embarrassing. Hence the immediate thought of the phrase, egg on the face. After searching the web for a graphic representation of the phrase, I found an iphone app which I downloaded - for a fee - to show you, dear TTreaders, just how personally embarrassing the omission was. Embarrassing and humbling. Enough said, I hope.
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
Korach had with him 250 K’TORET offerers. Where else to we find the number 250 in the Torah?
CHAMISHIM UMATAYIM occurs 6 times in the Torah - four in Korach, referring to the 250 communal leaders who joined Korach’s rebellion. Ironically, the other two times the number occurs is in the description of the KETORET in Parshat Ki Tisa, where the formula calls for 250 measures of fragrant cinnamon and 250 measures of fragrant cane. All six occurrences are associated with K’TORET.
Besides the almonds from Aharon’s rod, where else do we find them?
In Parshat Vayeishev, Yaakov sends gifts to the leader in Egypt (Yosef, as yet incognito) which includes SH’KEIDIM, almonds. Also, in the description of the Golden Menora, we find repeated use of the word M’SHUKADIM, which is an almond design on the cups of the Menora. (That is, not the oil cups, but the cups in the design of the branches of the Menora.)

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] Heading to 34degrees27’N 78degrees18’W? Then you are going _____ __________
[2] Come in uncle or cousin of Yitzchak ben Avraham
[3] Could that place be motacill?
[6] What in the Torah happened PAAMAYIM?
[7] It’s like Mt. Berg or Mt. Fjell or Mt. Mlima
[8] Unexplaineds in the ParshaPix
[9] Footer
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Chukat:
What is the EIZOV (hyssop) used for? (not just in Chukat)
What traffic law is mentioned in the sedra? (a classic R’ Atik groaner)
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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