Torah Tidbits

27 August 2014 / 1 Elul 5774
Issue 1053
Shabbat Parshat Va’etchanan - Nachamu
July 18, 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 (D’varim) TTriddles:
[1] Yeshayahu and 2 of the 12. Who?
The book of Yeshayahu begins with the words CHAZON YESHAYAHU, the prophetic vision of Yeshayahu… The books of two other prophets also begin the same way. Both are found in Trei Asar. CHAZON OVADYA and CHAZON NACHUM. Although Yeshayahu (many timnes) and Ovadya are read as haftarot. no haftara comes from the book(let) of Nachum.
[2] Dalawa in the days of Aharon
Dalawa is Tagalog for the number two. Tagalog is the most common language of the Philippines. That statement is a gross oversimplification - if you are interested, look it up on the web (or in the encyclopedia, if you still have one). The days = HAYAMIM = 5+10+40+10+40 = 105. Aharon = 1+5+200+50 = 256. D’VARIM = 4+2+200+10+40 = 256. So the TTriddle translates to Two mitzvot in the 105 p’sukim of Parshat D’varim.
[3] The 5th beheaded-5s starts the 5th
There are five sedras whose names have commonly had their lead HEI chopped off. The word in the Torah is HAMISHPATIM; we call the sedra MISHPATIM. So too for SH’MINI, M’TZORA, MATOT, and D’VARIM. D’varim is the 5th beheaded-5 (5 = the letter HEI, beheaded because it is the first of head letter of the word) and it is the beginning of the 5th book in the Torah, the book of D’varim.
[4] Inside big buttons are little ones?
Not the most creative of TTriddles. It is a reference to the phrase in Parshat D’varim (2:23) - ...KAFTORIM HAYOTZ’IM MIKAFTOR…
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For D’varim
In what contexts is the number eleven mentioned?
As ACHAD ASAR, the Torah says that the people were now camped in ARVOT MO’AV, and eleven day journey from HAR CHOREV (Mt. Sinai). As ASHTEI-ASAR, the Torah is referring to the eleventh month of the year - namely, SH’VAT (by counting from NISSAN, the Torah- declared first of our months).
What two people are mentioned for the first time since Vayeira and Vayishlach respectively?
We first meet LOT at the end of Parshat No’ach, where he is mentioned twice. In Lech L’cha, his name occurs 13 times. In Vayeira, he is mentioned 15 times. And the next time we find his name is in Parshat D’vaarim, where he is mentioned twice. And that’s it for the Torah.
EISAV’s name occurs 82 times in the Torah, in only three sedras. We find 35 occurrences in Tol’dot and another 41 in Vayishlach. His name next occurs 6 times in Parshat D’varim. And that’s it. Note: EDOM is not included in this question - only EISAV.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] Sedraname gold, 6 others in D’varim 7 in B’reishit, one each in Sh’mot & Vayikra
[2] ET, ATA, ATEM, HASHEM for the transposed, just EL
[3] Ki Tisa and Va’etchanan are the two with possible quattros. Any others?
[4] If his name were Zalman HaLevi, then the two command-verbs would be in order
[5] Four already got one’s answer. Actually, we all did.
Rabbi Atik z"l used to ask…
For Va’etchanan:
Four things in Va’etchanan and two others elsewhere in D’varim are rewarded with ARICHAT YAMIM. What are these six actions?
What pasuk in the sedra and what other pasuk in the Torah (okay, we’ll tell you that it is in B’shalach) contain all the letters of the ALEF- BET? (What’s extra special about Tz’fanya 3:8?)
Taken from a new book: Rabbi Atik’s Torah Teasers by Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum keyword Torah Teasers

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