Torah Tidbits

28 July 2014 / 1 Av 5774
Issue 1033
Shabbat Parshat Mishpatim
February 07, 2013

Guest Article

Hidden in the Sand

The key to this from time to time feature is GT (gimatriya twins) or GM (gimatriya match) - which mean the same thing. GTs or GMs are words, phrases, or p’sukim that have a common gimatriya. When we find two whole p’sukim with the same numeric value, we try to find a “nice vort” that will include both p’sukim. The vort will work without the GM, but it is nicer when the gimatriyas match.

Back in Parshat Lech L’cha (B’reishit 13:17), G-d said to Avra(ha)m:
Rise, walk the land, through its length and breadth, for I will give it [all] to you.

The promise of Eretz Yisrael to the Avot for their descendants is unconditional, but our living in the Land is conditional upon our keeping the Torah. Parshat Mishpatim begins with a statement that refers to a great number of mitzvot. That pasuk (Sh’mot 21:1) has the same gimatriya as the above pasuk, and reminds us of our obligation to G-d, and the key to secure life in the Land.

V’ELE HAMISHPATIM ASHER TASIM LIFNEIHEM:

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Naaseh v’Nishma announced our commitment to follow G-d’s commands. Including The Mishna and the Talmud. Both phrases have the same gimatriya!

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