Torah Tidbits

17 April 2014 / 17 Nisan 5774
Issue 996
Parshat Tazri’a - M’tzora (m’vorchim)
April 19, 2012

TTriddles "Report"

TTRIDDLES... are Torah Tidbits-style riddles on Parshat HaShavua (sometimes on the calendar). They are found in the hard-copy of

Last issue’s (Pesach) TTriddles:

[1] Mehetabel follows command
Command is TZAV. Gimatriya is 96. That’s the number of p’sukim Tzav has, according to tradition. The problem is that we count 97 p’sukim - could be one-off in gimatriya doesn’t matter; could be a slight difference in dividing the sedra into p’sukim. Anyway, Mehetabel is numerically equal to 40+5+10+9+2+ 1+30 = 97. Who was she? A queen of Edom (B’reishit 36:39). Who was he? Grandfather of Sh’maya (Nechemya 6:10). How’s that for a neutral name. Know any boys or girls named Mehetabel? Didn’t think so.
[2] All except 100 conform to the rule
All Menachot (flour & oil offerings) in the Mikdash are made according to matza rules - they may not be chameitz. Aside from the Two Loaves of Shavuot, which were chameitz, the other exception to the rule are 10 of the 40 accompanying loaves / wafers / crackers / whatever for the Korabn Toda. Psalm 100 is MIZMOR L’TODA.
[3] We announce their day
On the Shabbat following Pesach, we in Israel read Parshat Sh’mini, thereby announcing the fact that in Chutz LaAretz, they were celebrat- ing the Yom HaShmini of Pesach.
[4] 5th, 6th, 8th, 13th (twice), 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th (twice)
Numbers refer to the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Take a HEI, VAV, CHET, two MEMs, a SAMACH, PEI, TZADI, and two REISHes and arrange them to spell PESACH, MATZA, and MAROR.
That’s it. A very modest TTriddle-set, especially for a Trippple issue.

This week’s TTriddles:
[1] This ZOT binds these and no others
[2] Did this before. And now again.
[3] Elul combines with water, fear, and pocket, but in England, it’s the cup in Chanuka
[4] 3 arrows, not 4 gate people
[5] What would have happened to Groucho Marx had he been a purifying former m’tzora?
[6] Eyes at the end - just these two
[7] And Leah became pregnant and (then) gave birth - this week?

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