A while back – Lead Tidbit of TT 810 (but maybe more recently, as well), we described the mitzva (make that mitzvot) of remembering Y’TZI’AT MITZRAYIM as a beautiful diamond ring. Leil HaSeder was the diamond itself.Read More
[P> X:Y (Z)] and [S> X:Y (Z)] indicate start of a parsha p’tucha or s’tuma. X:Y is Perek:Pasuk of the beginning of the parsha; (Z) is the number of p’sukim in the parsha.Read More
…LO HA’YU YAMIM TOVIM L’YISRAEL KA’CHAMISHA ASAR B’AV…
In the last Mishna of Taanit, Rabban Shimon b. Gamliel tells us that there were no more joyous festivals in Israel than TU b’Av and Yom Kippur. In the middle of this “tragic” month, the month whose entrance was accompanied by the diminishing of our joy, we find the most joyous festival. If you will ponder the various reasons for TU b’Av, you can see in each one a message of consolation and promise… and joy.
Rabbenu Bachya and the Sefer HaChinuch both state that expressing gratitude (Hakarat HaTov) is the essence and foundation of Judaism. If so, how do we explain the death threats sent to Charedi soldiers, serving in the IDF, warning them that an all out war will be fought against them, if these Charedi IDF soldiers do not abandon their military bases and discard their “tameh” (ritually defiled) uniforms.Read More
This week’s parsha begins the seven week period of consolation and condolence that bridges the time space between Tish’a b’Av and Rosh HaShana. In order to properly prepare for the oncoming year and its challenges, one must first be comforted by the vision of better times ahead and the belief in one’s ability to somehow overcome those omnipresent challenges. Healing occurs when one believes that there is yet a future ahead.Read More
A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of HaChodesh HaZeh Lachem…Read More
Question: Is there a reason to stand for a chatan (groom) and a kalla (bride) as they enter the chupa (wedding canopy)?Read More
Near the beginning of this week’s parasha we read (D’varim 4:1) – “And now, O Israel, hearken unto the statutes and ordinances which I teach you, to do them, that you may live and go in to possess the Land which HaShem, the G-d of your fathers, gives you.” Verses 4:5 and 4:14 convey a similar message: Moshe teaches us the ordinances and statutes so that we can perform them in the Land of Israel.Read More
1) Why does Moshe say that he wants to pass into Israel AND I WILL SEE THE LAND (3:25). Isn’t it obvious that if he went into the land that he will see it?
2) Why does the Torah command not to take away from the mitzvot of the Torah – LO TIGRIU MIMENU (4:2)? Isn’t it obvious that it would be a sin to not fulfill commandments in the Torah?
3) The Hagada describes the four sons and is critical of the wicked sons who asks WHAT IS THIS SERVICE TO YOU? This week’s parsha includes the question of the wise son and he also says WHAT ARE THESE LAWS WHICH G-D HAS COMMANDED YOU (6:20)? He also says YOU and is not inclusive of himself so how is this different from the wicked son’s question?
Those who are learning Daf Yomi had a reference to our verses from Sh’ma last week (Psachim 25a). The Gemara is discussing having benefit (issur hanaya) from things that are prohibited to us in some way (i.e chametz, meat-in-milk). In our case it is talking about what types of produce are permissible to be used as medicines. The Gemara states that a person may be healed with any substance, even one whose benefit is prohibited, except for the wood of an ASHEIRA. An ASHEIRA is a type of tree that is worshiped for AVODA ZARA or under which an idol is placed.Read More
This week we will continue to discuss some of the halachic decisions rendered by the late posek Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth zt”l, who is best known as the author of the seminal work “Sh’mirat Shabbat K’hilchatah” but who also gave important halachic decisions in many other areas as well.Read More
We are inclined to note that Parshat D’varim occurs each year on the Shabbat preceding Tish’a b’Av. One clue concerning the connection between the parsha and this prominent fast day can be found in Moshe’s address to the people whereby he records some of the people’s more pressing moments – pressing moments that became depressing moments.Read More
The plus and minus in a negation circle is for the prohibition of adding to the Torah or detracting from it
Again, the Torah tells us of the mitzva to designate cities of refuge – 3 on the east side of the Jordan (and 3 on the west side)
The LUCHOT in the TORAH on the mountain stands for the repetition of the Aseret HaDibrot (with differences) and reminds us that the whole Torah was given by G-d at Sinai, not just the Big Ten
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 DealRead More