By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum
1. Mount Sinai is referenced in the first verse of the parsha. Bywhat two other names is Mount Sinai known? Which two other mountains in the Torah are known by more than one name?
2. Which law in this parsha involves counting? Which two other laws in the Torah involve counting?
3. In this parsha, what number appears four times in one verse?
4. In this parsha, which verse has six words in a row
all beginningwith the same Hebrew letter?
5. In this parsha, which law involves blowing a ram's horn(shofar)?
6. In this parsha, which law involves a wall?
1. In parshas Shemos, Mount Sinai is called God's Mountain (Har HaElokim) (Exodus 3:1). In parshas Ki Tisa, it is referred to asMount Chorev (Exodus 33:6). In parshas Vezos Haberacha, themountain that Moshe ascends to view the Land of Israel is calledMount Nevo (Deut. 34:1); in parshas Pinchas it is known asMount Ha'Evarim (Numbers 27:12), and in parshas Ha'azinu it iscalled both names (Deut. 32:49). Mount Hermon is mentioned in parshas Devarim (Deut. 3:8), while in parshas Ve'eschanan it iscalled Mount Sion (Deut. 4:48).
2. The Torah commands the counting of seven sets of seven years,totaling 49 years leading up to the Jubilee year (Leviticus 25:8).In parshas Emor the Torah commands the counting of 50 daysfrom the Omer offering (brought on the second day of Passover)until the "new grain" offering (
) which is brought on Shavuos (Leviticus 23:15
16). In parshas Metzora,the Torah commands a woman with the ritual impurity of
tocount seven days before becoming ritually pure (Leviticus15:28).
3. The number seven appears four times in the verse: "Count for yourselves
sets of Sabbaticals,
times,and it should be
sets of Sabbaticals equaling 49years" (Leviticus 25:8).
4. Leviticus 25:8 has six words in a row, all beginning with theletter Shin.
5. On Yom Kippur of the Jubilee year, we are commanded to blowa shofar (Leviticus 25:9).
6. For a home in a walled city, the original owner has a year toredeem it, after which the home becomes the perpetual propertyof the buyer (Leviticus 25:29).
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and opened it as Fievel looked on from his room. It wasthe poritz, drenched to the bone, shivering and bluewith cold. It seems that he had been on his way homeand the storm caught him unexpectedly. He had beenwandering in the cold, lost in the forest for hours, andwas on the verge of death. He fell to the floor in ex-haustion. Shmuel helped him to the fireside, broughthim a change of clothes (his Shabbat garments, the onlychange of clothes he had), some warm blankets and hotsoup, and in no time the poritz was sitting bundled upnear the stove and showering old Shmuel with praisesand promises.
"You saved my life! I owe you my life!" Heexclaimed. "Tell me how to repay you"
"Listen," Shmuel answered. "If you truly wishto reward me then you can do me a big favor."
"Anything! I swear! I owe you my very life!Just ask!" exclaimed the poritz.
"Well" Shmuel gave a glance at Fievel peekingfrom behind his door, "A few days ago you told mygood friend Fievel that he has to vacate his inn. I wantyou to let him stay."
"So it shall be!" shouted the poritz.
"It just so happens that Fievel is here in the oth-er room" continued Little Shmuel. "Will you put it inwriting?"
Fievel came out of his room and the poritz im-mediately shook his hand warmly, asked for pen and paper and wrote out a contract giving him and his off-spring sole rights on the inn for all generations, and for good measure he gave him the next three years' rentfree.
"One thing is bothering me," said Fievel after he thanked the Poritz and tucked the cherished contractsecurely in his pocket. "Why did you evict me in thefirst place? After all, I always paid rent and never gaveyou any trouble. What made you do it?"
"You're right," answered the poritz. "You werethe perfect tenant and I would never have even thoughtof throwing you out. But someone came to me and de-manded that I rent the inn to his son
law. He prom-ised to pay more rent and even threatened that if I re-fused he would use his influence with my business partners to make trouble for me. It was none other than'Big Shmuel'! I don't know what got into him and madehim so hard
hearted. I even asked him how he could doit to his own fellow Jew and he said he didn't mix busi-ness with friendship. But I'll take care of him. I'll tellhim to go find another establishment for his son
law!Just one thing that I would like to ask though," he con-tinued. "How did you happen to be here exactly on thisnight?"
(Stories of Greatness — Continued from page 6)