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Shmini(Leviticus 9-11)

Torah Teasers Parshat Shmini

1. This parsha begins with the eighth day of the inauguration of the Tabernacle. What two Torah laws that refer to the "eighth day" are applicable nowadays?

(1) In parshas Tazria, the Torah describes the mitzvah of circumcision, which is performed on the eighth day after the baby boy's birth (Leviticus 12:3). (2) In parshas Emor and parshas Pinchas, the holiday of Shmini Atzeres is described as the additional eighth day added on to the holiday of Sukkot (Leviticus 23:36, 39 and Numbers 29:35).

2. In what two contexts does this parsha state: "And a fire came out from before Hashem"?

The expression "And a fire came out from before Hashem" is used to describe consuming the korban olah (burnt offering) and its fats (Leviticus 9:24), and also to describe the consuming of Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, who brought a foreign fire into the Tabernacle (Leviticus 10:2).

3. What other two places in the Torah is a similar expression of "a fire from Hashem" used to describe the consuming of sinners?

In parshas Korach, the 250 men who attempted to bring incense during the rebellion of Korach are consumed in "a fire came out from Hashem" (Numbers 16:35). In parshas Beha'alotecha, regarding the complainers, the Torah states: "And a fire of Hashem burned against them" (Numbers 11:1).

4. Which pairs of brothers appear in this parsha? (4 pairs)

The four pairs are (1) Moshe and Aharon, (2) Nadav and Avihu, (3) Itamar and Elazar, (4) and Mishael and Eltzafan, the sons of Uziel who are asked to carry the bodies of Nadav and Avihu out of the Tabernacle (Leviticus 10:4).

5. Who is referred to in this parsha as someone's "uncle"?

The Torah states that Uziel is the uncle of Aharon (Leviticus 10:4).

6. What person appears in this parsha, but appears only one other time in the entire Torah?

Mishael the son of Uziel appears in this parsha (Leviticus 10:4) and in parshas Va'erah (Exodus 6:22).

7. Which cousins are described in this parsha as "brothers"?

Eltzafan and Mishael are asked to carry the bodies of Nadav and Avihu out of the Tabernacle. Eltzafan and Mishael are the first cousins once-removed of Nadav and Avihu, but are referred to as their brothers (Leviticus 10:4).

8. Which law in this parsha mentions "wine and aged wine"? What other Torah law involves both wine and aged wine?

In this parsha the kohanim are prohibited from drinking "wine and aged wine" when entering the Tabernacle (Leviticus 10:9). A nazir is also prohibited from drinking all forms of wine (Numbers 6:3).

9. In what context are "daughters" mentioned in this parsha?

Moshe tells Aharon and his sons Elazar and Itamar that the breast and thigh of the peace-offering may be eaten by their sons and daughters (Leviticus 10:14).

10. Which non-kosher animal is listed in this parsha, and mentioned in another parsha 18 times?

In parshas Chayei Sara, camels are mentioned 18 times in the account of Eliezer finding a wife for Yitzchak (Genesis 24).

11. Of all the non-kosher birds listed in this parsha (and in parshas Re'eh), which birds appear elsewhere in the Torah?

The raven and the eagle are two non-kosher birds mentioned elsewhere in the Torah. In parshas Noach, a raven is sent out first to check if the land has dried (Genesis 8:7). The eagle is mentioned several times: (1) In parshas Yisro, Hashem compares the Exodus to being carried on the wings of eagles (Exodus 19:4). (2) In the rebuke of parshas Ki Tavo, the enemy is described as coming from as far as an eagle flies (Deut. 28:49). (3) In parshas Ha'azinu, Hashem's protection is compared to an eagle protecting its young (Deut. 32:11).

12. In this parsha, which brothers die on the same day? Where else in the Torah do two brothers die on the same day?

In this parsha, Aharon's sons Nadav and Avihu die on the same day (Leviticus 10:2). In parshas Korach, Dasan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, also die on the same day (Numbers 16:1, 27, 33).

From "Rabbi Moshe Atik's Torah Teasers"

April 2, 2013

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(1) Shlomo Wasser, April 19, 2015 2:20 AM

Changes in tense by the nature of the feet of treif animals

The gamal,s hoof, expressed b'lushon hoveh (ehnehnu mafris) is a subject of the Netziv. - people can fake a genuine hoof with the camel, therefore supervision, a word connoting hoveh is needed. by the arneves or "bunny" to allude to :talmai's wife, there is no problem at we have a foregone conclusion. this rabbit has a hairy foot, nothing similar to a hoof, hence the lushon uvar is employed and the simple "LO hifrisuh is employed, meaning constant observation is not needed. which brings us to the shufun, there is no absolute translation today for this chayah. the really big problem is with those exegetes who translate this animal as a rabbit...which of course raises problems with most parshunute as to the nature of the arneves. the majority of the Torah world knows the shafan as the hyrax or rock badger. of empirical science must be understood with tremendous care IFit is to be considered even eventually as Torah A genius zoologist non-Jewish, lived a few hundred years ago. His name was Linneaus. He ordered the animal kingdom in Latin into very complex but brilliant sects. rodents, carnivores, rabbits, monotremes etc. etc. He did something highly unusual with the hyrax when he had to deal with it he put it in its very own classification, hyracidae AND a scientist, perhaps Linneaus himself made the comment that the only animals the hyrax is "RELATED" to are the elephant,dugongs & manatees.Vunderbar! perhaps the Torah is employing a future tense by this supposed hyrax because it is warning the Jew of post-Darwinian days of the evils evolution might bring upon a Torah Jew. I think the elephant is a tri-ungulate. My knowledge of mammalian taxonomy is not that great. yet I do wonder if evolutionists see some kind of growing connection between the elephant and our humble shufun. t'e'g

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