Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Ki Teitzei 5758

February 21, 2014, by

[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 12 p’sukim (21:10-21) The “beautiful captive”: A Jewish soldier must resist the “normal” temptations of battle, but is permitted to take a captive woman only according to the approved Torah procedures [532]. This is not an ideal situation; commentaries consider this to be one […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Pinchas 5758

February 21, 2014, by

[Numbers] are the Chinuch’s mitzva count KOHEN – First Aliya – 13 p’sukim (25:10-26:4) When Pinchas killed Zimri and Kosbi, a tremendous controversy erupted among the people as to whether his actions were correct or murderous. This week’s sedra begins with G-d “testifying” to the correctness of what Pinchas did. First, because of what Pinchas […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Chukat 5758

February 21, 2014, by

[Numbers] are the Chinuch’s mitzva count KOHEN – First Aliya – 17 p’sukim (19:1-17) This whole Aliya plus the following 5 p’sukim deal with the topic of the PARA ADUMA. (The 22 verses of chapter 19 constitute the Maftir for Shabbat Parshat Para.) The mitzva involves taking a cow with reddish hair (even two black hairs invalidate it), […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Va’etchanan 5758

February 21, 2014, by

[Numbers] are the Chinuch’s mitzva count Note: Many other mitzvot besides the 12 counted, are contained in VaEtchanan, but they are counted elsewhere in the Torah. This is not uncommon, but what it means is that the mitzva count of a sedra is often not a good indicator of the actual mitzva content of the […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Matot – Mas’ei 5758

February 21, 2014, by

[Numbers] are the Chinuch’s mitzva count KOHEN – First Aliya – 16+12 p’sukim (30:2-31:12) “And Moshe spoke to the leaders of the Tribes of Israel…” The first principle of the topic is that a person must fulfill the terms of a vow and it is prohibited to “profane one’s word” [407]. On the other hand, […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Chayei Sara 5759

February 20, 2014, by

[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 16 p’sukim (23:1-16) Sara died at the time of the Akeida. [SDT] Midrashim relate that Sara died of shock when she found out where and why Avraham and Yitzchak had gone. Some commentaries say that she could not cope with the possible loss of her only […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Chukat 5759

February 20, 2014, by

Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 17 p’sukim (19:1-17) This whole Aliya plus the following 5 p’sukim deal with the topic of the PARA ADUMA. (The 22 p’sukim of Bamidbar 19 constitute the Maftir for Shabbat Parshat Para.) The mitzva involves taking a […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Devarim 5759

February 20, 2014, by

Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -11 p’sukim (1:1-11) The opening p’sukim of the D’varim clearly identify time and place. The entire book takes place in Arvot Moav (last place of encampment before entry into Eretz Yisrael) and begins on Rosh Chodesh Shvat in […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Eikev 5759

February 20, 2014, by

Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 25 p’sukim (7:12-8:8) This is the longest Shabbat Mincha – Monday – Thursday reading. B’reishit and Ki Tisa have longer first-Aliyot, but we don’t read the whole portion on Monday-Thursday or Shabbat Mincha. Mas’ei, according to the […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Emor 5759

February 19, 2014, by

Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -15 p’sukim (21:1-15) This Aliya is particularly appropriate for a kohen; not all first Aliyot are. Following Parshat K’doshim, which focuses on the challenge to the individual Jew and the whole Jewish community to rise to higher levels […]

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