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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Ha’azinu 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 6 p’sukim (32:1-6) Moshe Rabeinu begins his farewell “song” to the People by calling upon the heavens and the earth to be witnesses to what he will be saying. He asks the people (in a very poetic way) to listen well to his words. […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ki Tavo 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 11 p’sukim (26:1-11) When we come to the Land and settle it, we are commanded to take of the First Fruits [the mitzva of Bikurim has already been counted in Parshat Mishpatim] of the “Seven Species”, put […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ki Teitzei 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. 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 […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Ki Tisa 5759
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-countof the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts differ. Kohen First Aliya – 45 p’sukim (30:11-31:17) The longest First Aliya in the Torah, by far – but not for Monday and Thursday or the previous Shabbat Mincha purposes, since we don’t read all of the first Aliya on those days. The […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Korach 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -13 p’sukim (16:1-13) “And Korach took”. [SDT] Commentators suggest different meanings for this phrase: Korach took the Reuvenites with him in his rebellion against Moshe; Korach “took with words” (i.e. persuaded) others to join his rebellion. Korach “took […]
Aliyah-by-Aliya Parshat Lech L’cha 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 13 p’sukim (12:1-13) G-d tells (note the softer VAYOMER rather than the harsher, and more common, VA’Y’DABER) Avra(ha)m to leave his land, birthplace and father’s home and go to “the Land which I will show you”. [SDT] “Leave your land, birthplace, father’s house.” Ramban […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Matot – Mas’ei 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 16+12 p’sukim (30:2-31:12) “And Moshe spoke to the leaders of the Tribes of Israel…” SDT – Moshe commanded this topic of Nedarim to the leaders of the people. Was this only to them or to all the […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Mishpatim 5759
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. Where a mitzva is mentioned and no number is indicated, this means that the mitzva is counted elsewhere, but still is found in Mishpatim. That there are mitzvot mentioned but not counted here makes Mishpatim even more mitzva- filled than its highcount indicates. Kohen […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – [29:9-28] – 3+3+14=20 p’sukim Having so recently heard the frightful Tochacha and the curses that are invoked against those who betray G-d, Israel is understandably “nervous” about its future, to say the least. Nitzavim therefore, begins on […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat No’ach 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Mitzva Watch Although no mitzvot are counted in this sedra among the 613, there are mitzvot in Parshat No’ach. For example, Be Fruitful & Multiply is repeated to No’ach, having been previously said to Adam. We count this mitzva at its first occurrence, from Parshat B’reishit. On the other […]