PARSHA-PIX - Chukat
We have in the upper-left, of course, the Red Cow, an archaic play on
words with the symbol of (RED) Communism.
Following Miriam's death, the Well dried
up and there was no water for the people (the faucet with the spider's web
at the spout).
Although Moshe was commanded to speak to
the Rock, he struck it with the MATEH twice and water gushed forth from the
rock(s). The ear indicates the original command to speak to the rock.
The Kohen Gadol is pictured, with the
garments that were transferred from Aharon to Elazar.
Following Aharon's death, the people
panicked and a plague of serpents attacked the people. G-d told Moshe to put
the form of a snake on a rod (which he did, making the snake from copper)
and anyone bitten by a poisonous snake who looks at the snake-on-the-stick
The sedra mentions SEFER MILCHAMOT HASHEM,
some kind of written record of the battles. It is represented by the open
book with a tank on one page and the HEI-shmichik on the other page.
DO NOT ENTER sign has a double-double
meaning. Edom and Emori both responded to Israel's request for safe passage
through their territory with DO NOT ENTER. Moshe and Aharon, as a result of
the Hitting the rock rather than talking to it episode, were given DO NOT
ENTER orders for Eretz Yisrael. The bottle of water with the dollars signs
represents the offer Bnei Yisrael made to pay for the water they would use
while passing through Edom's land.
The well with the musical notes stands
for the Song of the Well. Think about the prominent role played by water
(and its lack) from the moment Bnei Yisrael left Mitzrayim (you can even go
back to the first plague in Egypt - BLOOD) until they arrived at the
threshold of Eretz Yisrael.
Which brings us to an old (one of the
first) PPP component, 3+2=fire is for the phrase, "For a fire has come out
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.
Some TTriddles are also presentedfor call-in solution on Torah Tidbits Audio
(Arutz-7, Thursday night). The best solution set submitted each week (there
isnt always a best) wins a double prize a CD from Noam Productions and/or a
gift (game, puzzle, book, etc.) from Big Deal
Last weekís (KORACH) TTriddles:
 Confuse a cow and she gets weak. What animal remains unchanged if
 Parshat Korach for $800: You must; you may not; you should
 The Hebrew father of a religious tiger are his confused antagonists
And the envelope please...
 Several TTriddles solvers got this one. Confuse a cow means to mix up
the letters of the word for cow, PARA. PEI-REISH-HEI is an anagram of RAFA,
meaning weak. But is you mix up the letters of KEVES, KAF-VET-SIN, you can
get KESEV, which also means lamb. (Yes, it is true, as some solvers pointed
out, that if you mix up KEVES in other ways, it doesnít stay the same. But
letís not try to ruin TTriddles, shall we?)
 Correct Jeopardy question: What is PIDYON BíCHOR? (Actually, it is
something more like, What is with redemption of the first borns of the
different types? But Jeopardy questions are not really supposed to sound
like that.) For a human first born, YOU MUST redeem him. YOU MAY NOT redeem
the first borns of the domesticated kosher animals - cow, goat, sheep. YOU
SHOULD redeem the first born donkey (but it can be destroyed instead of
being redeemed). There is no significance in the $800. It was a random
choice of values from the show. This TTriddle too was solved several times.
 As was this one, but not accurately. The correct answer is Moshe Rabeinu.
His antagonists were DATAN VaAVIRAM. If you rearrange the letters you can
spell, AV NAMEIR DATI, the father of a religious tiger.
Thatís it for last weekís TTriddles. YYW, RHM, and MM/Bklyn were among the
correct solvers of the three. A CD from Noam Productions -or- a gift from
Big Deal awaits each of them.
On another item from last weekís TT.
Several people called and emailed to ask about the Pidyon HaBen chart,
specifically about the Bat-Kohen who has a bíchor from a non-Jew. A Bat-Kohenís
bíchor usually does not need a Pidyon. But by having relations with a
non-Jew, she forfeits the sanctity of the Kíhuna that she possessed since
birth, and her bíchor requires a Pidyon. Not so the Bat Levi, since her
status is not a matter of that kind of Kedusha.
This week's TTriddles:
 The other use of yoke-free cows
 Prophetic mention is a preview
 They match the Mizmors...sort of
 The water song trilogy
 Never inside, but in this sedra - above
 Para Aduma's appropriately looks like Baama's is called
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