PARSHA-PIX Parshat Bo
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From the upper right, reading right to left, we find ARBEH (locust), a
black rectangle representing CHOSHECH (darkness), and a sword representing
MAKAT BECHOROT. In this case the sword has a double meaning: It can
represent the killing of the first borns and/or the killing BY the first
borns of others in anger over Par'o's repeated refusal to yield to the
threat made by Moshe (in G-d’s name) against the first borns.
The word BO (in Hebrew) is not just the name of the sedra, but also the
number (BO = 2+1 = 3) of MAKOT in the sedra. There were seven plagues in
Va’eira and another three in Parshat BO.
In addition to the word BO, there is also a BOW (as in bow and arrow) and
a BOW as in a bow of ribbon.
The clock reads almost midnight. G-d told Moshe that MAKAT B’CHOROT will
be at exactly midnight. When Moshe told this to the people, he said
“around midnight”, because he was afraid that people would not know
midnight exactly and would think that G-d did not do as He said He would.
The lamb in the doorway is the Korban Pesach which was to be brought into
the homes from the 10th of Nissan.
Matza is matza.
The barking dog is from the Egyptian neighbor- hoods, because in the
Jewish areas, not a dog barked its tongue. The tranquility in the Jewish
areas was in stark contrast to the panic and desperation of the Egyptians.
This the dogs contributed to the sanctification of G-d’s name on this
Their reward, as the Torah provides, is that we “throw” them our
non-kosher meat. The can above the dog can be dog food.
But the can has another meaning. In Hebrew, canned goods are called
SHIMURIM, as in LEIL SHIMURIM.
The yo-yo represents Par’o’s erratic behavior. Call for Moshe and Aharon.
Get them out of my sight. Bring them immediately. If I see you again, you
will die. Quick, get them...
The bull with an O between its horns is PAR-O
The bone is for the prohibition of breaking a bone in Korban Pesach. It is
also for the word that appears a few times: B’ETZEM HAYOM HAZEH...
Above the bone is one of last year’s visual TTriddles. It is a symbol for
a weather map that indicates total cloud cover and a strong easterly wind.
That represents the plague of locust that arrived on a strong easterly
wind and covered the sky like heavy clouds.
T’filin are t’filin. Two of the four parshiyot inside T’filin come from
the end of Parshat BO
The baby, goat, and donkey stand for the three types of B’CHOR, firstborns
- human, kosher domesticated animals, and donkey.
The axes and the sword are mentioned in the haftara.
As is the EGLA YEFEI-FIYA, here represented as a prize-winning (obviously
That leaves two unexplained items which are visual TTriddles.
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. The best solution set submitted each week (there isn't always a
best) wins a double prize a CD from Noam Productions and/or a gift (game,
puzzle, book, etc.) from Big Deal
Last issue’s (VA'EIRA) TTriddles:
 This word might explain the Birds' Head Hagada
 Moshe's cousin: two brothers in Va'eira; his namesake's two partners
in book 23
 Father and sons alliteration champs
 It uniquely extends the commonest pasuk
 Va'eira connection to 7th or 8th Chanuka candle
 Partners in two plagues, the result of another, and a later battle
 Used several times in Torah and Nach to verify a certain knowledge
 plus 3 elements from the ParshaPix
And the envelope, please...
 CHARTUMIM. It refers to the wizards of Par'o who tried, with limited
success, to reproduce the MAKOT. We had met them earlier with their
failure to interpret Par'o's dream(s). The word also is the plural of
BEAK, as in birds. "The so-called Birds' Head Haggadah derives its name
from the images featured in the manuscript. Most of the human figures are
depicted as having birds' heads with pronounced beaks." (Jewish Art
 One of Moshe's cousins was MISHA'EL (son of Uzi'el, one of Amram's
brothers). His two brothers were ELTZAFAN and SITRI. His namesake is
Misha'el from the book of Daniyeil (Daniel), which is the 23rd of the 24
books of the Tanach. His partners there are CHANANYA and AZARYA.
 Levi's son M'RARI had two sons, MACHLI and MUSHI. MEM-MEM-MEM.
 Between Sh'mot 6:10 and Bamidbar 35:9, the words VAYDABEIR HASHEM EL
MOSHE LEIMOR occur 70 times, making this the most common pasuk in the
Torah. Only once, in Sh'mot 6:29, do those words appear as the beginning
of a larger pasuk.
 Alas, there is none that I know of. I misread the haftara, which dtaes
one of Yechezkel's prophecy as having taken place on the 12th of Tevet. I
read it carelessly, when scanning for a TTriddle, as the 2nd of Tevet.
That would be either the 2nd or 3rd of Tevet and would be a connection. So
TTriddle  is hereby voided...with apologies to TTriddlers who spent
time on this TTriddle.
 The answer is BAADAM UVAB'HEIMA - humans and animals. The Torah states
that KINIM (lice) and SH'CHIN (boils) afflicted people and animals. The
result of MAKAT B'CHOROT is the sanctity of the human firstborn and that
of the kosher domesticated animals and that of a donkey. The phrase
appears a couple of times in that context. And in the aftermath of the
battle against Midyan, the army was instructed to count the spoils of war
in terms of people captured and animals taken.
 Maybe a little vague, but good TTriddle potential. The answer is B'ZOT
- with THIS. The word appears 18 times in Tanach (8 of which are in
Chumash), often as a proof (in context, obviously). With this you shall be
tested... with this I will know... with this you will know... (this one's
in Va'eira). Not all B'ZOTs come across like this, but most do. It's a
strong word in its contexts.
 LE7 is ELISHEVA, as in the daughter of Aminadav, sister of Nachshon,
wife of Aharon.
 The picture in the lower-left of the ParshaPix is that of Me'arat
HaMachpeila in Hevron. Hevron was a son of K'hat, brother of Amram,
Yitzhar, and Uzi'el, uncle of Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam.
 Which brings us to the wolf. Whereas we usually think of the plague
of AROV as various and sundry wild animals - lions and tigers and bears,
oh my! - and Rashi ads that there were snakes and scorpions as well, the
Rashbam says that in his opinion, AROV was a plague of wolves. He bases
this on p'sukim in Tanach. ("Even Ezra" mentions wolves among other wild
animals as part of AROV.)
Special honors this week go to BYS. New solver? Please be in touch
concerning your prizes.
This week's TTriddles:
 Lavan, Aharon, and Par'o many times
 Connection between this week's sedra and King Achav
 #Point of Departure and Bruto Duration
 The 114 connection
 Savana, Banana...among others
 Par'i said it thrice' David HaMelech twice; and someone else once.
 plus 2 elements from the ParshaPix
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