PARSHA-PIX Parshat Nitzavim
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The family in the upper-left represents the beginning of Nitzavim that
describes all who are standing today before G-d. Included are men, women,
and children, and all types of people, including the woodcutter (George
Washington) and the water-drawers (Jack & Jill).
The family also stands for those who were to participate in HAK-HEL - men,
women, and children.
HAK-HEL is also represented by the crowned Torah-reader - the king, and by
the Torah in the Sukka, in the lower-right.
The feather writing letters is for the mitzva to write a Sefer Torah. That
mitzva is also represented by the open gemara.
The Xed out moon, planets, and stars is LO BASHAMAYIM HI.
The acid rain symbol is for the description of the punishment for turning
away from G-d.
The Megila is for the hidden "clue" to Esther in the Torah - HESTEIR PANIM.
The questioned road signs is the choice of choosing Life or Death, Good or
The plant growing a Tzedaka box is from the haftara, referring to G-d,
The Chatan and Kallah under the Chupa is also from the haftara.
And the chemical expression is sulfur and salt burning...
Dots above the family are for the dots above LANU ULVANEINU (and the AYIN of
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 (KI TAVO) TTriddles:
 who'd we tell it to before the kohen?
 HaShem (3), Torah (7), Shira, and who?
 Ark, Place, Kohein/Kohanim, King
 Shiur: One over basket
 obverse, not reverse
 It has alchemits drooling
 your fathers, my family, the Land, where, where, and whom
 plus 5 elements from the ParshaPix
And the envelope, please...
 This TTriddle started with VANITZ'AK EL HASHEM... and we called out to
G-d...This phrase produced only two results, and revealed that when Moshe
sent messengers to the King of Edom, to ask for permission to go through his
land (we did NOT receive the permission), the messengers were instructed to
tell the events that are similar to that which the Bikurim-bringer declares
before the kohein.
 HIs (your brother's) donkey (A) or ox (B) fallen, his (brother's) ox (B)
or sheep (C) lost -- that's the whose and what so far. The what not is to
ignore the situation. (See D'varim 22:1,4)
 ET KOL DIVREI... all the words of...The phrase appears 30 times in
Tanach, 12 of which are in the Torah and in this TTriddle. 7 of the 12 are
followed by the words HATORAH HAZOT, all the words of this Torah. One other
time, the phrase is ET KOL DIVREI HASHIRA HAZOT, but it too refers to the
Torah. Thrice it is DIVREI HASHEM that occurs (which is also the Torah,
really). Which brings us to the answer to the TTriddle's question - who.
Yosef. After Yosef revealed himself to his brothers, he sent them back to
Yaakov. The Torah tells us that the brothers told Yaakov all that Yosef had
said to them - ET KOL DIRVEI YOSEF...
 This TTriddle is based on a Baal HaTurim and a misdirection. Shiur, not
a Torah lesson as I wanted readers to think, but rather an amount, a
quantity. The shiur for Bikurim is unspecified by the Torah. Technically,
bringing a single grape (in a basket) would fulfill one's obligation of
Bikurim. Our Sages "recommended" 1/60 as the part of the yield that should
be brought. Baal HaTurim points out that the numeric value of the word TENE,
basket, is 60, a "remez" to the one over 60 portion of Bikurim.
 In numismatics, the side of a coin that bears the principle stamp or
design is called the obverse side. The other side is the reverse (also known
as verso). In the US and many other countries, the obverse of a coin has the
image of a person's face. Hence, that side became known as "heads". The
obverse probably became known as "tails" in contrast to heads, not because
of anything specific appearing on the verso of the coin. In Israel, by the
way, the "heads" of a coin is known as PALI, short for Palestine, which
appeared on the obverse of coins before Statehood. "Tails" is called EITZ
for the common image of a palm tree on the reverse of the coin. Even with a
10 on one side and a menora on the other,the sides are still called PALI and
EITZ. Oh, yes. This is a TTriddle for Parshat Ki Tavo. Almost forgot. The
promise, if we follow the Torah, is that we will be "head" (obverse) and not
 The haftara of Ki Tavo has a prophecy of the time of the Geula, when
copper will be replaced by gold and iron will be replaced by silver. Copper
and iron are among the list of base metals and gold and silver are among the
noble metals. The transformation of base metals into noble metals,
especially gold, is the quest of the alchemist. Nay, it is the definition af
 TAVO EL, you will come/go to... is followed by "your fathers", when G-d
spoke to Avra(ha)m at the Brit Bein HaBetarim, telling him some of the
future of his descendants. My family, MISHPACHTI, follows KI TAVO EL in the
context of Avraham sending Eliezer to his hometown. EL HAARETZ appears a
number of times. Elsewhere in Tanach, the phrase is followed by two WHEREs
and a WHO - Bavel, Eretz M'shovevet... and MELECH HATZAFON, the king of the
And 5 unexplained ParshaPix elements
 Green pepper with YES & NO. Is pepper a PRI HAADAMA. Well, as far as Ki
Tavo is concerned, the answer is YES and NO. The command to take of the
first fruits of the land, PRI HAADAMA does NOT include green pepper. Only
the Seven Species. On the other hand, later in the sedra when the PRI
HAADAMA is to be blessed (if, and not so if not), pepper is assumedly
included in that term.
 At the top of the ParshaPix is a (spice) rack, representing another
promise for our faithful behavior, that will will be RACK L'MAALA, just at
the top. (Please forgive bad Hebrew-English puns.)
 The opened lock is for the prophecy in the haftara, that your gates
will be open always, day and night they will not be closed...
 The flower next to the 12 stones is a "forget-me-not", as in "... I did
not violate any mitzvot, nor did I forget." Part of Vidui Maasrot.
 The golf club (it's an IRON) is UNDER the STONES, as in the haftara:
V'TACHAT HA-AVANIM BARZEL.
This week's TTriddles:
 Moshe, Yehoshua, David, yehu, Baruch, Yirmiyahu, and who?
 Dalet, Ayin, Mem - only 3 of 16 (in a 4WS) without what?
 Please my tears in their mouths to us
 What mood is 9? (upside down 6)
 Bottom of the first, they are repeatedly called upon
 Opens with important advice for a happy RH
 When a piece of myocard replaces the gastrocnemilis
 Rain on it would produce oil of vitriol
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