Friday, July 20, 2012

Short Parsha Riddles: Matos-Masei / מַּטּוֹת-מַסְעֵי

בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 25:10-30:1

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Don’t forget to read my Parsha Poem (Matos and Masei) and parsha overview (both).  Plus… copywork and parsha activities – something for every week of the year!

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פָּרָשָׁת מַּטּוֹת-מַסְעֵי
Parshas Matos-Masei

בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 30:2-32:42 and 33:1-36:13

[1]

When it comes to cheeses, we all have our taste,
Some might like a muenster or cheddar,
But when thinking of vows, they must not go to waste,
For Hashem says to keep every __________!

[2]

Revenge on Bilam, that bad guy, is coming,
For the evil he worked in his days;
And just to be sure that he’ll quit all his humming,
Hashem said to kill him four ways.  What were they?

[3]

Another great tzaddik is here introduced
Related to Kaleiv, it can be deduced;
Another great leader, through family produced
A soldier in “book-town”who gave them a boost.  Who was he?

[4]

Though much of our parsha is all about going,
Stopping and starting, not thinking and knowing,
To see the big picture, don’t call your attorney,
Just know that the word Masei means a __________!

[5] BONUS!

A person by accident kills off his friend,
So off he would run by himself;
But there someone special would come and attend,
Bringing clothing and food for his shelf.  Who was she?

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STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] נֶדֶר / Neder
[ 2 ] Some say Bilam received all four capital punishments of human courts – skila/ stoning, srefa/ burning, hereg/ decapitation and chenek/ strangulation (Sanhedrin 106b).
[ 3 ] Kaleiv’s half-brotherבן קנז   עתניאל/ Osniel ben Knaz (Rashi 32:12).  In sefer Yehoshua, he conquers Kiryas Sefer, winning Kaleiv’s daughter in marriage (Yehoshua 15:17).
[ 4 ] Journey
[ 5 ] Killers could return to their home only when the kohein gadol died, so to avoid a curse, his mother would visit and appease the killers with gifts (Makkos 11b).

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