Friday, September 14, 2012

Short Parsha Riddles: Nitzavim / נִצָּבִים

דְּבָרִים / Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

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Don’t forget to read this week’s Parsha Poems (Nitzavim-Vayelech Poem 1 and Poem 2) and parsha overview.  Plus… copywork and parsha activities – something for every week of the year.  Oh, and another AWESOME totally tied-in colouring page!!!


פָּרָשָׁת נִצָּבִים
Parshas Nitzavim
דְּבָרִים / Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

[ 1 ]

Come look, the Jews are ready now
To cross, or do as Hashem will allow;
They’re not just “standing” by the stream
They’re ready, waiting… __________!

[ 2 ]

No-one of us must be left out – no, all must be included
The Torah’s message, evermore, is meant for great and small;
For carpenters and tailors and, of course, as we’ve concluded,
Those who were not born to it, but drawn to it in thrall.  Who are they?

[ 3 ]

A secret hint in this week’s verse
Is coming to remind you.
No blessing, no, and not a curse;
But the month in which we’ll find you.  What is it?

[ 4 ]

Don't worry that keeping the Torah's too hard,
Don't think that Hashem will not call us
Moshe told us that if we can all stay on guard,
No bad things or harm will befall us;
And if we do t’shuvah, our misdeeds discard,
He will bring us all up out of __________!

[ 5 ] BONUS!

Am I a boy, am I a girl?
Well, this is true: I’m quite a pearl!
My wisdom can’t be found elsewhere
So – boy or girl – please say you care!  What am I?

STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] Nitzavim. Radak (Rabbi David Kimchi) explains that this uncommon word means they’re ready for Hashem’s instructions (29:9).
[ 2 ] Geirim – gerei tzedek; Jews by choice!
[ 3 ] “אֶת לְבָבְךָ וְאֶת לְבַב”(30:6), one of several traditional verses  used as an acronym of ELUL.
[ 4 ] Golus (exile, 30:3 – “galut” wouldn’t rhyme!).
[ 5 ] Torah. “In this Torah book” (29:20) appears here with the masculine “this” (zeh), but in Ki Savo with the feminine (zot).  Trop (cantillation marks) tell Rashi that “zot” means its teachings, but “zeh” is for the scroll itself, which is a boy.

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