Friday, September 21, 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.


פָּרָשָׁת וַיֵּלֶךְ
Parshas Vayeilech
דְּבָרִים / Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30

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Moshe is old – at the end of his life,
His days full of travel, of feuding and strife;
Of birthdays, he’s already had good n’ plenty,
And now his last age is __________!

[ 2 ]

If you were nearing your own end,
You might for doctors quickly send,
But if anything, Moshe has more need
Of composers, with great speed!  What was he doing?

[ 3 ]

Of course, a good leader is so hard to find
A leader for me-a and you-a and you-a
But out of the people, one name comes to mind,
And that’s Moshe’s brave young friend, __________!

[ 4 ] BONUS!

This Torah, that Torah – can’t you decide?
How do we know which one’s bonafide?
Well, it seems they’re both true,
Though their meanings construe
Two meanings, practically side by side.  What are they?

[ 5 ]

For men and for women, it’s easy to see
To listen to Hakheil is necessary;
But why bring the babies to hear this old tome,
When it’s far more easy to leave them at home?

STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] One hundred and twenty (31:2).
[ 2 ] Writing the song known as Ha’azinu.  Of course, he didn’t need composers either, really; he wrote and taught it to the people himself.
[ 3 ] Yehoshua.
[ 4 ] The phrase “הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת,” this Torah, appears two lines apart (31:9, 31:11) with very different meanings!  The first means a Torah scroll, while the second, Rashi says, refers only to Devarim.
[ 5 ] Adults are rewarded for being there, but children are included, says Rashi (31:12), to reward those who bring them.  Plus, who’d babysit?

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