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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Short Parsha Riddles: Lech Lecha / לֶךְ לְךָ

בְּרֵאשִׁית / Bereishis / Genesis 12:1-17:27

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Don’t forget to read this week’s Parsha Poems (Lech Lecha Poem 1 and Poem 2) and parsha overview.  Plus… copywork and parsha activities – something for every week of the year.


פָּרָשָׁת לֶךְ-לְךָ
Parshas Lech Lecha
בְּרֵאשִׁית / Bereishis / Genesis 12:1-17:27

[ 1 ]

image Leave your land, get on your way,
Shlepping and trudging for many a day;
For Hashem had spoken, and so we know,
Avram went when Hashem said, “__________!”

[ 2 ]

Avram stood out among others around,
Treading that holy and crumbling ground.
But he wasn’t the first one to walk there or stand,
Because there were __________ then in the land.

[ 3 ]

He changed his life at Hashem’s holy word,
Moving though others might think it absurd.
The very first Jew, and none more so than He,
He came from across, so they called him __________!

[ 4 ] BONUS

The midrash says you’ve met me before
But another “name” in those days I bore;
Much older now, this reunion I see,
Spreading out bracha to Avram, from me.  Who am I?

[ 5 ]

You’d think a number would bring clarity,
But here’s a small irregularity;
No matter how you roared and thundered,
You might not count us to four hundred!  What are we?

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STUMPED?? Here are some answers: 
[ 1 ] Go (12:1).
[ 2 ] The K’naani (כְּנַעֲנִי) – Canaanite people (12:6).
[ 3 ] Ivri, the root of the modern word “Hebrew,” which means “across” the Yardein river (14:13).
[ 4 ] Melchitzedek, king of Shalem, who Rashi identifies with Shem, son of Noach, and Avram’s (7 greats!)-grandfather (14:18).  Shem means “name” – hence the quotes.
[ 5 ] The years of bnei Yisrael’s slavery, which Rashi attempts to reconcile with the actual 210 years in Mitzrayim (15:13).

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