TORAH RIDDLE, RHYME AND REASON

Riddle:

Who wrote it, we cannot really say

Cause it came floating down from the Heavens one day

To our prayers it was added by Anshe Kenesset Hagedola

Do you know which part this is of our Tefillah?

Rhyme:

It’s hard to know

Where I go

Here’s a tip

So you won’t slip

When ever you see a daled or a kaf,

And also a bet, gimel, peh or taf

At the beginning of a word

To put me there is not absurd

Now also look again I’m found

After sheva nah which makes no sound!

Who am I?

Reason:

Why isn’t Moshe’s name mentioned in the Hagaddah?

Answers

Riddle:

Baruch She’amar.

Rhyme:

dagesh kal

Reason:

Moshe isn’t mentioned at all in the Hagaddah so that we clearly know that it was only Hashem that took us out of Egypt. Although Moshe was his messenger in performing many of the miracles, everything Moshe did was only through the power of Hashem.

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Riddle:

The Torah says that one of the strings of our sissit  should be techelet (blue). So why are all the strings white on the sissit worn by the people in our community?

Rhyme:

It’s that time of year again

When we mourn the deaths of righteous men.

Their Torah wisdom was so great

Yet they suffered this tragic fate.

We, so much smaller than they

Must recall the words our Sages say,

The reason for their untimely demise

And we’ll learn to act otherwise.

What was the cause of 24,000 dying

Was it from murdering, stealing, lying?

No my friends, not at all

Their misdeed seems insignificant, so small.

But if we see the damage it did cause

It surely should give us pause.

Now what were the words our hachamim said

That brought about this plague so dread?

Reason:

Why is it so important to pray together with a minyan?

Answers:

Riddle:

The blue dye that the Torah refers to is found in a certain fish called the hilazon. But according to many authorities, the tradition regarding the identity of the hilazon has been lost. And so, we no longer have the correct  dye to color the string of our sissit techelet.

Rhyme:

Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students died in a plague because “lo na’hagu kavod zeh bazeh – they did not act with enough respect toward one another.”

Reason:

When a person comes to Hashem with requests, his faults may outweigh his merits and thus he may not be worthy of having his prayer received. But when people come to pray together as a community, the group’s merits overpower individual faults. Thus, when one prays united with a minyan (a group of at least 10 men), his pleas, as part of the community, are always received in some measure. (Berachot 8a)

 

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