Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Bonus Laining Quiz

Hope everyone had a nice yom tov, or at least a nice weekend as the case may be.

Since my pre-Simchas Torah trivia question was answered so quickly, here's a bonus quiz, also on the subject of laining [torah reading], a cycle we will begin anew this Shabbos:

In most years, there are several Shabbosim on which we read two parshas - e.g, Nitzavim-Valeyech a few weeks ago. However, there are four occasions on which we don't lain two full parshas, but we still finish two parshas. What are they?

Update 10/17: Answers now in Comments. Hint: All four cases occur this year.


At 10/16/06, 4:41 PM, Blogger Elder of Ziyon said...

Parshas Zachor is one.

At 10/17/06, 1:38 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I think that the 8th day of Channukah is the other.

At 10/17/06, 1:53 PM, Blogger Elie said...

EoZ and SD - correct. The other two cases actually both happened this past week! So the four cases are:

1) Shmini Atzeres: For the main laining we read "aser ti'aser" which finishes parshas Re'eh, and for maftir we read the karbon for Shmini Atzeres which finishes parshas Pinchas.

2) Simchas Torah: For the main laining we read parshas V'zos Haberachah to the end, and as maftir we again read the karbon for Shmini Atzeres which finishes parshas Pinchas.

3) As per EoZ, on shabbos parshas zachor we finish whatever regular parsha we read, plus finish parshas Ki Seitzei by reading zachor.

4) As per Soccer Dad, when Shabbos is the eighth day of Chanukah (as it is this year), we read the regular parsha - invariably Miketz - and then finish parshas Naso for the maftir.

Thanks for playing!

At 10/18/06, 6:15 PM, Anonymous Daniel Katsman said...

In Jerusalem when Shushan Purim falls on Shabbat, they read the parsha plus Vayavo Amalek, which ends BeShalach.

We haven't been in touch, but I was very sorry to hear about Aaron z"l last year. I have been lurking on your blog on and off for a year and am impressed by the way you have expressed your feelings and your descriptions of Aaron.


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