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Torah Portion Yitro

This Is Not Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, But It Could Be!

This week I will be teaching in an adult education program called, ” Sweet Tastes of Torah.”

A Community Night of Learning, presented by the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, Saturday Evening, February 2 Temple Emeth 1666 Windsor Road, Teaneck.  Cost: $15 per person pre-registered by Thursday, January 31; $20 (cash or check only) at door Dessert and schmoozing following classes  Advance Registration at: sweet tastes of torah iv.

In the informative and humorous nature of the National Public Radio station program Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, I have created an educational program about the Ten Commandments. They are in this week’s portion Yitro. There are factual, tricky and humorous questions that will both entertain and inform you. Here are two of questions I will pose. The correct answers will be in my d’var Torah in the Insider next week as well as in my study session Saturday night. Remember, there may be more than one correct answer to each question. Good luck and remember that this quiz will not be graded!

1.   Yitro is one of those Biblical characters who has more than one name. He is also called Reuel and Chovav. Others in the Bible with more than one name include:

a.   Esther, also known as Hadassah

b.   Joseph, while in Egypt, also called Josephus

c.   Bosef, the son of Esau, also called Bocephus

d.   Pinchas, the zealot, also called Feivel

2.   There are 10 Commandments. That is the same number of people that comprises a minyan. Which is a correct statement about the relationship between these two 10s?

a.   The Rabbis derive that 10 are needed for a minyan because there are Ten Commandments.

b.   In order not to count “One, two, three, etc…” because it is considered bad luck to count people, in many synagogues a person memorizes the Ten Commandments and determines whether there is a minyan by saying the Ten Commandments out loud and seeing if each Commandment corresponds to a person.

c.   Are you kidding??? The Ten Commandments have nothing to do with ten in a minyan.

d.   In ancient times, in the city of Kefar Nachum, since the culture was verbal and many texts were memorized, as people gathered for a minyan, each person would recite one of the Ten Commandments. When the tenth person arrived and recited the last of the Ten Commandments the service would begin.