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    simcha613
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    Here are a few to twist your brain before Yom Kippur. Please share yours as well!!

    1. Where is the only place in Tanach where you have 3 consecutive words with the same exact letters, each word with different pronunciations, and different definitions (same exact letters… kodesh and kodoshim are not the same letters, and the words can be spelled the same way but they don’t have to be… for example each word can be spelled kuf dalet shin [as long as it’s a different pronunciation and definition] and the third word can be shin kuf dalt)?

    2. What are 4 Berachos (in Chutz La’Aretz) that are only made once a year?

    3. Besides for Pesach, Chanukah, and Sukkos, when can you have Kri’as HaTorah 5 days in a row?

    4. When did HaShem turn the waters of the world into chocolate (this is a pun)?

    Gmar chasimah tovah!

    #960026

    misterhock
    Member

    Question #3 could be even better!

    When do we Lein for 5 days in a row without saying Hallel?

    The answer being in a senerio like this year where we Lein on Rosh Hashana (Thursday and Friday), The the regular Shabbos Leining, then Sunday because of Tzom Gedalyah, and then a regular Monday Leining!

    #960027

    Dr. Pepper
    Participant

    1) ?

    2) Hadlakas Nerois for Yom Kippur, When one sees a tree budding, Lishmoa kol shofar when the second day of Rosh Hashana is on a Sunday and being killed al kiddush Hashem (once in a lifetime).

    3) Like mentioned above- this year. The other answer I heard- when Rosh Hashanah begins on a Friday- doesn’t happen in modern times.

    4) Vayoshoku Hamayim.

    #960028

    FrummyMcFrum
    Participant

    2. Hadlakas Nerois for Yom Kippur, When one sees a tree budding,bedikas chametz, and the bracha at the end of Nachem at mincha on tisha b’av

    btw, the question needs to be written “only once a year and every year”

    #960029

    haifagirl
    Participant

    Dr. Pepper and FrummyMcFrum:

    Perhaps I’m being dense from lack of nourishment today, but I don’t understand what your answers to #2 have to do with chutz la’aretz.

    #960030

    haifagirl-

    An Eretz Yisroel resident could’ve answered “Shavuous night kiddush” (among other brachos), which is made once yearly in E”Y and twice in C”L.

    [It’s not being dense at all. The key word “even in Chutz La’Aretz” may not be equally implicit to all readers.]

    #960031

    simcha613
    Participant

    good job on most of the answers! A hint to question one is that it’s in a possuk we say every day in davening

    #960032

    Sister Bear
    Member

    Here’s a riddle: Who is the most mentioned woman in Navi? (Think outside the box)

    #960033

    laffytaffy33
    Member

    The most mentioned woman in navi is “Tziruya” as in Yoav ben Tziruya etc…

    #960034

    anon for this
    Participant

    I would’ve guessed Izevel.

    #960035

    blinky
    Participant

    Here is an old one ( one of my favorites) It really needs hebrew ( im not sure how to do it- if s/o wants to they can rewrite it)

    Hasof sof haschalas sh’mi

    Haschalas sof sof sh’mi

    Sim Noach bateiva vezeh sh’mi

    What is the name?

    #960036

    rhj
    Member

    1) In aleinu we say umispalilim el al lo yoshae

    2) a-bircha hailanos b-al bier chametz c-nacheim d-lihadlik ner shel yom kippur

    Here’s a few more.

    Who died an chumash shmos and his son died in chumas vayikra?

    When do we say 24 words in a row that end with the same letter?

    #960037

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    Vidui?

    #960038

    blinky
    Participant

    Anyone on mine?

    #960039

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    Where in Tanach are there five consecutive two letter words? There are a few.

    #960040

    rhj
    Member

    Answer to OdAmiChay is Pichos

    #960041

    blinky
    Participant

    rhj- are you answering the riddle I posted up?

    #960042

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    pichos?

    #960043

    Moq
    Member

    who are the ten people who entered gan eden alive?

    #960044

    this has appeared here before

    two objects, one is mutar, one is assur

    bring them together, the asur item becomes mutar, the mutar item becomes asur.

    (it has nothing to do with the Parah Aduma)

    #960045

    rhj
    Member

    my bad, the answer to blinky is pichos

    #960046

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    Meat before it was kashured and salt

    #960047

    yes

    now a similar one (also famous):

    two different and unrelated activities activities, each one is assur when done by itself

    but when done at the same time they are both mutar

    made up example: wearing a yellow shirt is assur

    walking on grass is assur

    but if you walk on grass while wearing a yellow shirt, both walking on the grass and wearing the yellow shirt are mutar at that time

    #960048

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    this ones harder

    #960049

    i clarified my original post on this, see there

    #960050

    if you would like a hint, let me know

    #960051

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    That reminds me of another one…

    When is it considered “Kavod Hatorah” to wear a sefe Torah like clothing?

    #960052

    a Melech

    #960053

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    nope – a specific scenario which can chance upon anyone, theoritcaly

    #960054

    okay,youre looking for something else, but my answer is correct ,no?

    how about, it is wrapped around ones body in order to smuggle it out of a situation where it would be destroyed, by a fire (no other way to get it out) or during a shmad

    #960055

    hint

    this riddle applies only to men, not women

    #960056

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    That adds on to my thoughts of it having to do with Tzitzis and Shatnez but I can’t put my finger on it. I don’t see why your first answer is correct. The second answer is close. The Mishna Berura gives the example of a storm on Shabbos and you outside the Eiruv. You wearing it by clothing allows you to rescue it.

    #960057

    rhj
    Member

    getting a haircut from a eino yehudi while looking in a mirror

    #960058

    it is a Mitzvah for a Melech to wear a Sefer Torah on his arm (a very small one)

    your answer is interesting, but i still expect full credit for my answers. 🙂

    thats riddle etiquette, a true answer is acceptable even if it is not the answer that the asker was expecting.

    #960059

    its not Tzitzis and shaatnez

    that would be related activities

    these are two unrelated activities

    see my original post

    it would be similar to the wearing a yellow shirt and walking on grass situation

    #960060

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    I’m not denying you credibility I just don’t know well enough, I suppose its close enough though

    #960061

    im not 100% sure about the King

    the other scenarios are pretty logical though

    how about i get half credit for my second answer and we put the Melech answer on hold for now

    #960062

    youve got 30 minutes to solve the riddle

    Go!

    #960063

    OdAmiChay
    Member

    I give up

    #960064

    1. gazing in a mirror

    2. allowing a goy to cut your hair

    it is mutar to even concentrate on your image in a mirror to protect you from the goy.

    it is mutar for a goy to cut your hair if you can observe him in a mirror

    #960065

    blinky
    Participant

    rhj- im not sure if it was a typo or something but the answer to my riddle is “Pinchos” not “Pichos”. Its a fun one, no?

    #960066

    rhj
    Member

    Very original!

    #960067

    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Where do you find a pasuk in the torah with aramaic words in it?

    #960068

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    y’gar sahadusa.

    The Wolf

    #960069

    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Good bikeeyus velvel, good bikeeyus. Though if I were a rebbe I might only give you half marks cos you gave the words when you were actually asked where the pasuk was…

    Here’s another question (not really a riddle): for how long did the jews eat matzo when they left mitzrayim

    #960070

    morah reyna
    Member

    Heres a tough one: Which 2 pesukim in the Torah contain all the letters of the alef-bais?

    Where in davening do we have 5 consecutive words beginning with the letter alef?

    #960071

    morah reyna
    Member

    About the ten people, I know a few. Sarach bas Asher

    Chanoch (ben yered)

    Eliyahu Hanavi (who was previously Pinchas).

    #960072

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Where in davening do we have 5 consecutive words beginning with the letter alef?

    In the same place that we have it in the chumash.

    The Wolf

    #960073

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Though if I were a rebbe I might only give you half marks cos you gave the words when you were actually asked where the pasuk was…

    My apologies. It’s B’raishis 31:47.

    The Wolf

    #960074

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    it is a Mitzvah for a Melech to wear a Sefer Torah on his arm (a very small one)

    Minor nitpick: It’s a mitzvah for a king to have a sefer Torah with him at all times. It is not, however, a mitzvah for him to wear it on his arm. It may have been done that way for convenience, but it’s certainly not required.

    The Wolf

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