## 613

Author: Miryam Alter Math Level: Prime Numbers Grade Level: middle school Topics: Prime numbers, square roots, factors, division The Question: ——————- Is 613 a prime number? The Answer: —————– Yes it is prime. You need only check odd numbers up...

## When’s Mincha?

We are told in parsha Eikev (Devarim 10:20) “Him you shall serve”.  This is the commandment that requires us to pray to Hashem. A standard hour (SH) that we normally use is 60 minutes long. A halachic hour (HH) is...

## 42 Stops

During the 40 years in the wilderness the Jews stopped in 42 different locations. If the trips had been evenly distributed during the 40 years how many months apart would have been each of the trips? (Round the answer to...

## Proper Portioning of Pomegranates

When a farmer harvests his field he is required to give a portion of the harvest to the Cohen and Levi. (Bamidbar 18: 25-32) The Torah does not specify how much he has to give. The Rabbis decreed that...

## Soldier’s Donation to the Temple

When the Jewish people returned from the war with Midian they took a large amount of gold as spoils of war. There were a total of 12,000 soldiers who were each given an equal share of the gold. (Bamidbar...

## Doomed to the Wilderness

The number of people who died each year in the wilderness   After the Jews sent spies into the land of Canaan they were punished. It was decreed that all 603,550 Jews (males above the age of 20) would...

## Oil, Wine and Flour

In Bamidbar (15:4) the Torah gives the amounts of the supplemental offerings that go with sacrifice. These fall into two general categories flour and libations (i.e. wine and oil). Each sacrifice received a different amount of flour and libations.  ...

## Applicants for Leadership Positions

Hashem instructed Moshe to gather 70 men to help lead the Jewish people. Each of the 12 tribes sent the same number of applicants for the job. (Bamidbar 11:16) Since 70 is not divisible by 12 there were slightly more...