## The Height of Lights

In parsha Beha’aloscha (Bamidbar 8:2) the Cohen is commaned to light the menorah in the temple.  Ramban explains that our lighting of the Chanaukah menorah is a continuation of this mitzvah.   Author: S. B. Schramm Math Level: Geometry Grade...

## The Tallest Sukkah

In Parshas Emor (Vayikra 23:42) we are commanded to sit in a succah on Succos. A sukkah cannot be more than 20 amahs high and it cannot be lower than 10 tefachim. The opinion of R Avraham Chaim Na’eh is that...

## City of Levites

The Torah gives instructions on how to construct the cities of the Levites. We need to give 1,000 amahs outside the city for open space (Bamidbar 35: 4).Then it states that we need to give 2,000 amahs outside the city...

## 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...

## Gaon Around in Circles

The Haftorah of parshas Vayakhel, Shemos is from sefer Melachim ספר מלכים (Kings I) 7:23 describes the pool that was built in the house of שלמה המלך (King Solomon). The verse describes the pool as being circular with a diameter...

## 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...

## Sounds of the Shofar

In parshas Emor (Vayikra 23:24) we are instructed to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashonah.  On Rosh Hashana the shofar is blown with three different sounds; tekiah, shevarim and teruah.  According to most minhagim, there are 100 sounds blown before...