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Living with the Parshah

Why does the Torah reverse commandments? And why are people shouting out numbers in the synagogue? Is this some sort of math contest?

Ben laughed to himself. How could you think they would rest first? But Mr. Benson didn't laugh. "Good question," he said...
"It doesn't sound as if he cares whether we win or lose," Ben said to David as they jogged out to the field. "All he says is, 'if you do this you will win, if you do that you will lose.' It's all 'if you,' 'if you.'"
Why are people shouting out numbers in the synagogue? Is this some sort of math contest? Not really, in fact, it is a perfectly appropriate synagogue activity...
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