Friday, March 13, 2009

The Ki Tisa - Parah Connection

This year, as with many years, Parshat Parah falls out on the week of Parshat Ki Tisa. Ki Tisa is, by far, the most common Perasha upon which Parshat Parah falls out. The reason is likely due to the famous Rashi, who quotes a Midrash Aggada that gives an explanation for the reason why the Parah is used to purify one who is Tamei Meit. Rashi says:

פרה אדמה - משל לבן שפחה שטינף פלטין של מלך אמרו תבא אמו ותקנח הצואה כך תבא פרה ותכפר על העגל

which means that the Parah Adumah is an atonement for the episode of the Golden Calf. This episode is a prominent part of Parshat Ki Tisa.

I looked up all the times Parshat Parah falls out on Parshat Ki Tisa in the past 109 years and in the next 10 years. I noticed no repeating pattern, but I did notice that it always repeats Parshat Ki Tisa between 1-4 years after the previous time. I would say that when the frequency is every 3 years, I'll call that "Normal". When it's less than 3 years (i.e. 1-2 years), I'll call that a "Flood". When it's 4 years, I'll call that a "Drought". See the chart below.

I noticed that we're now in the tail-end of a "Flood". And it matches the biggest "Flood" of the last century, that being 8 years of reading Ki Tisa out of 12. The previous 12-year Flood (5682-5693) had a "Drought" immediately preceding it. This one(5759-5770) has no "Drought" immediately before or after it. (As an aside, notice how the 5682-5693 flood also contained an Erev Pesah Birkat Hahama.)

What this means is subject to interpretation, but it could mean that we will finally be atoned for the episode of the Golden Calf, and we will be coming closer to getting back our crowns that we lost at Mt. Sinai.

May the words of the Haftara finally ring true:

וזרקתי עליכם מים טהורים וטהרתם


Jewish Year Secular Year Perasha Patterns  
5779 2019 Shemini
5778 2018 Vayakhel/Pekudei
5777 2017 Ki Tisa
5776 2016 Shemini End Drought
5775 2015 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5774 2014 Shemini Begin Drought
5773 2013 Ki Tisa  
5772 2012 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5771 2011 Shemini  
5770 2010 Ki Tisa End Flood
5769 2009 Ki Tisa  
5768 2008 Shemini  
5767 2007 Ki Tisa  
5766 2006 Ki Tisa  
5765 2005 Shemini  
5764 2004 Ki Tisa  
5763 2003 Tzav  
5762 2002 Ki Tisa  
5761 2001 Ki Tisa  
5760 2000 Tzav  
5759 1999 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5758 1998 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5757 1997 Tzav  
5756 1996 Ki Tisa  
5755 1995 Shemini  
5754 1994 Vayakhel  
5753 1993 Ki Tisa  
5752 1992 Shemini  
5751 1991 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5750 1990 Ki Tisa  
5749 1989 Tzav  
5748 1988 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5747 1987 Ki Tisa  
5746 1986 Tzav End Drought
5745 1985 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5744 1984 Shemini Begin Drought
5743 1983 Ki Tisa End Flood
5742 1982 Ki Tisa  
5741 1981 Shemini  
5740 1980 Ki Tisa  
5739 1979 Ki Tisa  
5738 1978 Shemini  
5737 1977 Ki Tisa  
5736 1976 Tzav  
5735 1975 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5734 1974 Vayakhel  
5733 1973 Tzav  
5732 1972 Ki Tisa  
5731 1971 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5730 1970 Tzav  
5729 1969 Ki Tisa  
5728 1968 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5727 1967 Shemini  
5726 1966 Ki Tisa  
5725 1965 Shemini  
5724 1964 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5723 1963 Ki Tisa  
5722 1962 Tzav  
5721 1961 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5720 1960 Ki Tisa  
5719 1959 Tzav End Drought
5718 1958 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5717 1957 Shemini Begin Drought
5716 1956 Ki Tisa End Flood
5715 1955 Ki Tisa  
5714 1954 Shemini  
5713 1953 Ki Tisa  
5712 1952 Ki Tisa  
5711 1951 Shemini  
5710 1950 Ki Tisa  
5709 1949 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5708 1948 Shemini End Drought
5707 1947 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5706 1946Tzav Begin Drought
5705 1945 Ki Tisa  
5704 1944 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5703 1943 Tzav  
5702 1942 Ki Tisa  
5701 1941 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5700 1940 Shemini  
5699 1939 Ki Tisa  
5698 1938 Shemini  
5697 1937 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5696 1936 Ki Tisa  
5695 1935 Tzav  
5694 1934 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5693 1933 Ki Tisa End Flood
5692 1932 Tzav  
5691 1931 Ki Tisa  
5690 1930 Ki Tisa  
5689 1929 Tzav  
5688 1928 Ki Tisa  
5687 1927 Shemini  
5686 1926 Ki Tisa  
5685 1925 Ki Tisa  
5684 1924 Shemini  
5683 1923 Ki Tisa  
5682 1922 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5681 1921 Shemini End Drought
5680 1920 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5679 1919 Tzav Begin Drought
5678 1918 Ki Tisa  
5677 1917 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5676 1916Shemini  
5675 1915 Ki Tisa  
5674 1914 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5673 1913 Shemini  
5672 1912 Ki Tisa End Flood
5671 1911 Ki Tisa  
5670 1910 Shemini  
5669 1909 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5668 1908 Tzav  
5667 1907 Vayakhel/Pekudei  
5666 1906 Ki Tisa End Flood
5665 1905 Tzav  
5664 1904 Ki Tisa Begin Flood
5663 1903Vayakhel 
5662 1902 Tzav  
5661 1901 Ki Tisa  
5660 1900 Shemini  

3 Comments:

At Sun Mar 15, 10:58:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The atonement for the Egel will have to include removal of the "root cause" which was the influence of the Eruv Rav. Per the Vilna Gaon, the modern day Eruv Rav will be the "leaders" of Klal Yisrael in our last Golus and are sometimes arrogant wealthy people that are make big donations to build Shuls and decorate Sifrei Torah to make a name for themselves. It is very likely a few of the Eruv Rav's have lost some power during the financial meltdown. See http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14216&pgnum=100&hilite=

 
At Sun Mar 15, 11:35:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is also interesting that per your chart, the last 12 year "flood" included the crash of 1929 which probably wiped out many of the Eruv Ravs, of course many more died al kiddush Hashem in Europe following that flood. For more on the Eruv Rav see http://toralog.blogspot.com/2005/07/learning-to-wait.html

 
At Tue Jun 14, 11:37:00 PM 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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