Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 22 September 2012 / 5 Tishri 5773

Parshat Vayelech

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Questions

  1. Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in..." How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?
  2. Which of Moshe's statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by Hashem's command?
  3. Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?
  4. Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?
  5. What does it mean that Hashem "hides His face?"
  6. What function does the song Ha'azinu serve?
  7. Which verse promises that the Torah will never be totally forgotten?
  8. What is the difference of opinion regarding the placing of the Torah scroll which Moshe gave the levi'im?
  9. On the day of Moshe's death, why didn't Moshe gather the people by blowing trumpets as he normally would have?
  10. Moshe said, "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly," but, in fact, this didn't occur until after Yehoshua's death. What does this teach us?

Answers

  1. Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in..." How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?
    31:2 - Because verse 34:7 says "His (Moshe's) eye never dimmed, and his (youthful) moisture never departed."
  2. Which of Moshe's statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by Hashem's command?
    31:7 - Moshe told Yehoshua to share his leadership with the Elders. Hashem later commanded Yehoshua to rule alone.
  3. Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?
    31:10 - Because the laws of the seventh year still apply to the harvest.
  4. Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?
    31:12 - To give reward to those who bring them.
  5. What does it mean that Hashem "hides His face?"
    31:17 - He ignores their distress.
  6. What function does the song Ha'azinu serve?
    31:21 - It warns what will befall the Jewish People if they abandon Torah.
  7. Which verse promises that the Torah will never be totally forgotten?
    31:21 - "For (the Torah) will not be forgotten from the mouth of their offspring."
  8. What is the difference of opinion regarding the placing of the Torah scroll which Moshe gave the levi'im?
    31:26 - Whether it was placed outside but adjacent to the Ark, or inside next to the Tablets.
  9. On the day of Moshe's death, why didn't Moshe gather the people by blowing trumpets as he normally would have?
    31:28 - Blowing the trumpets expressed Moshe's dominion, and "there is no dominion on the day of death." (Kohelet 8)
  10. Moshe said, "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly," but, in fact, this didn't occur until after Yehoshua's death. What does this teach us?
    31:29 - That a person's student is as dear to him as himself As long as Yehoshua was alive, it was as though Moshe himself

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