Parsha

For the week ending 7 June 2014 / 9 Sivan 5774

Parshat Beha'alotcha

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Questions

  1. Toward which direction did the wicks of the menorah burn, and why?
  2. From what material and in what manner was the menorah made?
  3. Moshe was commanded to cleanse the levi'im by sprinkling on them "mei chatat." What is "mei chatat"?
  4. Which three "t'nufot" (wavings) are in the parsha?
  5. Why did G-d claim the first-born of the Jewish People as His possession?
  6. Why are the words "Bnei Yisrael" repeated five times in verse 8:19?
  7. When a levi reaches age 50, which functions may he still perform?
  8. Why was the mitzvah of Pesach Sheini not commanded directly to Moshe?
  9. What similarity is there between the menorah and the trumpets?
  10. What three purposes did trumpet signals serve?
  11. How many tribes marched between the Gershon-Merari detachment and that of Kehat? How was the time differential used?
  12. The tribe of Dan, who traveled last, was called "the gatherer of all the camps." What did they gather?
  13. When the Jewish People entered the Land, who took temporary possession of Jericho?
  14. Which aron is referred to in verse 10:33?
  15. Which two topics are out of chronological order in the parsha?
  16. Which tastes did the manna not offer, and why not?
  17. Moshe was commanded to choose 70 elders to help him lead the Jewish People. What happened to the elders who led the Jewish People in Egypt?
  18. Whom did Moshe choose as elders?
  19. What was the prophecy of Eldad and Medad?
  20. Why did Miriam merit to have the people wait for her?

Answers

All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated

  1. Toward which direction did the wicks of the menorah burn, and why?
    8:2 - They leaned toward the middle wick so people wouldn't say that the menorah was lit for its light.
  2. From what material and in what manner was the menorah made?
    8:4 - It was made from one solid piece of hammered gold.
  3. Moshe was commanded to cleanse the levi'im by sprinkling on them "mei chatat." What is "mei chatat"?
    8:7 - Water containing ashes of the para aduma.
  4. Which three "t'nufot" (wavings) are in the parsha?
    8:11 - The wavings of Kehat, Gershon and Merari.
  5. Why did G-d claim the first-born of the Jewish People as His possession?
    8:17 - Because in Egypt He spared them during makat bechorot.
  6. Why are the words "Bnei Yisrael" repeated five times in verse 8:19?
    8:19 - To show G-d's love for them.
  7. When a levi reaches age 50, which functions may he still perform?
    8:25 - Closing the courtyard gates of the Mishkan and Beit Hamikdash; singing during the avoda; loading the wagons to transport the Mishkan.
  8. Why was the mitzvah of Pesach Sheini not commanded directly to Moshe?
    9:7 - The people who asked about it were rewarded by being the catalyst for the teaching of this mitzvah.
  9. What similarity is there between the menorah and the trumpets?
    8:4, 10:2 - They were each made from a single, solid block.
  10. What three purposes did trumpet signals serve?
    10:2-7 - Announcement of the gathering of Bnei Yisrael, the gathering of the nesi'im, and the beginning of a move of the encampment.
  11. How many tribes marched between the Gershon-Merari detachment and that of Kehat? How was the time differential used?
    10:17-21 - Three: Reuven, Shimon and Gad. In the meantime Gershon and Merari set up the Mishkan.
  12. The tribe of Dan, who traveled last, was called "the gatherer of all the camps." What did they gather?
    10:25 - They gathered and returned things lost by the other tribes.
  13. When the Jewish People entered the Land, who took temporary possession of Jericho?
    10:32 - The children of Yitro.
  14. Which aron is referred to in verse 10:33?
    10:33 - The aron which held the broken pieces of the first tablets, that was taken to the battlefront.
  15. Which two topics are out of chronological order in the parsha?
    9:1, 10:35,36 - The Pesach sacrifice, and the traveling of the aron.
  16. Which tastes did the manna not offer, and why not?
    11:5 - Cucumbers, melons, leeks, onion and garlic - these are harmful to nursing women.
  17. Moshe was commanded to choose 70 elders to help him lead the Jewish People. What happened to the elders who led the Jewish People in Egypt?
    11:16 - They were consumed in the fire at Taverah (11:3).
  18. Whom did Moshe choose as elders?
    11:16 - People who were supervisors in Egypt and had pity on Bnei Yisrael at risk to themselves.
  19. What was the prophecy of Eldad and Medad?
    11:28 - "Moshe will die and Yehoshua will lead the Jewish People into the Land."
  20. Why did Miriam merit to have the people wait for her?
    12:15 - Because she waited for Moshe when he was cast into the river.

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