For the week ending 10 May 2003 / 8 Iyyar 5763
- Which male descendants of Aharon are exempt from the prohibition against contacting a dead body?
- Does a kohen have an option regarding becoming ritually defiled when his unmarried sister passes away?
- How does one honor a kohen?
- How does the Torah restrict the Kohen Gadol with regard to mourning?
- The Torah states in verse 22:3 that one who "approaches holy objects" while in a state of tumah (impurity) is penalized with excision. What does the Torah mean by "approaches"?
- What is the smallest piece of a corpse that is able to transmit tumah?
- Who in the household of a kohen may eat terumah?
- If the daughter of a kohen marries a "zar" she may no longer eat terumah. What is a zar?
- What is the difference between a neder and a nedavah?
- May a person slaughter an animal and its father on the same day?
- How does the Torah define "profaning" the Name of Hashem?
- Apart from Shabbos, how many days are there during the year about which the Torah says that work is forbidden?
- How big is an omer?
- On what day do we begin to "count the omer"?
- Why do we begin counting the omer at night?
- How does the omer differ from other minchah offerings?
- The blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah is called a "zichron teruah" (sound of remembrance). For what is it a reminder?
- What is unusual about the wood of the esrog tree?
- Who was the father of the blasphemer?
- What is the penalty for intentionally wounding one's parent?
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
- 21:1 - Challalim - those disqualified from the priesthood because they are descended from a relationship forbidden to a kohen.
- 21:3 - No, he is required to do so.
- 21:8 - He is first in all matters of holiness. For example, a kohen reads from the Torah first, and is usually the one to lead the blessings before and after meals.
- 21:10-12 - He may not allow his hair to grow long, nor attend to his close relatives if they die, nor accompany a funeral procession.
- 22:3 - Eats.
- 22:5 - A piece the size of an olive.
- 22:11 - He, his wife, his sons, his unmarried daughters and his non-Jewish slaves.
- 22:12 - A non-kohen.
- 22:18 - A neder is an obligation upon a person; a nedavah is an obligation placed upon an object.
- 22:28 - Yes. The Torah only prohibits slaughtering an animal and its mother on the same day.
- 22:32 - Willfully transgressing the commandments.
- 23:7-36 - Seven.
- 23:10 - One tenth of an eipha.
- 23:15 - On the 16th of Nissan.
- 23:15 - The Torah requires counting seven complete weeks. If we begin counting in the daytime, the seven weeks would not be complete, because according to the Torah a day starts at nightfall.
- 23:16 - It was made from barley.
- 23:24 - The akeidas (binding of) Yitzchak.
- 23:40 - It has the same taste as the fruit.
- 24:10 - The Egyptian killed by Moshe (Shemos 2:12).
- 24:21 - Death.