Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 5 September 2020 / 16 Elul 5780

Parashat Ki Tavo

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  1. When did the obligation to bring bikkurim begin?
  2. Bikkurim are from which crops?
  3. How does one designate bikkurim?
  4. Who shakes the basket containing the bikkurim?
  5. What does "v'anita v'amarta" mean?
  6. Which Arami "tried to destroy my father?"
  7. When during the year may bikkurim be brought? Until when are the special verses recited?
  8. Someone declaring that he separated terumah and ma'aser says: "And I didn't forget." What didn't he forget?
  9. What were the Jewish People to do with the 12 stones on Mount Eval?
  10. Six tribes stood on Mount Eval and six on Mount Gerizim. Who and what were in the middle?
  11. Who "causes the blind to go astray"?
  12. How does one "strike another secretly"?
  13. Eleven curses were spoken on Mount Eval. What is the significance of this number?
  14. Why are sheep called "ashterot"?
  15. How is the manner of expressing the curses in Parshat Bechukotai more severe than in this week's parsha?

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


  1. 26:1 - After the Land was conquered and divided.
  2. 26:2 - The seven species for which Eretz Yisrael is praised.
  3. 26:2 - When he sees the first fruit ripen on a tree, he binds a piece of straw around it to mark it as bikkurim.
  4. 26:4 - The kohen places his hands under the hands of the one bringing it, and they wave the basket together.
  5. 26:5 - Speak loudly.
  6. 26:5 - Lavan.
  7. 26:11 - Bikkurim are brought from Shavuot until Chanukah. The verses are recited only until Succot.
  8. 26:13 - To bless G-d.
  9. 27:2 - Build an altar.
  10. 27:12 - Kohanim, levi'im and the Holy Ark.
  11. 27:18 - Any person who intentionally gives bad advice.
  12. 27:24 - By slandering him.
  13. 27:24 - Each curse corresponds to one of the tribes, except for the tribe of Shimon. Since Moshe didn't intend to bless the tribe of Shimon before his death, he did not want to curse it either.
  14. 28:4 - Because they "enrich" (m'ashirot) their owners.
  15. 28:23 - In Bechukotai the Torah speaks in the plural, whereas in this week's parsha the curses are mentioned in the singular.

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