For the week ending 15 August 2020 / 25 Av 5780
- What were the sites designated for the "blessings and the curses" to be pronounced by the people?
- On what condition will Bnei Yisrael receive the blessings from Hashem?
- Why does the Torah use idolatry as an example when describing one who strays from the path that Hashem commanded?
- What was to be the sign for the Jewish People that they would inherit the Land?
- During the 14 years of the conquest and division of the Land, what types of offerings were permitted on private altars?
- What must one do with consecrated animals that develop a blemish?
- In what ways does a consecrated animal that develops a blemish retain a degree of kedusha (holiness) even after it has been redeemed?
- Why was the tribe of Yehuda not permitted to conquer Jerusalem?
- In consecutive verses, the Torah repeats the prohibition against eating blood. What two types of blood are referred to?
- Why were the Jewish People allowed to see the extermination of the Canaanites?
- What forms of idol worship are punishable by death?
- If a person performs miracles in the name of Hashem and then says that the laws of the Torah have been revised, what is done to this person?
- The Torah says, "to Him (Hashem) you shall cleave." How does one fulfill this command?
- The trial of a person accused of encouraging others to worship idols differs from the trial of other capital cases. How?
- Who has the primary responsibility of inflicting the punishment on one who tried to entice others to worship idols?
- What is the "source" of the Jewish People being an am kadosh (holy nation)?
- How should the Jewish People maintain themselves as an am kadosh?
- What is the order of priority regarding to whom one should give charity?
- What mitzvah recalls the Exodus from Egypt?
- Which four individuals are under Hashem's "special protection"?
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated.
- 11:26 - Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eval, respectively.
- 11:27 - On condition that they listen to Hashem's commandments.
- 11:28 - Because those who worship idols are considered as if they have strayed from the entire Torah.
- 11:31 - The miracles that would occur while crossing the Jordan River.
- 12:8 - Vow offerings or free-will offerings.
- 12:15 - They must be redeemed and may then be eaten.
- 12:15 - Eating it is permitted, but use of its milk or fleece is forbidden.
- 12:17 - When Avraham bought ma'arat hamachpelah, he made a covenant of peace with the Hittites who sold it. His descendants honored this pact regarding the Hittite descendants in Jerusalem.
- 12:24-25 - Blood that seeps slowly from the incision as soon as the cut is made and again after it no longer gushes. Blood absorbed into the limbs of the animal.
- 12:30 - To learn not to follow in their depraved ways.
- 12:30 - Slaughtering or burning a sacrifice on an altar, pouring libations, prostrating oneself, and any normal manner of worshipping that idol.
- 13:2-6 - He is put to death.
- 13:5 - One should emulate Hashem's actions by performing good deeds, assisting in burying the dead and visiting the sick.
- 13:10 - If he was acquitted and new information of a condemning nature arises, he is retried. If he was judged guilty, he is not returned to court to plead in his favor.
- 13:10 - The person whom the guilty one attempted to entice.
- 14:2 - The kedusha is inherited from the avot.
- 14:21 - By avoiding excesses even in permitted matters.
- 15:7 - The most needy, a brother from one's father, a brother from one's mother, the poor of one's city, the poor of another city.
- 16:3 - Eating the korban pesach and the matzah on the night of Pesach.
- 16:10 - A levi, convert, orphan, and widow.