Parsha Q&A - Acharei Mos/Kedoshim

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Parshas Acharei Mos/Kedoshim

For the week ending 8 Iyar 5756; 26 & 27 April 1996

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    1. Why does the Torah emphasize that Parshas Acharei Mos was taught after the death of Aaron's sons?
    2. How long did the first Beis Hamikdash exist?
    3. What did the Kohen Gadol wear when he entered the Kodesh Kodashim?
    4. How many times did the Kohen Gadol change his clothing and immerse in the mikveh on Yom Kippur?
    5. One of the goats that was chosen by lot went to Azazel. What is Azazel?
    6. After the Yom Kippur service, what is done with the four linen garments worn by the Kohen Gadol?
    7. What is the penalty of kares?
    8. Which categories of animals must have their blood covered when they are slaughtered?
    9. What is the difference between "mishpat" and "chok"?
    10. May a man marry his wife's sister?


    1. Why was Parshas Kedoshim said in front of all the Jewish People?
    2. Why does the Torah mention the duty to honor one's father before it mentions the duty to honor one's mother?
    3. Why is the command to fear one's parents followed by the command to keep Shabbos?
    4. The Torah obligates one to leave the "leket" for the poor. What is "leket"?
    5. In Shemos 20:13, the Torah commands, "Do not steal." What does the Torah add when it commands in Vayikra 19:11, "Do not steal?"
    6. In verse 19:13, the Torah commands, "Do not do wrong to your neighbor." To what "wrong" is the Torah referring?
    7. When rebuking someone, what sin must one be careful to avoid?
    8. How does one give honor to the elderly?
    9. What punishment will never come to the entire Jewish People?
    10. When the Torah states a death penalty, but doesn't define it more precisely, to which penalty is it referring?

    Bonus Question
    The mitzvah of 'covering the blood' applies to chayos (e.g., deer) and fowl, but does not apply to beheimos (e.g., cows). Why not?

    I Did Not Know That!

    "You shall be holy... A man shall fear his mother and his father." (19:2-3)
    Whenever Jews preserve the sanctity of family life, the children honor and obey their parents. Whenever the sanctity of family life declines, the honor the children show their parents also declines.
    Mayana shel Torah

    Recommended Reading List


    The Scapegoat
    Meat in the Midbar
    Prohibition Against Eating Blood

    Sefer HaChinuch
    The Sanctity of the Mishkan
    Yom Kippur
    Covering the Blood



    Be Holy
    Who May Not Be Cursed
    Love and Rebuke
    Love Your Neighbor
    Honoring the Elderly

    Sefer Hachinuch
    Swearing Falsely
    Tale Bearing
    Standing Idly

    Answers to this Week's Questions

    Questions | Contents

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


    1. 16:1 - To strengthen the warning not to enter the Kodesh Kodashim except on Yom Kippur.
    2. 16:3 - 410 years.
    3. 16:4 - Only the four linen garments worn by an ordinary Kohen.
    4. 16:4 - Five times.
    5. 16:8 - A jagged cliff.
    6. 16:23 - They must be put into geniza and not be used again.
    7. 17:9 - One's offspring die and one's own life is shortened.
    8. 17:13 - Non domesticated kosher animals and all species of kosher birds.
    9. 18:4 - A "mishpat" conforms to the human sense of justice. A "chok" is a law whose reason is not given to us and can only be understood as a Hashem's decree.
    10. 18:18 - Yes, but not during the lifetime of his wife.


    1. 19:2 - Because the fundamental teachings of the Torah are contained in this Parsha.
    2. 19:3 - Since it is more natural to honor one's mother, the Torah stresses the obligation to honor one's father.
    3. 19:3 - To teach that one must not violate Torah law even at the command of one's parents.
    4. 19:9 - "Leket" is one or two stalks of grain that are accidentally dropped while harvesting.
    5. 19:11 - The Torah in Vayikra prohibits monetary theft. In Shemos it prohibits kidnapping.
    6. 19:13 - Withholding wages from a worker.
    7. 19:17 - Causing embarrassment.
    8. 19:32 - By not sitting in their seat nor contradicting their statements.
    9. 20:3 - "Kares" - the entire Jewish People will never be "cut off."
    10. 20:10 - Death by "chenek" (strangulation).

    Bonus Question
    Beheimos were the main animals used for korbanos and their blood was sprinkled on the Mizbe'ach. Since the blood of korbanos could not be covered, the Torah never required covering the blood of a beheima -- even one that is not a korban.
    Sefer HaChinuch 187

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