Parsha Q&A - Eikev

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Parshas Eikev

For the week ending 18 Av 5759; 30 & 31 July 1999

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    Parsha Questions

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    1. What must the Jewish People do to ensure that Hashem will fulfill His promise to do good for us?
    2. What were the: a) 'wonders'; b) 'strong hand'; c) 'outstretched arm' - that the Jewish People witnessed in Egypt?
    3. When a mitzvah is performed by a group of people whose name is attached to it?
    4. How did the Jewish People do their laundry while in the Midbar?
    5. How did the Jewish People obtain clothing for their growing children while they lived in the Midbar?
    6. How many days did Moshe spend on Mt. Sinai altogether?
    7. On what day did Moshe come down from Mt. Sinai having received complete forgiveness for the Jewish People?
    8. Hashem was angry at Aaron because of his role in the sin of the golden calf. How was Aaron punished?
    9. Who made the Aron in which Moshe placed the second set of Luchos when he came down from Mt. Sinai? What special function did it later serve?
    10. Which sin committed by the Jewish People was prompted by the death of Aaron?
    11. Why were the Levi'im selected by Hashem from among the Jewish People?
    12. Why do the Levi'im have no portion in the land?
    13. All aspects of man's life are In Hashem's 'hands' except one. What is this?
    14. What is the "added benefit" of observing the mitzvos?
    15. What is meant by circumcising one's heart?
    16. What are the sources of water for the fields of Egypt and Eretz Yisrael?
    17. What path does the Torah prescribe for gaining new knowledge?
    18. Which activity is 'serving Hashem with the heart'?
    19. When the Jewish People sin, why are they considered worse than the generation of the flood?
    20. How does one 'cleave to Hashem'?


    I Did Not Know That!

    A certain man leading the prayers said, "The great G­d, the Mighty, the Awesome, the Powerful, the Valiant..." Rabbi Chanina said to him, "Have you exhausted the praises of Hashem? Even the three praises that we say, if they were not written by Moshe in the Torah and established in our prayer service by the Anshei Knesses Hagdola, then these too we would not be permitted to voice."

    (Megilla 25a)


    Recommended Reading List

    Ramban
    8:2
    Lesson of the Midbar
    8:9
    Resources of the Land
    8:10
    Blessing After the Meal
    8:18
    Source of Power
    9:8
    Responsibility
    9:28
    In defense of the Jewish People
    10:12
    For Our Sake
    11:10
    Better Than Egypt
    11:13
    Individual and Community
    Sforno
    7:12
    Hashem's Direct Influence
    7:24
    Royal Adversaries
    8:1
    Advantage of Observance

    Sefer Hachinuch
    430
    Blessing After the Meal
    431
    Loving the Convert
    432
    Fear of Hashem
    433
    Prayer
    434
    Cleaving to the Wise

    Answers to this Week's Questions

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

    1. What must the Jewish People do to ensure that Hashem will fulfill His promise to do good for us?
      7:12 - Guard even the 'light' commandments.

    2. What were the: a) 'wonders'; b) 'strong hand'; c) 'outstretched arm' - that the Jewish People witnessed in Egypt?
      7:19 - The: a) Plagues; b) Pestilence; c) Slaying of the firstborn.

    3. When a mitzvah is performed by a group of people whose name is attached to it?
      8:1 - The person who finishes it.

    4. How did the Jewish People do their laundry while in the Midbar?
      8:4 - The Ananei Kavod (Clouds of Glory) would clean and bleach their clothing.

    5. How did the Jewish People obtain clothing for their growing children while they lived in the Midbar?
      8:4 - As their children grew, their clothing grew with them.

    6. How many days did Moshe spend on Mt. Sinai altogether?
      9:18 - 120 days.

    7. On what day did Moshe come down from Mt. Sinai having received complete forgiveness for the Jewish People?
      9:18 - The tenth of Tishrei, Yom Kippur.

    8. Hashem was angry at Aaron because of his role in the sin of the golden calf. How was Aaron punished?
      9:20 - His two sons died.

    9. Who made the Aron in which Moshe placed the second set of Luchos when he came down from Mt. Sinai? What special function did it later serve?
      10:1 - Moshe made the Aron while he was on Mt. Sinai. This became the Aron that would accompany the Jewish People into battle.

    10. Which sin committed by the Jewish People was prompted by the death of Aaron?
      10:6-7 - When Aaron died the Ananei Kavod disappeared. The Jewish People fearing war with the King of Arad appointed a leader and retreated toward Egypt eight stations. The Levi'im fought with them and forced them to return.

    11. Why were the Levi'im selected by Hashem from among the Jewish People?
      10:8 - Because they did not participate in the sin of the golden calf.

    12. Why do the Levi'im have no portion in the land?
      10:9 - They were chosen to serve for the service of the Mizbeach (altar) and thus were not free to work the land.

    13. All aspects of man's life are In Hashem's 'hands' except one. What is this?
      10:12 - Fear of Heaven is dependent upon the person.

    14. What is the "added benefit" of observing the mitzvos?
      10:13 - There is reward.

    15. What is meant by circumcising one's heart?
      10:16 - To remove those things that block the words of Torah from entering.

    16. What are the sources of water for the fields of Egypt and Eretz Yisrael?
      11:10 - Egypt is irrigated by manually carrying water up from the Nile. Eretz Yisrael is supplied by rainwater requiring no work on the part of its inhabitants.

    17. What path does the Torah prescribe for gaining new knowledge?
      11:13 - By repeatedly reviewing what one knows, one more easily acquires new knowledge.

    18. Which activity is 'serving Hashem with the heart'?
      11:13 - Prayer.

    19. When the Jewish People sin, why are they considered worse than the generation of the flood?
      11:17 - Because the generation of the flood had no one from whom to learn.

    20. How does one 'cleave to Hashem'?
      11:22 - Attaching oneself to Torah scholars.


    Written and Compiled by Rabbi Eliyahu Kane & Rabbi Reuven Subar
    General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
    Production Design: Eli Ballon


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