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Parshas Acharei Mos - Kedoshim

For the week ending 8 Iyar 5759 / 23 & 24 April 1999

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    Parsha Questions

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    ACHAREI MOS

    1. Why does the Torah emphasize that Parshas Acharei Mos was taught after the death of Aharon's sons?
    2. How long did the first Beis Hamikdash stand?
    3. What did the kohen gadol wear when he entered the Holy of Holies?
    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?

    KEDOSHIM

    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 Shmos 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 wrong 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 fulfill the command "v'hadarta p'nei zakein"?
    9. What punishment will never come to the entire Jewish People?
    10. When the Torah states a death penalty but doesn't define it precisely, to which type of death penalty is it referring?


    I Did Not Know That!

    The Torah forbids eating the blood of domestic animals "because the soul is in the blood." (Vayikra 17:11) The blood of wild animals is also forbidden, but with opposite phrasing: Because "its blood is in its soul." (Vayikra 17 14). Why does the Torah reverse the wording?

    A domestic animal "sells its soul" to its human master. In exchange for food and shelter, it is milked, shorn, worked and...slaughtered. But a wild animal runs from such security. It prefers to face freezing winters, burning summers and prowling predators as the price of independence.

    Thus, a domestic animal's "soul is in its blood;" i.e., its spirit of independence is prisoner within its "blood-desires" for safety and ease. By contrast, the wild animal's "blood is in its soul;" its "blood-desires" are engulfed by its overwhelming independent spirit.

    (Based on Moznaim L'Torah)


    Recommended Reading List

    Acharei Mos

    Ramban
    16:21
    The Scapegoat
    17:2
    Meat in the Midbar
    17:7
    Demons
    17:11
    Prohibition Against Eating Blood

    Sefer HaChinuch
    184
    The Sanctity of the Mishkan
    185
    Yom Kippur
    187
    Covering the Blood

    Sforno
    16:30
    Repentance
    17:7
    Demons
    Kedoshim

    Ramban
    19:2
    Be Holy
    19:14
    Who May Not Be Cursed
    19:17
    Love and Rebuke
    19:18
    Love Your Neighbor
    19:30
    Shabbos
    19:32
    Honoring the Elderly

    Sefer Hachinuch
    227
    Swearing Falsely
    236
    Tale Bearing
    237
    Standing Idly
    238
    Hatred
    239
    Rebuke


    Answers to this Week's Questions

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

    ACHAREI MOS

    1. Why does the Torah emphasize that Parshas Acharei Mos was taught after the death of Aharon's sons?
      16:1 - To strengthen the warning not to enter the Holy of Holies except on Yom Kippur.

    2. How long did the first Beis Hamikdash stand?
      16:3 - 410 years.

    3. What did the kohen gadol wear when he entered the Holy of Holies?
      16:4 - Only the four linen garments worn by an ordinary kohen.

    4. How many times did the kohen gadol change his clothing and immerse in the mikveh on Yom Kippur?
      16:4 - Five times.

    5. One of the goats that was chosen by lot went to Azazel. What is Azazel?
      16:8 - A jagged cliff.

    6. After the Yom Kippur service, what is done with the four linen garments worn by the kohen gadol?
      16:23 - They must be put into geniza and not be used again.

    7. What is the penalty of kares?
      17:9 - The person's life is shortened and his offspring die .

    8. Which categories of animals must have their blood covered when they are slaughtered?
      17:13 - Non-domesticated kosher animals and all species of kosher birds.

    9. What is the difference between "mishpat" and "chok"?
      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 Hashem's decree.

    10. May a man marry his wife's sister?
      18:18 - Not during his wife's lifetime.

    KEDOSHIM

    1. Why was Parshas Kedoshim said in front of all the Jewish People?
      19:2 - Because it contains the fundamental teachings of the Torah.

    2. Why does the Torah mention the duty to honor one's father before it mentions the duty to honor one's mother?
      19:3 - Since it is more natural to honor one's mother, the Torah stresses the obligation to honor one's father.

    3. Why is the command to fear one's parents followed by the command to keep Shabbos?
      19:3 - To teach that one must not violate Torah law even at the command of one's parents.

    4. The Torah obligates one to leave the "leket" for the poor. What is "leket"?
      19:9 - "Leket" is one or two stalks of grain that are accidentally dropped while harvesting.

    5. In Shmos 20:13, the Torah commands, "Do not steal." What does the Torah add when it commands in Vayikra 19:11, "Do not steal"?
      19:11 - The Torah in Vayikra prohibits monetary theft. In Shmos it prohibits kidnapping.

    6. In verse 19:13, the Torah commands, "Do not wrong your neighbor." To what "wrong" is the Torah referring?
      19:13 - Withholding wages from a worker.

    7. When rebuking someone, what sin must one be careful to avoid?
      19:17 - Causing embarrassment.

    8. How does one fulfill the command "v'hadarta p'nei zakein"?
      19:32 - By not sitting in their seat nor contradicting them.

    9. What punishment will never come to the entire Jewish People?
      20:3 - "Kares" - the entire Jewish People will never be "cut off."

    10. When the Torah states a death penalty but doesn't define it precisely, to which type of death penalty is it referring?
      20:10 - "Chenek" (strangulation).

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