Parsha Q&A - Parshat Re'eh

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Parshat Re'eh

For the week ending 25 Av 5760 / 25 & 26 August 2000

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    Parsha Questions

    Answers | Contents
    1. What were the sites designated for the "blessings and the curses" to be pronounced by the people?
    2. On what condition will Bnei Yisrael receive the blessings from Hashem?
    3. Why does the Torah use idolatry as an example when describing one who strays from the path that Hashem commanded?
    4. What was to be the sign for the Jewish People that they would inherit the Land?
    5. During the 14 years of the conquest and division of the Land, what types of offerings were permitted on private altars?
    6. What must one do with consecrated animals that develop a blemish?
    7. In what ways does a consecrated animal that develops a blemish retain a degree of kedusha (holiness) even after it has been redeemed?
    8. Why was the tribe of Yehuda not permitted to conquer Jerusalem?
    9. In consecutive verses, the Torah repeats the prohibition against eating blood. What two types of blood are referred to?
    10. Why were the Jewish People allowed to see the extermination of the Canaanites?
    11. What forms of idol worship are punishable by death?
    12. 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?
    13. The Torah says, "to Him (Hashem) you shall cleave." How does one fulfill this command?
    14. The trial of a person accused of encouraging others to worship idols differs from the trial of other capital cases. How?
    15. Who has the primary responsibility of inflicting the punishment on one who tried to entice others to worship idols?
    16. What is the "source" of the Jewish People being an am kadosh (holy nation)?
    17. How should the Jewish People maintain themselves as an am kadosh?
    18. What is the order of priority regarding to whom one should give charity?
    19. What mitzvah recalls the Exodus from Egypt?
    20. Which four individuals are under Hashem's "special protection"?

    Recommended Reading List

    Ramban
    12:5
    Search for Hashem
    12:20-21
    Meat
    12:30
    Serving Hashem
    13:2
    False Prophets
    13:5
    The True Path
    14:1
    Limits of Grief
    14:3
    Forbidden Foods
    15:3
    Collecting Debts
    Sforno
    11:26
    Never Average
    14:1
    Limited Mourning
    15:4
    Wealth
    16:17
    Limits to Charity

    Sefer Hachinuch
    437
    Sanctity of the Divine Name
    450
    Supporting Hashem's Servants
    454
    Don't Add or Subtract
    464
    A Rebellious City
    488
    Rejoicing in the Mitzvos


    Answers to this Week's Questions

    Questions | Contents

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

    1. What were the sites designated for the "blessings and the curses" to be pronounced by the people?
      11:26 - Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eval, respectively.

    2. On what condition will Bnei Yisrael receive the blessings from Hashem?
      11:27 - On condition that they listen to Hashem's commandments.

    3. Why does the Torah use idolatry as an example when describing one who strays from the path that Hashem commanded?
      11:28 - Because those who worship idols are considered as if they have strayed from the entire Torah.

    4. What was to be the sign for the Jewish People that they would inherit the Land?
      11:31 - The miracles that would occur while crossing the Jordan River.

    5. During the 14 years of the conquest and division of the Land, what types of offerings were permitted on private altars?
      12:8 - Vow offerings or free-will offerings.

    6. What must one do with consecrated animals that develop a blemish?
      12:15 - They must be redeemed and may then be eaten.

    7. In what ways does a consecrated animal that develops a blemish retain a degree of kedusha (holiness) even after it has been redeemed?
      12:15 - Eating it is permitted, but use of its milk or fleece is forbidden.

    8. Why was the tribe of Yehuda not permitted to conquer Jerusalem?
      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.

    9. In consecutive verses, the Torah repeats the prohibition against eating blood. What two types of blood are referred to?
      12:24-25 -
      1. Blood that seeps slowly from the incision as soon as the cut is made and again after it no longer gushes.
      2. Blood absorbed into the limbs of the animal.

    10. Why were the Jewish People allowed to see the extermination of the Canaanites?
      12:30 - To learn not to follow in their depraved ways.

    11. What forms of idol worship are punishable by death?
      12:30 - Slaughtering or burning a sacrifice on an altar, pouring libations, prostrating oneself, and any normal manner of worshipping that idol.

    12. 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?
      13:2-6 - He is put to death.

    13. The Torah says, "to Him (Hashem) you shall cleave." How does one fulfill this command?
      13:5 - One should emulate Hashem's actions by performing good deeds, assisting in burying the dead and visiting the sick.

    14. The trial of a person accused of encouraging others to worship idols differs from the trial of other capital cases. How?
      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.

    15. Who has the primary responsibility of inflicting the punishment on one who tried to entice others to worship idols?
      13:10 - The person whom the guilty one attempted to entice.

    16. What is the "source" of the Jewish People being an am kadosh (holy nation)?
      14:2 - The kedusha is inherited from the avot.

    17. How should the Jewish People maintain themselves as an am kadosh?
      14:21 - By avoiding excesses even in permitted matters.

    18. What is the order of priority regarding to whom one should give charity?
      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.

    19. What mitzvah recalls the Exodus from Egypt?
      16:3 - Eating the korban pesach and the matzah on the night of Pesach.

    20. Which four individuals are under Hashem's "special protection"?
      16:10 - A levi, convert, orphan, and widow.

    Written and Compiled by Rabbi Eliyahu Kane & Rabbi Reuven Subar
    General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
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