Parsha Q&A - Parshat Va'etchanan
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- "And I prayed to Hashem at that time." Why "at that time"?
- What characteristic trait is represented by Hashem's "strong hand"?
- What is ha'levanon?
- What did Hashem tell Yehoshua after the battle of Ai?
- What will happen if the Jewish People fail to keep the mitzvot properly?
- How did the decree that Moshe not enter the Land affect him even in death?
- What is hinted by the word v'noshantem?
- Why were the Jewish People exiled two years earlier than indicated by Moshe's prophecy?
- "You'll serve man-made gods." Is this literal?
- Why is east called mizrach?
- "Keep the Shabbat day as I have commanded you." When did Hashem command us to keep Shabbat?
- Where did the Jewish People first receive the command to honor parents?
- What is meant by "Hashem, our G-d, Hashem is One"?
- What are two meanings of loving Hashem "with all your might?"
- How well-versed must one be in Torah?
- Where does the word Totafot come from?
- Who is fit to swear in Hashem's name?
- What does it mean that the Jews are the "smallest nation?"
- When someone serves Hashem with love, how many generations receive reward?
- Why are evil-doers rewarded in this world?
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
3:23 - Defeating Sichon and Og, whose lands were part of Eretz Canaan, Moshe thought perhaps Hashem had annulled the vow against his entering the Land.
3:24 - His willingness to forgive.
3:25 - Ha'levanon means the Beit Hamikdash, which "whitens" (lavan), i.e., atones for, the Jewish People.
3:28 - Yehoshua must lead the army into battle.
4:9 - The non-Jewish world will regard them as foolish.
4:22 - Even his remains weren't buried in the Land.
4:25 - The gematria of v'noshantem, 852, hints at the number of years until the first exile.
4:25 - So that the rest of the prophecy "that you shall utterly perish" would not be fulfilled.
4:28 - No. It means you'll serve others who serve idols.
4:41 - It's the direction from which the sun shines (mizrach means shining).
5:13 - Before the giving of the Torah, at Marah. (Shmot 15:25)
5:16 - At Marah. (Shmot 15:25).
6:4 - Hashem, who is now our G-d, but not [accepted as] G-d of the other nations, will eventually be [accepted as] the One and only G-d.
6:5 - 1) With everything you own. 2) Whether Hashem treats you with kindness or harshness.
6:7 - If asked a Torah question, one should be able to reply quickly and clearly.
6:8 - Tot means two in Caspi. Fot means two in Afriki. Together they allude to the four sections of tefillin.
6:13 - One who serves Hashem and reveres His name.
7:7 - Bnei Yisrael are the humblest nation.
7:9 - 2,000.
7:10 - So that they get no reward in the next world.
Written and Compiled by Rabbi Eliyahu Kane & Rabbi Reuven Subar
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
Production Design: Michael Treblow
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