Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 23 July 2022 / 24 Tammuz 5782

Parshat Matot

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Questions

  1. Who may annul a vow?
  2. When may a father annul his widowed daughter's vows?
  3. Why were the Jewish People not commanded to attack Moav, as they were to attack Midian?
  4. Those selected to fight Midian went unwillingly. Why?
  5. What holy vessels accompanied the Jewish People into battle?
  6. Those who killed in the war against Midian were required to remain outside the"machane" (camp). Which machane?
  7. Besides removing traces of forbidden food, what else is needed to make metal vessels obtained from a non-Jew fit for a Jewish owner?
  8. "We will build sheep-pens here for our livestock and cities for our little ones." What was improper about this statement?
  9. During the conquest of the Land, where did Bnei Gad and Bnei Reuven position themselves?
  10. What promise did Bnei Gad and Bnei Reuven make beyond that which Moshe required?

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

Answers

  1. Who may annul a vow?
    30:2 - Preferably, an expert in the laws of nedarim. Otherwise, three ordinary people.
  2. When may a father annul his widowed daughter's vows?
    30:10 - If she is under 12 1/2 years old and widowed before she was fully married.
  3. Why were the Jewish People not commanded to attack Moav, as they were to attack Midian?
    31:2 - Because Moav only acted out of fear against the Jewish People. Also, Ruth was destined to come from Moav.
  4. Those selected to fight Midian went unwillingly. Why?
    31:5 - They knew that Moshe's death would follow.
  5. What holy vessels accompanied the Jewish People into battle?
    31:6 - The aron and the tzitz.
  6. Those who killed in the war against Midian were required to remain outside the"machane" (camp). Which machane?
    31:19 - The Machane Shechina.
  7. Besides removing traces of forbidden food, what else is needed to make metal vessels obtained from a non-Jew fit for a Jewish owner?
    31:23 - Immersion in a mikve.
  8. "We will build sheep-pens here for our livestock and cities for our little ones." What was improper about this statement?
    32:16 - They showed more regard for their property than for their children.
  9. During the conquest of the Land, where did Bnei Gad and Bnei Reuven position themselves?
    32:17 - At the head of the troops.
  10. What promise did Bnei Gad and Bnei Reuven make beyond that which Moshe required?
    32:24 - Moshe required them to remain west of the Jordan during the conquest of the Land. They promised to remain after the conquest until the Land was divided among the tribes.

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