Behaalot'cha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)
8:2 Rashi explains that the word behaalot'cha (literally when you step up ) is used because there was a step in front of the Menorah. Why was there a step?
What is the connection with this verse and Psalms 119:30 Your opening words shall illuminate ?
8:2 Why was the passage dealing with the kindling of the Menorah put next to the passage dealing with the contributions and offerings of the princes?
What direction did the wicks of the lamps face? What does this teach us?
8:4 Why does the verse say “And this”?
8:6 What does “take the Levites” mean?
8:7 Why did they have to undergo the “sprinkling”?
8:8 What is an olah-offering?
Who was it brought for?
What act does it atone for?
8:11 What does “the service of HaShem” imply?
What does “before HaShem” imply?
8:16 What does “given, given” imply?
What does “first issue” mean?
8:19 What does the repetitive use of “Children of Israel” indicate?
8:22 What does “as HaShem commanded....so they did for them” mean?
8:24 What does “this shall apply to the Levites” imply?
Why the disparity between Numbers 4:3 and this verse? What do we learn from it?
9:1 Why didn’t the Book of Numbers begin with this verse?
9:2 Why is this verse placed here and how does it relate to Pesach Sheini (Second Passover) and a disgrace by the Jewish people?
What does “in its appointed time” teach us?
9:10 What does this verse have to do with Modi'im and the Beit Hamikdash (Temple)?
9:18 Why are the words according to the word of G-d repeated 6 times over a span of 5 verses which discuss journeying and encampment of the Jewish people?
What would happen when they would journey and when they would camp?
9:22 What does “or days” mean?
10:2 Why were the trumpets, the cherubim on top of the Ark and the Menorah all hammered out of one piece and what does it have to do with raising children?
10:4 Why were the leaders summoned by a trumpet?
10:17 How was the Tabernacle “taken down”?
10:21 How was the Tabernacle “erected”?
Who does “they would erect” refer to?
Who does “before their arrival” refer to?
10:25 What are two reasons why the tribe of Dan traveled at the rear?
Why didn’t the tribe of Judah travel at the rear?
10:28 What does “these are the journeys” mean?
10:29 Why is Yitro called by another name here?
What does the name come from?
What does it signify?
What custom does the name change reflect?
10:30 Why did Yitro wish to return to his land?
10:31 How would Yitro (Jethro) be eyes to all the Jews?
10:35,36 Why are there inverted letter nuns setting off the 2 verses?
Why are the tops of the nuns facing forward and the bottom of the nuns reversed?
Why are the verses placed here?
11:5 How did the enslaved Jews get free food in Egypt?
11:6 Which type of Jews said the words in the verse?
Why were they complaining?
11:16 What does the number 70 correspond to?
11:26 Who were Eldad and Meidad?
What was their prophecy?
What does “they were those who were written” mean?
Why did they remain behind?
11:28 It is absolutely forbidden for a student to address his Rebbe by name in his presence.
Why did Joshua say it here?
10:32 With what goodness would Yitro be benefited?
10:33 What does “a three day distance” mean?
10:34 How many clouds were there?
10:35 Where is this verse found in the Siddur?
10:36 Where is this verse found in the Siddur?
12:3 Why is the word anav (humble) spelled without a yud?
Why does the verse not just say Moses was the most humble of all men instead of saying "more than all men on the face of the earth" ?
11:1 Who was at the edge of the camp?
11:4 Who are the rabble?
Why did they complain about not having meat?
11:5 Why did the Israelites speak specifically about cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic?
11:17 What does “I will descend” indicate?
11:18 What does “prepare yourselves” refer to?
11:27 Who was the youth? Why did he run?
11:28 What does “make an end to them” mean?
What was their prophesy?
12:1 How did they speak?
Who initiated speaking? How do we know?
Why is his wife called a Cushite woman?
12:7 What was Moses unique trustworthiness?
12:10 What is the connection with the removal of the Cloud and Miriam's leprosy?
12:11 What does like a corpse mean?
12:12 How was Miriam comparable to one who leaves his mother’s womb with half his flesh consumed ?
12:13 Why didn't Moses mention Miriam's name and her mother's name as is customary when praying for a sick person?
12:15 Why didn’t they journey without her?