Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)
19:1 Why is there a dividing line in the Chumash after the Hebrew word “dabeir”?
19:1-2 What do these verses have to do with a bet din?
19:2 What is a “chok”?
Why is the statute of the Red Cow referred to as “the decree of the Torah”?
Why is “to you” in the singular in Hebrew yet in verse 19:1 HaShem is speaking to both Moses and to Aaron?
How many non-red hairs would disqualify the cow?
19:3 Why is Elazar mentioned?
Who may slaughter the animal?
What does Elazar do?
How were the Israelites able to check the internal organs of the Red Cow without dismembering it first?
19:4 What does “toward the front of the Tent of Meeting” mean?
19:7 Which camp?
19:13 Which dead body?
What does “his impurity is still on him” imply?
19:14 Does the tent always transmit impurity to its contents?
What is another interpretation that our sages gave to this verse?
19:16 What does “on the open field” allude to?
19:19 What does “he shall purify him” mean?
19:20 Why does this verse use “Sanctuary” and verse 19:13 uses “Tabernacle”?
19:21 Does the one who sprinkles the water become impure? If not, who becomes impure?
19:22 What do we learn from “shall be impure until evening”?
According to the Midrash of Moshe Hadarshan:
What does “they shall take to you” mean?
What does the Red Cow atone for?
What is the significance of the color red?
Why must the cow be perfect?
What is the family relationship between the Red Cow and the Golden Calf?
Why should it not have a yoke on it?
Why to Elazar?
Why is the cow burned?
Why cedarwood, hyssop, and crimson wool?
Why use the ashes?
20:1 Why does the Torah mention “the entire assembly”?
Why is the passage of Miriam’s death placed after the passage of the Red Cow?
What does the apparently superfluous word “there” tell us?
Why does the Torah state that “Miriam died there and was buried there”?
20:2 Why was there no water at this point in time?
20:10 How could everyone have gathered around a rock?
Where else in Scripture did this happen?
20:11 Which rock did he hit?
Why did Moses hit the rock twice?
20:12 What was so bad about Moses’ and Aaron’s sin?
How would speaking to the rock sanctify HaShem?
20:17 What do we learn from this verse?
20:18 What sword?
20:22 Which three mountains maintained their size?
20:29 How did everyone see that “Aaron had perished”?
21:1 Who was the “Canaanite, king of Arad”?
What was the “route of the spies”?
Who was the captive?
21:2 What does “I will segregate” mean?
21:5 Who was the complaint against?
Why was the food insubstantial?
21:6 Why were the snakes called “the burning ones”?
Why were snakes used as punishment?
21:7 What do we learn from this verse?
21:8 What is the basic meaning of the Hebrew word “neys” (miracle)?
21:9 Why did Moses make the snake out of copper?
What popular Israeli song has the Hebrew word for copper in it?
21:15 What does “the outpouring of the valleys” refer to?
What miracle happened with the mountains?
21:18 Who were the “ministers”?
21:24 Why was the border of the Children of Ammon strong?
21:27 Who were the poets?
How does the Talmud interpret this verse?
21:34 Why did Moses fear Og?
What does this have to do with the mitzvah of the forgotten sheaf and of giving tzedakah?
What is the term for ladybug in Hebrew?