Nasso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

4:21 What does “them as well” imply?
4:25 Which direction did the “Screen of the entrance” face?
4:26 What does “and everything that shall be done to them” mean?
4:27 What does this verse teach us about Aaron and his sons?
4:47 What does “service of a service” refer to?
4:49 What do we learn from this verse?
5:2 When was this verse said?
How many camps were there?
Out of which camp was someone with tzaraas sent?
Out of which camp was someone with a zav-emission sent?
Out of which camp was someone with impurity by a corpse sent?
5:6 When one has sworn falsely against a monetary claim and subsequently confesses, how much does he pay?
Who does he pay it to?
What if the aggrieved party has died?
What if he owes it to a convert who dies with no heirs?
What does this verse have to do with stealing from a convert?
What actions are considered a “chillul HaShem” (desecration of G-d’s name)?
5:7 What do the words “that they did” tell us?
5:8 What does “the returned debt” refer to?
What does “For HaShem, for the Kohen” mean?
How long did each Kohen family officiate each year?
5:9 What is this verse referring to?
5:10 What does “ a man’s holies shall be his” teach us?
How does an aggadic Midrash interpret the above?
5:12 Why is ish (man) repeated twice?
What is another reason why “ish” is repeated twice?
Do the laws of the sotah apply if the husband husband is certain that his wife committed adultery?
Why does the Midrash say that the laws of the sotah were only for future generations?
5:13 Is “and she was defiled” a statement of fact? If not, what does it mean?
What does “against her” imply?
What does “she had not been seized” mean?
5:14 What situation is this verse speaking about?
5:15 What is the significance of “unsifted barley flour”?
What does the Hebrew pronoun “hoo” refer to?
Why no frankincense?
What do “jealousies” refer to?
5:17 Where is the “sacred water” taken from?
Why in an earthenware vessel?
5:18 Why did the Kohen make the woman stand?
What does “uncover” mean and what do we learn from it?
What is the primary difference in making her move about and unbraiding her hair and in having her hold the meal offering?
5:21 Why is “thigh” mentioned before “stomach”?
5:22 Why is “stomach” mentioned before “thigh”?
Why is “amen” repeated twice?
5:25 Why does the verse state “from the hand of the woman”?
What is the “memorial portion”?
5:28 What does “she shall bear seed” mean?
6:2-3 What do these verses have to do with raising children?
6:7 Why is a Kohen (Priest) permitted to participate in the funeral of his parents while a Nazirite is not permitted to do so?
6:13 What sin did the Nazirite commit that he needs to bring a sin offering?
6:23 Why is the Hebrew word “amor” (say) spelled “in full”?
The 7th word in the verse is koh (so). What are 3 verses in the Torah why we merit receiving the Priestly Blessings based on the word koh ?
6:23,24 These verses are the Birkat Kohanin (Priestly Blessings)
What are the names for this besides Birkat Kohanin?
When is it said? When was it said originally?
Why were the Kohanin (Priests) commanded to bless with love?
What does the congregation do while being blessed?
What part do the Levites have in this ceremony?
What do the Kohanim do before blessing the congregation?
When do they go up to bless the congregation?
6:26 When the Kohanim conclude the Priestly Blessings it is customary for people to thank them. What do the people say?
If the Kohanim were commanded to bless the people why do we thank them?
6:27 How do the Kohanim place G-d's name upon the Jewish people?
7:1 What does the Hebrew word “kalot” (finished) teach us?
Why is the building of the Mishkan attributed to Moses here?
What does “finished erecting” teach us?
What does “they were the princes of the tribes” teach us?
Why are the princes’ contributions mentioned here first and mentioned last in Exodus 35:21-29?
7:12 What did Nachshon do in the Exodus?
Why does he not have the title Nassi as the other princes did in later verses?
7:19 What is the significance of one “silver bowl”?
What is the significance of 130?
What is the significance of “one basin of silver”?
What is the significance of seventy shekels?
7:20 What is the significance of “one ladel”?
What is the significance of “ten shekels”?
What is the significance of “filled with incense?
What is the “aht bash” system?
7:21 What is the significance of “one young bull”?
What is the significance of “one ram”?
What is the significance of “one sheep”?
7:22 What is the significance of “one he-goat”?
7:23 What is the significance of “two cattle”?
What is the significance of “rams, he-goats, sheep”?
7:48 Why did the leader of Ephraim bring his offering on Shabbat?
7:66 Why was the 10th day of Nisan set aside for the tribe of Dan?
7:84,88 Why does it say in the day it was anointed in 7:84 and when it was anointed in 7:88?


Additional Discussion Items:

The Sotah ceremony concerns a woman who is suspected of adultery. The woman is brought to the priest with a certain sacrifice. The priest then uncovers the woman's hair and says a prescribed warning, in the form of a curse, to her. The warning/curse says that harm will come to her if she committed adultery, and won't come to her if she didn't. The priest then writes the curse on parchment and dissolves the ink in water, and then the woman drinks the water. If she committed adultery her belly explodes (and so does that of the man who participated in the adultery), if not, she is cleared of any suspicion. Not only is she cleared of any suspicion, but blessing comes to her: if she previously didn't have children now she will have children, if she previously had only daughters, now she will have sons, in all cases improving her offspring.

 We can learn many things from the Sotah ceremony, but one is that the ceremony includes the dissolving of G-d's Name (contained in the curse) in the water that the suspected adulteress drinks. Normally, it is forbidden to erase G-d's Name, but in this case we see that G-d is willing to have His Name dissolved in order to clear up any suspicions that a husband may have for his wife. We therefore learn how we should bend over backwards for the sake of peace between a husband and wife.

The fifth aliyah begins the descriptions of what the princes of the tribes offered when the Mishkan was set up. This section of Torah is the same Torah reading that is used during the eight days of Chanukah, and is read by us after davening during the first twelve days of the month of Nissan.