Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)
25:11-12 Why was the “covenant of peace” granted to Pinchas?
25:11 Why does the Torah trace Pinchas’ ancestry to Aaron?
What does “when he zealously avenged my vengeance” mean?
25:12 What does this verse mean?
25:14 What are two reasons why Zimri’s ancestry is mentioned here?
25:15 Why is the slain Midianite woman’s name mentioned?
Who was her father?
25:17 What does the Hebrew form of the word “antagonize” indicate?
Why didn’t HaShem also instruct that the Moabites be killed?
26:2 Why did HaShem instruct Moses to take a census?
What do we learn from “according to their father’s house?
26:5 What do we learn from the wording of the families’ names in Hebrew?
26:10 What does “and they became a sign” mean?
26:11 What does “but the sons of Korach did not die” mean?
Where are they mentioned in the Siddur?
26:24 Who is Jashub?
26:46 Who is Serah? Why is she mentioned here?
26:55 What does “only by lot” imply?
26:56 What miracle is this verse implying?
26:59 What does “whom she bore to Levi in Egypt” imply?
26:64 Why is the passage dealing with the daughters of Zelophedad put next to a verse about the sins of the spies?
27:3 Who was their father, according to Rabbi Akiva ?
Who was their father, according to Rabbi Shimon?
27:4 What practice is this verse alluding to?
27:5 Why couldn’t Moses quote the halachah?
Where else in the Torah did this happen?
27:7 What word is the Hebrew word for “pass over” related to?
What does this teach us?
Why is the Hebrew word for them (lahem) in the masculine form instead of in the feminine
27:14 Why are Moses’ and Aaron’s misdeeds stated when the Torah mentions their deaths?
27:18 What does “and lean your hand on him” imply?
27:19 What does “of your splendor” imply?
27:21 By who’s word?
Who does” the entire assembly” refer to?
28:2 What does “my offering” refer to?
What does “my food” refer to?
What does “you shall keep watch” imply?
28:3 What does “two per day” teach us?
28:4 What is the difference between the commandment written here and written in Exodus?
28:6 What does “that was performed at Mt. Sinai “ teach us?
What does this verse have to do with putting on Tefillin daily?
28:8 Why is the smell pleasing to HaShem?
What does “on its Shabbat” teach us?
28:20 Who do cattle, rams and sheep correspond to?
Who do the three Pilgrimage Festivals represent?
29:1 What holiday is this?
29:7 What holiday is this?
29:12 What holiday is this?
29:39 What does this verse have to do with the saying “this too shall pass”?
Additional Questions for Discussion:
1. What are the qualities of a leader?
2. How does a leader transfer authority and empower his successors to lead?
3. What does #2 have to do with lighting one candle with another candle and pouring a substance from one bowl into another bowl?
4. Why wasn't Pinchas chosen to be Moses' successor instead of Joshua?