Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)
13:2 Why was the passage of the spies placed next to the passage about Miriam?
What does “for yourself” imply?
Why did HaShem agree to the sending of the spies?
13:3 What does “by the word of HaShem” mean?
13:6 What does this verse and verses 13:8 and 13:11 have to do with another episode of men called spies?
13:8,11 Why is Joseph mentioned with Ephraim and not with Menasheh?
13:16 Why is Joshua called bin Nun and not ben Nun ?
Why did Moses single out Joshua?
Why did Joshua merit an additional yud in his Hebrew name?
What does the Hebrew name, Yehoshua mean?
Why did Joshua and Caleb need protective prayers if they were firm in their faith?
13:17 Why did Moses tell them to start in the Southern part of the Land of Israel?
13:18 How would the spies know if the people were strong or weak?
13:19 What does “is it good?” mean?
13:20 What does “trees” refer to?
13:22 Why does the verse change from the plural to the singular?
13:23 The spies used the fruits of the land in their false report. How was this corrected later on?
What does “on a pole, by two” mean?
13:23,24 Why in the first verse is Eshcol spelled without the Hebrew letter vav and with a vav in the next verse?
13:25 How could they spy out the Land in only 40 days?
13:26 What does Rashi say about the spies intentions (“they went and they came”)?
13:27 Why does the verse say they reported and they said ?
What do we learn about a lie from this verse?
13:29 Why did the spies tell the people where the different nations were located, especially Amalek?
13:30 Why didn't Joshua join Caleb in his proclamation?
13:31 Who does the “us” in “it is stronger than us” refer to?
What does this verse have to do with acquiring Torah knowledge?
13:32 Why didn't the spies want the Jews to enter the Land?
Why did they say that the land devoured its inhabitants?
What does this verse have to do with Job?
Who was Job?
Was he Jewish?
Why is the Book of Job in Scripture?
What does “men of measures” mean?
13:33 Who were the Nephilim?
What does “we were like grasshoppers......so were we in our own eyes” have to do with Jewish spirit and action?
What does this verse have to do with emotion vs. intellect?
14:1 Who does “the entire assembly” refer to?
What Hebrew date was that night?
14:4 What does “let us appoint a leader” mean?
14:9 What does “for they are our bread” mean?
Who was “their protection”?
14:10 Who does “to pelt them” refer to?
What does the “Glory of HaShem” refer to?
14:11 What does “signs” refer to?
14:14 What was the reason that the Egyptians would say that Hashem killed the Israelites?
14:15 What does “like a single man” refer to?
14:18 Why should children be punished for their fathers' sins?
14:20 At what holiday is this verse said?
14:22 What were the ten tests?
14:29 What tribe was excluded and why?
14:34 What does “iniquities” refer to?
14:35 Was Korach's rebellion before or after the episode of the spies?
What was he rebelling against?
15:1 Why is this passage here after the passage of the spies?
15:2,5 Why does this section which discusses wine follow the one containing the episode of the spies?
15:20,21 What is challah an acronym for?
15:32 Why does the Torah mention that the Israelites were in the Wilderness?
15:34 What does the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) say about putting someone in prison on Shabbat?
Why was the Shabbat violator taken into custody?
15:38 How do you remember all of the commandments from the Tzitzit?
How many cornered garment must Tzitzit be on? Why?
What does the Midrash state is the reason that the mitzvah of Tzitzit was given?
15:39 Name three verses with the words you shall see . What does this have to do with Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 3:1?
What do we learn from the spelling of “your heart” in Hebrew?
15:41 What does “I am HaShem, your G-d” mean?
Why was the passage about the gatherer of wood on Shabbat juxtaposed with the passage about idolatry?