Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

9:1 It was "on the eight day" of what?
What Hebrew date was it?
What day was it?
Why were the elders of Israel called?
What does the Midrash state that the use of the Hebrew word "vayehi" (it was) is indicitative of?
What are two examples of this is the Parasha?
9:2 Why is Aaron's sin-offering distinct from any other sin-offering in the Torah?
9:3 What is the connection between the sale of Joseph by his brothers and the dedication of the Mishkan?
9:4 Why is this appearance of G-d unique?
9:6 What does this verse have to do with the first of the seven wedding blessings and opposing opinions in the Talmud?
9:7 Why did Moses tell Aaron to "come near to the Altar"?
What does this verse have to do with the law about leading Services?
What does this verse have to do with why Aaron was chosen to be the Kohen Gadol?
9:22 What was Aaron's blessing?
10:1 Why did Nadav and Avihu die?
How do we know?
What is an "alien fire"?
Why were they so severely punished?
10:2 What does this verse have to do with snakes?
10:3 Why did Aaron fall silent?
What do we know from the Torah stating explicitly that Aaron was silent?
What was his reward?
What does "through those who are close to Me" mean?
How is G-d "honored before the entire people"?
What did Aaron's silence represent?
What does this verse have to do with Abraham and King David?
10:4 What was the purpose of carrying out the bodies?
10:5 Why does the Torah mention their tunics?
10:6 What laws of mourning do we learn from this verse?
Why were they not applicable to Aaron?
What do we learn from "and your brothers, the entire House of Israel"?
10:9 What does this verse teach us?
10:10 What does this verse imply?
10:11 What does this verse teach us?
10:12 Why does the Torah state "remaining sons"?
Why did Moses tell Aaron to "take the meal-offering"?
What are the seven categories of an "onein" (mourner)?
10:13 What do we learn from "and the portion of your sons"?
10:16 What did Moses inquire about?
Why wasn't Moses angry at Aaron?
What was Moses angry about?
10:18 Why didn't Aaron's sons answer Moses?
What does the Hebrew verb "dabayr" (speak) imply?
10:19 Why did Aaron say "was it they who this day offered"?
10:20 What do we learn from this verse?
11:1 Who did G-d speak to?
11:2 Why does the Torah use the Hebrew noun "chaya" (life forms) as well as "b'heymah" (animal) in this verse?
What does "These are the life forms" teach us?
What does this verse have to do with Deuteronomy 4:4?
Where is Deuteronomy 4:4 found in the Siddur?
11:3 Is a donkey kosher? Why?
What do we learn from "among the animals"?
11:4-7 Why are "its hoof is not split" in three different tenses in the Hebrew?
11:8 What does "nor may you touch their carcass" refer to?
11:11 What does this verse indicate?
What does "and you shall abominate their carcass" mean?
11:12 What does "in the water" teach us?
11:19 Why is the bird named "Chasidah"?
Why isn't it kosher?
What bird is the Anafah?
What bird is the Duchifat?
11:20 What are four examples of "flying creeping creatures"?
11:23 What does this verse teach us?
11:25 Is the prohibition against carrying a carcass more or less stringent than the prohibition against touching a carcass?
How do we know?
11:33 What does the Halacha about vessels have to do with Genesis 2:7?
11:43-45 What does the deliverance from Egypt have to do with not eating repulsive vermin?

Discussion Questions:

1. Will the pig ever be a kosher animal?
2. How is the Haftarah we read for Parasha Shemini similar to the Torah Portion?
3. How is eating treif (non-kosher food) the spiritual equivalent of losing one's hearing?

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