Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)
1:1 Why are the names repeated again in this verse?
What is the significance of the Hebrew words “shemot benai yisrael habaeem”?
1:5 Why is Joseph specifically mentioned in this verse?
1:7 How did they increase so rapidly? How do we know this?
What does this verse have to do with assimilation and Leviticus 20:26?
1:8 What are the two interpretations of “A new king arose”?
What does this verse have to do with ingratitude?
Why does the Torah deal so harshly with ingrates?
1:10 What does this verse have to do with G-d and the Flood?
1:11 What was the tax?
1:12 Why is the Hebrew word “y’anew” (afflict) in the future tense?
What were the Egyptians disgusted about?
1:15 Who was Shifrah?
Why is she called Shifrah?
Who was Puah?
Why is she called Puah?
1:16 Why was Pharaoh concerned about the birth of a boy?
1:21 What houses did G-d build for them?
1:22 To whom did this edict apply?
Why did Pharaoh specify that the babies be thrown into the river?
2:1 What is implied by “And a man went”?
What does “he took” mean? Why?
Why aren’t the names of Moses’ parents mentioned in this verse?
2:2 How old was Yocheved when she gave birth to Moses?
How old was Yocheved when she gave birth to Aaron?
How could this be?
How old was Moses at the Exodus from Egypt?
How do we know that “he was good”?
Where else is this term used in Scripture? (Hint: replace “he” with “it”)
2:3 Why was she no longer able to hide him?
Which part of the basket was clay and which part was tar?
Why is the Hebrew word “ahmah” used insted of the Hebrew word “yad” (hand)
which is usually used with the Hebrew verb “shalach” (send).
Why did G-d want Moses to grow up in the palace?
2:6 What is the Midrashic interpretation of what she saw?
2:7 What does “from the Hebrew women” teach us?
2:8 What does “the young girl went” indicate?
2:10 According to the Midrash what other names did Moses have?
Why didn’t G-d call him by any of those names instead of by the name given to him by Pharaoh’s daughter?
2:11 Why does the Torah repeat that “Moses grew up” in this verse since it already mentioned it in 2:10?
Who was the Hebrew man?
Why was the Egyptian striking him?
2:13 Who were the two Hebrew men?
What does “striving” mean?
2:14 What do we learn from this verse? Why?
What does this verse have to do with speaking in shul?
2:15 How did Pharaoh hear?
Why was Moses sitting at the well?
2:17 Why did the shepherds drive them away?
2:18 Who is Reuel?
2:20 What does the use of the term “bread” imply?
How did Yitro know that Moses was a descendent of Jacob?
2:25 What does “and G-d knew” mean?
3:1 Why did Moses go “far into the wilderness”?
What is the Mountain of G-d?
3:2 What does the burning bush symbolize?
3:12 What merit did the Jewish people have that warranted G-d’s promise to redeem them?
3:15 What do we learn from the Hebrew word “l’ohlahm” (forever)?
3:18 Why will they listen to Moses?
Why is the Hebrew word “HaIvrim” (Hebrews) spelled with an extra “yud”?
4:3 What did the staff turning into a snake symbolize?
4:10 What do we learn from this verse?
4:13 Who is Moses referring to?
What does this verse have to do with being sensitive to other people’s feelings?
4:14 What was Moses punishment for angering G-d?
4:18 How many names does Jethro have? What are they?
4:19 Who died? How?
4:20 Which donkey did Moses ride?
How do we know that the donkey was special?
4:24 Why did G-d seek to kill Moses?
5:14 How were the Jewish officers rewarded for accepting the beatings on behalf of their fellow Jews?
6:1 Why will they be driven from the land?