Va’etchanan (Deut. 3:22 - 7:11)
3:23 What does “implore” mean?
What does “at that time” refer to?
How many times did Moses pray to enter the land?
3:23-25 What did Moses pray for?
3:23-26 What do these verses have to do with envy and with Moses’ death?
3:24 What attribute of G-d does Elokim refer to?
What attribute of G-d does the Tetragrammaton represent?
What does using both of the above names together connote?
3:25 What is the mountain that Moses is referring to in this verse?
What does Lebanon refer to and why?
What does this verse have to do with Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt?
3:26 What does the Hebrew “Rav Lach” indicate?
What does this verse have to do with the treatment of a Jewish slave who wants to remain with his master?
Why is the feminine form used in the Hebrew “Rav Lach”?
3:27 How much of the land did Moses see?
3:28 What was Moses to command to Joshua?
What do the words “ he shall cross” teach us?
3:29 What is the significance of stating the location of the camp?
4:1-2, 4:23, 5:18 What do these verses have in common? What does each one mean?
4:2 What are some examples of “adding” and “subtracting”?
4:4 Where is this verse found in the Siddur?
What does this verse have to do with 12 step programs?
Why does the Chazan repeat the last 2 words of the Shema and add the first word of the next section in the Siddur?
4:6 How do we “safeguard” them?
What does this verse mean?
4:7 What does this verse have to do with a statement in the Talmud where 400 barrels of wine spoiled?
4:8 What does “righteous” mean in this verse?
4:9 What does “Beware for yourself, etc.” mean?
4:9-10 Who was this said to?
What does this have to do with imagination?
4:14 What did Moses teach them?
4:19 Why does the Torah condemn bowing down to the heavenly host?
4:20 What is being compared in this verse?
4:22 What does Moses realize in this verse?
4:23 What was the context of the commandment from G-d?
4:24 What is G-d zealous about in this verse?
4:25 What does this verse have to do with the period of time until they are exiled?
Why did G-d advance the exile?
4:26 What does “bear witness against you” mean?
4:29 How else can this verse be read?
4:35 What does “shown to know” mean?
4:39 What does this verse have to do with “tikun olam” and the statement in the Talmud that a person is obligated to say ”The world was created for me”?
4:42 Why if a student goes into exile in a City of Refuge must his teacher accompany him?
5:3 What word is missing in this verse for it to make sense?
5:12 How is the wording in this verse different than the wording in Exodus 20:8?
How does Rashi explain this difference?
When did G-d command this?
5:15 How can this verse be easily misinterpreted?
What does Shabbat call to mind?
What is Rashi’s interpretation of this verse?
Why is there such a large difference in the reason for observing Shabbat between this verse and the verses in Exodus 20:8-11?
Why is the Hebrew term “make the day of Shabbat” used?
5:16 Where were the commandments stated in 5:12 and 5:16 commanded?
What does this verse have to do with a story about the Urim v’Tumin and a red heifer?
5:17 To whom or what does the Hebrew word “tin-af” apply?
What is the difference in the wording in this verse and as it is stated in Exodus? What does the difference teach us?
5:24 Why is the feminine Hebrew word for “you” used in this verse?
5:25-26 What do these verses have to do with gratitude?
6:4 What does “Hashem our G-d” imply?
How are the words “Hear O Israel” relevant to one’s personal testimony in his/her belief in G-d?
6:5 How can love be legislated in the Torah?
6:5-9 What does the verse speak of and what does each part of the verse mean?
6:16 How did they test G-d at Massah?
6:18 What does this verse have to do with the right of first refusal on your property and owing money to a butcher? What does all this have to do with “chilul Hashem?
6:20 Why only tomorrow?
7:2 What does “not consider them favorably” mean?
7:11 The words “to perform them” appear to be superfluous. What do they mean?
1. If Moses prayed over 500 times to be allowed to enter the Land of Israel and HaShem didn't grant his request, why should we pray?
2. What chance do we have for our prayers to be answered if Moses didn't get his prayers answered?
3. When we pray on the High Holy Days for forgiveness and to be inscribed in the Book of Life, does this mean that HaShem has a human attribute of changing His mind? If He does, how can that be? If He doesn't , then why are we praying?
4. Why doesn't the Disengagement stop if most religious Jews are praying for it to stop?
5. If I jump off the Empire State Building and pray "Hashem if you save me I'll know that you really exist", and I die, what does that say about HaShem? What does it say about prayer? What does it say about me?
6. What about someone who prays by rote?