Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)

1:1 What does the way he was called connote?
What does “He called to Moses” indicate?
Why are there breaks (blank spaces) in the Torah?
What type of breaks are there in the Torah?
What two things does “to him” indicate?
What does “from the Tent of Meeting” teach us?
What does “saying” imply in this verse?
How did G-d speak to Moses after the sin of the spies and until when did this continue?
What does this verse have to do with little children learning Torah?
What does this verse have to do with a lobster and its shell?
What is so unique about the laws of offerings?
What does this verse have to do with a dead carcass?
What does this verse have to do with false humility?
1:2 What does the word “when” imply?
Why does the Torah use the Hebrew term “adom” instead of the more common word for man “ish”?
Why does the Torah state “from the cattle and from the flocks”?
What do we learn from the shift from the singular to the plural in this verse?
What does “your offering” teach us?
What does the Hebrew word “korban” mean?
1:3 Why does verse 1:10 repeat the word “male”?
What does “perfect” mean?
What does “he shall bring it “ teach us?
What does “in accordance with his will” teach us?
What does “before Hashem” teach us?
What does this verse have to do with a Jewish divorce?
1:4 What does “the olah-offering” teach us?
When is an olah-offering “pleasing”?
1:5 What does “He shall slaughter...the Kohanim shall bring” teach us?
What are the four procedures of the blood avodah?
What does “before Hashem” mean?
Why does the verse use both “sons of Aaron” and “Kohanim”?
On which Altar (inner or outer) is the blood of the olah-offering sprinkled?
On which part of the Altar is the blood of the outer-sin offerings placed and on which part is the blood of all other offerings placed?
What does “all around” teach us?
1:6 Why does the verse state “the olah offering”?
1:7 How was the fire ignited on the Altar?
What happens if Aaron serves wearing the garments of an ordinary Kohen?
1:8 What happens if an ordinary Kohen serves wearing the garments of the Kohen Gadol?
Why is “the head” mentioned separately?
Why are “the fats” mentioned separately?
What does “which is on the Altar” teach us?
1:9 Why is “an olah-offering” repeated here?
Why is “a fire-offering” repeated here?
1:10 Why is there a break before this verse?
What do the three occurrences of the word “from” mean?
1:11 Why is the Hebrew word “yerecha” translated as “side” in this verse?
What does “before Hashem” teach us?
1:14 What does “from the fowl” teach us?
What type of turtle doves?
1:15 What does the word “it” indicate?
What does “the Kohen” teach us?
How can the order of procedure in the last part of the verse be correct?
What does it teach us?
1:17 Why are the feathers left on the fowl if burning feathers smell badly?
2:1 Why is “soul” used here?
What type of “fine flour”?
2:3 What do we learn from “Aaron and his sons”?
2:5 What does “fine flour mixed with oil” teach us?
2:8 Who shall bring it close to the Altar?
2:11 What does “honey” include?
2:12 What does the “first fruit-offering” include?
2:13 What does salt have to do with the Covenant?
2:14 Why is the Hebrew word “im” used here?
What is the “meal-offering of first fruits” referring to?
Why is barley used?
3:9 What is the “choicest part”?
3:11 The Hebrew word for kidney is spelled the same as the Hebrew word for advice. Why?
3:17 What is this verse telling us?
4:2 What does “that may not be done” tell us?
What was the punishment if there were no witnesses and no warning?
What was the punishment if there were witnesses and warning?
What does “from one of them” refer to?
What is the minimum amount of writing on Shabbat for one to bring a sin-offering?
Why should a person be held accountable for something he did inadvertently?
What does this verse have to do with “teshuvah” for doing mitzvot?
4:3 What are the conditions for which a Kohen Gadol must bring a sin-offering?
Why does the sinfulness of the Kohen Gadol lead to the people’s guilt?
4:12 How many camps were there in the wilderness?
How many camps were there in Jerusalem?
4:13 What is the “Assembly of Israel”?
4:22 Why does the Torah use the Hebrew word “asher” (when) instead of the Hebrew word “im” (with)?
What does this verse have to do with admitting when we are wrong?
5:1 What does “and will hear the sounds of an oath” mean?
What does this verse have to do with “Rechilut” (tale bearing)?
5:3 Why is he impure?
5:15 What does this verse have to do with the cloak worn by the Kohen Gadol?
5:21 What does “deprived” refer to?
5:24 What does “by its head” refer to?
5:26 What does this verse have to do with “teshuvah” being never ending?

Discussion Questions

1. What does G-d calling Moses with affection teach us?
2. Why does the end of the Parasha talk about sin?
3. What does the word “aleph” mean?
4. Why do children learn the first few verses of Vayikra when they start to learn Torah?
5. Why do children get sweets when they start to learn the Torah?
6. What are children told the diminutive aleph stands for?

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