Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)
18:1 What did Jethro hear?
What does “to Moses and to all Israel” teach us?
Why does the Torah tell us that Jethro was a leader of Midian?
18:2 In Exodus 4:19-20 Moses brought them to Egypt. How and why were they sent away?
18:3 Why did Moses choose those particular names for his sons?
18:4 How was Moses saved from the sword of Pharaoh (see Exodus 2:15)?
18:5 Why is the wilderness mentioned in this verse?
18:6 How did Jethro say this to Moses? How do we know this?
What does “I your father-in-law, Jethro, etc.” imply?
18:7 Who else went out to greet Jethro? How do we know this?
18:8 Why did Moses tell his father-in-law everything that happened?
18:9 What unusual Hebrew word is used in this verse? Why?
What “goodness” is referred to in this verse?
18:10 Why didn’t the conclusion of Jethro’s blessing apply to Moses and to Aaron?
18:11 What does “with that which they schemed against them” mean?
18:12 What is an olah offereing?
What is a peace offering?
Why is Moses not mentioned in this verse? Where is he?
What do we learn from “Before G-d”?
Who were the Torah scholars?
18:13 What was the previous day? How do we know?
What does this prove about certain passages not being in chronological order?
What does “from morning until the evening” teach us?
18:15 What does “to seek G-d” mean?
18:19 What are two interpretations of “and may G-d be with you”?
18:21 Why “men of means”?
Why “people who despise money”?
How many leaders of thousands were there?
18:23 What does “And G-d will command you.......able to endure” mean?
Who does “this people” refer to? How do we know?
18:27 Why did Jethro go to his land?
19:1 What day of the month is it? How do we know?
What does “this day” teach us?
19:2 Why is the Hebrew word for “encamped” in the singular form rather than the plural form?
19:3 What day did Moses ascend the mountain?
Why the use of “say” and “tell” in this verse?
19:4 Why “on the wings of eagles”?
19:8 On what day did Moses report this to G-d?
Why did Moses report back to G-d? Didn’t G-d already know?
19:9 What does the word “also” imply?
On what day of the month did Moses say this?
19:11 What does “let them be ready” mean?
What day of the month is the third day?
What does “before the eyes of all the people” teach us?
19:13 What do we learn from “he shall be cast down”?
Which ram is referred to in this verse?
19:15 When were men not allowed to come into contact with a woman for a three day period?
19:16 What does “when it was becoming morning” teach us?
19:17 What does “toward G-d” tell us?
What are two interpretations of “ under the mountain”?
19:19 How many commandments did they hear directly from G-d?
19:20 How could G-d descend in the mountain yet in 20:19 say “For from the heavens I spoke to you”?
19:21 What does “warn the people” mean?
What should they not destroy?
19:22 What does “who came close to G-d” mean?
20:1 Why is the Hebrew word for G-d (Elokim) used here?
What does “to say” teach us?
Why did G-d first say all of the commandments at once if he knew we couldn’t hear them clearly?
20:2 Why doesn’t G-d say “Who created heaven and earth”?
Why are the commandments in the second person singular form?
20:3 What does this verse teach us?
What does “before Me” mean?
20:4 What does “graven image” mean?
When does G-d visit the sins of the fathers on the children?
20:7 What does “in vain” mean?
What is an oath in vain?
The Talmud says that when G-d spoke this commandment the entire world trembled. Why this particular commandment?
20:8 what does “remember” teach us?
20:9 Is this a commandment to complete all of one’s work within the six workdays of the week? If not, what is it saying to us?
20:10 What does “your son and your daughter” teach us?
20:11 What do we learn from this verse?
How did G-d bless and sanctify Shabbat?
20:13 What is the definition of adultery?
What is the definition of “stealing” in this verse and in Leviticus 19:11?
20:14 What does “all that belongs to your fellow” teach us?
20:15 How could they see the sounds?
What does “and they moved” mean?
20:17 What does “to exalt you” mean?
How could we have “do not fear” and “His fear shall be before you” in the same verse?
20:19 What does “so shall you say” mean?
20:20 What does “with me” mean?
What does “gods of silver” mean?
What does “gods of gold” mean?
What does “for yourselves” imply?
20:21 What does “an altar of earth” mean?
What does “you shall make for me” teach us?
What do we learn from the latter part of this verse?
20:22 What does the Hebrew word “v’eem” imply in the Torah?
Why is the altar defiled by waving iron over it?
20:23 What is the problem of uncovering nakedness on steps of the altar?