Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 11 January 2014 / 10 Shevat 5774

Parshat Beshalach

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Questions

  1. What percentage of the Jewish People died during the plague of darkness?
  2. Why did the oath that Yosef administered to his brothers apply to Moshe's generation?
  3. Why did the Egyptians want to pursue the Jewish People?
  4. Where did the Egyptians get animals to pull their chariots?
  5. What does it mean that the Jewish People "took hold of their fathers' craft" (tafsu umnut avotam )?
  6. How did G-d cause the wheels of the Egyptian chariots to fall off?
  7. Why were the dead Egyptians cast out of the sea?
  8. To what future time is the verse hinting when it uses the future tense of "Then Moshe and Bnei Yisrael will sing"?
  9. Why are the Egyptians compared to stone, lead, and straw?
  10. The princes of Edom and Moav had nothing to fear from the Jewish People. Why, then, were they "confused and gripped with trembling"?
  11. Moshe foretold that he would not enter the Land of Israel. Which word in the parsha indicates this?
  12. Why is Miriam referred to as "Aharon's sister" and not as "Moshe's sister"?
  13. The Jewish women trusted that G-d would grant the Jewish People a miraculous victory over the Egyptians. How do we see this?
  14. Which sections of the Torah did the Jewish People receive at Marah?
  15. When did Bnei Yisrael run out of food?
  16. What lesson in derech eretz concerning the eating of meat is taught in this week's Parsha?
  17. How did non-Jews experience the taste of the manna?
  18. The Prophet Yirmiyahu showed the Jewish People a jar of manna prepared in the time of Moshe. Why?
  19. Which verse in this week's parsha alludes to the plague of blood?
  20. Why did Moshe's hands become heavy during the war against Amalek?

Answers

All references are to the verses and Rashi’s commentary, unless otherwise stated.

  1. What percentage of the Jewish People died during the plague of darkness?
    13:18 - Eighty percent (four-fifths).
  2. Why did the oath that Yosef administered to his brothers apply to Moshe's generation?
    13:19 - Yosef made his brothers swear that they would make their children swear.
  3. Why did the Egyptians want to pursue the Jewish People?
    14:5 - To regain their wealth.
  4. Where did the Egyptians get animals to pull their chariots?
    14:7 - From those Egyptians who feared the word of G-d and kept their animals inside during the plagues.
  5. What does it mean that the Jewish People "took hold of their fathers' craft" (tafsu umnut avotam )?
    14:10 - They cried out to G-d.
  6. How did G-d cause the wheels of the Egyptian chariots to fall off?
    14:25 - He melted them with fire.
  7. Why were the dead Egyptians cast out of the sea?
    14:30 - So that the Jewish People would see the destruction of the Egyptians and be assured of no further pursuit.
  8. To what future time is the verse hinting when it uses the future tense of "Then Moshe and Bnei Yisrael will sing"?
    15:1 - Resurrection of the dead during the time of mashiach .
  9. Why are the Egyptians compared to stone, lead, and straw?
    15:5 - The wickedest ones floated like straw, dying slowly. The average ones suffered less, sinking like stone. Those still more righteous sunk like lead, dying immediately.
  10. The princes of Edom and Moav had nothing to fear from the Jewish People. Why, then, were they "confused and gripped with trembling"?
    15:14 - They felt horrible seeing Israel in a state of glory.
  11. Moshe foretold that he would not enter the Land of Israel. Which word in the parsha indicates this?
    15:17 - "T'vi-aimo ..." -- "Bring them" (and not "bring us").
  12. Why is Miriam referred to as "Aharon's sister" and not as "Moshe's sister"?
    15:20 - Aharon put himself at risk for her when she was struck with tzara'at . (See Bamidbar 12:12 )
  13. The Jewish women trusted that G-d would grant the Jewish People a miraculous victory over the Egyptians. How do we see this?
    15:20 - They brought musical instruments with them in preparation for the miraculous victory celebration.
  14. Which sections of the Torah did the Jewish People receive at Marah?
    15:25 - Shabbat, Red Heifer, Judicial Laws.
  15. When did Bnei Yisrael run out of food?
    16:1 - 15th of Iyar.
  16. What lesson in derech eretz concerning the eating of meat is taught in this week's Parsha?
    16:8 - One should not eat meat to the point of satiation.
  17. How did non-Jews experience the taste of the manna?
    16:21 - The sun melted whatever manna remained in the fields. This flowed into streams from which animals drank. Whoever ate these animals tasted manna.
  18. The Prophet Yirmiyahu showed the Jewish People a jar of manna prepared in the time of Moshe. Why?
    16:32 - The people claimed they couldn't study Torah because they were too busy earning a livelihood. Yirmiyahu showed them the manna saying: "If you study Torah, G-d will provide for you just as he provided for your ancestors in the desert."
  19. Which verse in this week's parsha alludes to the plague of blood?
    17:5 - "And your staff with which you smote the river...."
  20. Why did Moshe's hands become heavy during the war against Amalek?
    17:12 - Because he was remiss in his duty, since he, not Yehoshua, should have led the battle.

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