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For the week ending 4 September 2010 / 24 Elul 5770

Parshat Netzavim - Vayelech

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Questions

Nitzavim

  1. What is the connection between the verse "atem nitzavim" and the curses in the previous parsha?
  2. Who were the wood-choppers and water-carriers?
  3. Why can G-d never "swap" the Jewish people for another nation?
  4. One who ignores the Torah's warnings "adds drunkenness to thirst." What does this mean?
  5. What two cities were destroyed along with Sedom and Amorah?
  6. "The hidden things are for Hashem, our G-d, and the revealed things are for us..." What does this mean?
  7. According to Rashi, how will the day of the ingathering of the exiles be "great and difficult?"
  8. Where is the Torah not to be found? Where is it to be found?
  9. When and where did the Jewish People become culpable for each other's sins?
  10. How do the earth and sky remind us to keep the mitzvot?

Vayelech

  1. Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in..." How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?
  2. Which of Moshe's statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by G-d's command?
  3. Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?
  4. Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?
  5. What does it mean that G-d "hides His face?"
  6. What function does the song Ha'azinu serve?
  7. Which verse promises that the Torah will never be totally forgotten?
  8. What is the difference of opinion regarding the placing of the Torah scroll which Moshe gave the levi'im?
  9. On the day of Moshe's death, why didn't Moshe gather the people by blowing trumpets as he normally would have?
  10. Moshe said, "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly," but, in fact, this didn't occur until after Yehoshua's death. What does this teach us?

Answers

Nitzavim

  1. What is the connection between the verse "atem nitzavim" and the curses in the previous parsha?
    29:12 - The Jewish People asked, "Who can survive such curses?" Moshe responded, "You've done a lot to anger G-d, and yet "atem nitzavim" you're still standing before Him."
  2. Who were the wood-choppers and water-carriers?
    29:10 - Canaanites who joined the Jewish People under false pretenses.
  3. Why can G-d never "swap" the Jewish people for another nation?
    29:12 - Because G-d swore to their ancestors that He would never do so.
  4. One who ignores the Torah's warnings "adds drunkenness to thirst." What does this mean?
    29:18 - He causes G-d to reckon his unintentional sins alongside his intentional ones, punishing him for all.
  5. What two cities were destroyed along with Sedom and Amorah?
    29:22 - Admah and Tsevoyim.
  6. "The hidden things are for Hashem, our G-d, and the revealed things are for us..." What does this mean?
    29:28 - There is collective culpability only for "open" sins, but not for "hidden" ones.
  7. According to Rashi, how will the day of the ingathering of the exiles be "great and difficult?"
    30: 3 - It will be as if G-d needs to take each individual by the hand and lead him out of exile.
  8. Where is the Torah not to be found? Where is it to be found?
    30:12-15 - The Torah is not found in heaven nor across the ocean. Rather, it is "very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart."
  9. When and where did the Jewish People become culpable for each other's sins?
    30:28 - When they crossed the Jordan and accepted the oath on Mt. Eval and Mt. Grizim.
  10. How do the earth and sky remind us to keep the mitzvot?
    30:19 - The earth and heavenly bodies, although receiving neither reward nor punishment, always obey G-d's will. How much more should we, who stand to receive reward or punishment, obey G-d.

Vayelech

  1. Moshe said, "I am 120 years old today. I am no longer able to go out and come in..." How do we know this does not refer to physical inability?
    31:2 - Because verse 34:7 says "His (Moshe's) eye never dimmed, and his (youthful) moisture never departed."
  2. Which of Moshe's statements to Yehoshua was later contradicted by G-d's command?
    31:7 - Moshe told Yehoshua to share his leadership with the Elders. G-d later commanded Yehoshua to rule alone.
  3. Why does the Torah refer to Succot of the eighth year as though it occurred during the shemita year?
    31:10 - Because the laws of the seventh year still apply to the harvest.
  4. Why does the Torah command that babies be brought to the Torah reading?
    31:12 - To give reward to those who bring them.
  5. What does it mean that G-d "hides His face?"
    31:17 - He ignores their distress.
  6. What function does the song Ha'azinu serve?
    31:21 - It warns what will befall the Jewish People if they abandon Torah.
  7. Which verse promises that the Torah will never be totally forgotten?
    31:21 - "For (the Torah) will not be forgotten from the mouth of their offspring."
  8. What is the difference of opinion regarding the placing of the Torah scroll which Moshe gave the levi'im?
    31:26 - Whether it was placed outside but adjacent to the Ark, or inside next to the Tablets.
  9. On the day of Moshe's death, why didn't Moshe gather the people by blowing trumpets as he normally would have?
    31:28 - Blowing the trumpets expressed Moshe's dominion, and "there is no dominion on the day of death." (Kohelet 8)
  10. Moshe said, "For I know that after my death you will act corruptly," but, in fact, this didn't occur until after Yehoshua's death. What does this teach us?
    31:29 - That a person's student is as dear to him as himself As long as Yehoshua was alive, it was as though Moshe himself

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