Parsha

For the week ending 21 June 2014 / 23 Sivan 5774

Parshat Korach

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Questions

  1. Why did Datan and Aviram join Korach?
  2. Why is Yaakov's name not mentioned in Korach's genealogy?
  3. What motivated Korach to rebel?
  4. What did Korach and company do when Moshe said that a techelet garment needs tzizit?
  5. What warning did Moshe give the rebels regarding the offering of the incense?
  6. Did Moshe want to be the kohen gadol?
  7. What event did Korach not foresee?
  8. What does the phrase rav lachem mean in this week's Parsha? (Give two answers.)
  9. What lands are described in this week's Parsha as "flowing with milk and honey"?
  10. When did Moshe have the right to take a donkey from the Jewish community?
  11. What did Korach do the night before the final confrontation?
  12. What sin did Datan and Aviram have in common specifically with Goliath?
  13. Before what age is a person not punished by the Heavenly Court for his sins?
  14. What happens to one who rebels against the institution of kehuna? Who suffered such a fate?
  15. Why specifically was incense used to stop the plague?
  16. Why was Aharon's staff placed in the middle of the other 11 staffs?
  17. Aharon's staff was kept as a sign. What did it signify?
  18. Why are the 24 gifts for the kohanim taught in this week's Parsha?
  19. Who may eat the kodshei kodashim (most holy sacrifices) and where must they be eaten?
  20. Why is G-d's covenant with the kohanim called "a covenant of salt"?

Answers

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

  1. Why did Datan and Aviram join Korach?
    16:1 - Because they were his neighbors.
  2. Why is Yaakov's name not mentioned in Korach's genealogy?
    16:1 - Yaakov prayed that his name not be mentioned in connection with Korach's rebellion (Bereishet 49:6).
  3. What motivated Korach to rebel?
    16:1 - Korach was jealous that Elizafan ben Uziel was appointed as leader of the family of Kehat instead of himself.
  4. What did Korach and company do when Moshe said that a techelet garment needs tzizit?
    16:1 - They laughed.
  5. What warning did Moshe give the rebels regarding the offering of the incense?
    16:6 - Only one person would survive.
  6. Did Moshe want to be the kohen gadol?
    16-6 - Yes.
  7. What event did Korach not foresee?
    16:7 - That his sons would repent.
  8. What does the phrase rav lachem mean in this week's Parsha? (Give two answers.)
    16:7,3 - Rav lachem appears twice in this week's Parsha. It means "much more than enough greatness have you taken for yourself (16:3)" and "It is a great thing I have said to you (16:17)."
  9. What lands are described in this week's Parsha as "flowing with milk and honey"?
    16:12 - Egypt and Canaan.
  10. When did Moshe have the right to take a donkey from the Jewish community?
    16:15 - When he traveled from Midian to Egypt.
  11. What did Korach do the night before the final confrontation?
    16:19 - Korach went from tribe to tribe in order to rally support for himself.
  12. What sin did Datan and Aviram have in common specifically with Goliath?
    16:27 - They all blasphemed.
  13. Before what age is a person not punished by the Heavenly Court for his sins?
    16:27 - Twenty years old.
  14. What happens to one who rebels against the institution of kehuna? Who suffered such a fate?
    17:5 - He is stricken with tzara'at, as was King Uziyahu (Divrei HaYamim II 26:16-19).
  15. Why specifically was incense used to stop the plague?
    17:13 - Because the people were deprecating the incense offering, saying that it caused the death of two of Aharon's sons and also the death of 250 of Korach's followers. Therefore G-d demonstrated that the incense offering was able to avert death, and it is sin, not incense, which causes death.
  16. Why was Aharon's staff placed in the middle of the other 11 staffs?
    17:21 - So people would not say that Aharon's staff bloomed because Moshe placed it closer to the Shechina.
  17. Aharon's staff was kept as a sign. What did it signify?
    17:25 - That only Aharon and his children were selected for the kehuna.
  18. Why are the 24 gifts for the kohanim taught in this week's Parsha?
    18:8 - Since Korach claimed the kehuna, the Torah emphasizes Aharon's and his descendants' rights to kehuna by recording the gifts given to them.
  19. Who may eat the kodshei kodashim (most holy sacrifices) and where must they be eaten?
    18:10 - Male kohanim may eat them and only in the azara (forecourt of the Beit Hamikdash).
  20. Why is G-d's covenant with the kohanim called "a covenant of salt"?
    18:19 - Just as salt never spoils, so this covenant will never be rescinded.

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