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Q&A: Parshiyot Chukat-Balak 5780

07/01/2020 04:33:52 PM


Rabbi Edward Davis

From the Text
1. What happened to the Red Cow? (19:5)
2. How did Moshe err and hit the rock to get water? (20:8)
3. Where did Aharon die and where is he buried ? (20:22)
4. What two kings did Moshe and Bnei Yisrael defeat on their way to the Promised Land? (21:22-35)
5. How many sacrifices did Balak end up offering to Hashem? (Chapter 23)
From Rashi
6. What is the standard definition of a “Chok”? (19:2)
7. What did they do with the ashes of the Red Cow? (19:9)
8. How do we know that in the merit of Miriam, Hashem provided water from a well while in the desert? (20:2)
9. Why did Balak fear Bnei Yisrael? (22:2)
10. Why did the elders of Midian abandon the mission of enlisting Bilaam to curse the nation of Israel? (22:8)
From the Rabbis
11. According to our Rabbis, how many times in our history has there been a Red Cow?
12. The rock Moshe hit to get water: Where have we seen this rock before? (Ramban)
13. At Shittim, Bnei Yisrael were enticed to sin by the daughters of Moav and Midian. Why did Hashem command a war against only Midian? (Alshich)
Haftorah. Micah
14. What is it that Hashem really wants from us?
a) Miriam - Amram
b) Tzipporah - Elazar
c) Moshe Rabbeinu - Rechavia
d) Nadav - Aminadav
e) Ruth - Balak


1. It is slaughtered and burned completely.
2. Because Hashem told Moshe to take the staff with him (that he used before to hit the rock) and approach the rock.
3. Atop Mount Hor.
4. Sichon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan.
5. 42 (3x14).
6. A decree from Hashem that we do not understand why.
7. It was divided into three parts. a) One part was stored on Mt. of Olives for future use (to purify the Kohen doing a ritual service); b) another part was divided among the Kohanim for use in purifying people; and c) this part was kept near to the wall of the Courtyard of the Holy Temple for safekeeping.
8. Because as soon as Miriam died, the people, all of a sudden, lacked water.
9. Sichon and Og were supposed to protect the Canaanites. Once they were defeated, Balak realized that he could not beat Bnei Yisrael.
10. The elders of Midian decided that if Bilaam stalled, it would show that he was a fraud. So, they left.
11. Only 9 times. Moshe prepared one; the second one by Ezra. And 7 more existed between the days of Ezra and the destruction of the Second Holy Temple.
12. This is the rock that the angel revealed to Hagar when Yishmael was dying of thirst. And it was the same rock that Moshe hit nearly 40 years earlier.
13. The daughters of Moav approached any Jewish men. The daughters of Midian attempted to ensnare the Jewish leaders, including Moshe. And they were successful with a prince of Shimon, Zimri.
14. The performance of justice, the love of kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
a) Father Amram
b) Mother Tzipporah
c) Grandfather Moshe
d) Grandfather Aminadav
e) Great Great Grandfather Balak

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