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Q&A : Re'eh

08/13/2020 02:35:26 PM


Rabbi Edward Davis

From the Text
1. What was the physical difference between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Eival?
2. Why would Hashem allow a false prophet to come and predict an event accurately? (13:4)
3. What is the punishment for a Wayward City (a city in Israel whose inhabitants worship idolatry)? (13:16,17)
4. Which of the following is kosher: Ibex, Giraffe, Antelope, Camel, and Bison?
5. Which tithes are taken in the 7th year?

From Rashi
6. How long would it take Bnei Yisrael to conquer and divide the Promised Land? (12:18)
7. What could be done with an animal which was consecrated as a sacrifice and then found to have a blemish? (12:15)
8. Who was permitted to eat meat once they entered Eretz Yisrael? (12:20)
9. How does one cleave to Hashem? (13:5)
10. What should you do if a person refuses your donation? (15:8)

From the Rabbis
11. What city in Israel is near Mts. Gerizim and Eival? (Sotah 33b)
12. The Torah mentions Shechitah (ritual slaughter) only regarding bringing a sacrifice. How do we know that Shechitah is required to eat a kosher animal? (Rambam)
13. How frequently is there a leap year in the fixed Jewish calendar? (Rashbam on 16:1)

Haftorah.   Isaiah
14. The leader of Israel will be the offspring of whom?

a) Yissachar - Esav
b) Yaakov - Elifaz
c) Avraham - Betuel (2 answers)
d) Yitzchak - Midian
e) Amram - Elazar


1. Mt. Gerizim is green with vegetation, symbolic of blessing. Mt. Eival is bare, symbolic of the curse.
2. Hashem would be testing Bnei Yisrael, to see if we love Him.
3. Destroy the city; execute all the inhabitants, including animals and livestock; burn all their possessions: erase the city off the map.
4. Camel is not kosher; the rest are kosher.
5. None.
6. Fourteen years: seven years to conquer, and seven years to divide the land.
7. It is redeemed. The meat may be eaten, but the fleece and milk may not be used.
8. Only a well-to-do person, who could afford it, could be allowed to eat meat.
9. By imitating His attributes.
10. Offer the money as a loan.
11. Shechem.
12. Shechitah is an Halachah L’Moshe MiSinai and tantamount to a Torah law.
13. Seven times in every cycle of 19 years.
14. The offspring of King David.
a) Uncle Esav
b) Uncle Yaakov
c) Uncle Avraham and Mechutanim
d) Half Brothers
e) Grandfather Amram

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781