Responses to Parsha Questions

January 26, 2023

Parshas Beshalach Answers:

Warmup Questions: From the Pesukim
  1. After leaving Egypt, Hashem decided not to take Bnei Yisrael on the road next to the Pilishtim but rather a rather a roundabout way towards the Yam Suf. (13:17-18)
  2. Hashem sent a strong eastern wind to split the sea. (14:21)
  3. Hashem, as it says “ה’ אִ֣ישׁ מִלְחָמָ֑ה ה’ שְׁמֽוֹ”. (15:3)
  4. 1. Stone (15:5; See Rashi) 2. Straw (15:8) 3. Lead (15:10)
  5. An “Omer’s” worth, which is equivalent to 43.5 beitzos (eggs). (16:18)
  6. 1. Marah, they complained because the water was too bitter (15:23-24) 2. Refidim (17:1-2) they complained because there was no water at all to drink.
  7. Yehoshua. (17:8)

More Challenging Questions: From Rashi

  1. Moshe was told by Hashem that he should stop davening right before Krias Yam Suf as it is not an appropriate time for a lengthy prayer when immediate action was needed to lead Bnei Yisrael across the Yam Suf. (Rashi 14:15)
  2. Bnei Efraim tried leaving early but were killed by the Pilishtim. (Rashi 15:14)
  3. On the morning of the 16th of Iyar. (Rashi 16:1)
  4. Miriam, who led the women in singing (15:20) and Chur, who helped keep Moshe’s arms raised. Rashi (17:10) says that Chur was Miriam’s (and Caleb’s) son.
  5. 1. The extra portion of mon that fell on Erev Shabbos (& Erev Yom Tov) which stayed fresh for Shabbos/Yom Tov day. (16:24) 2. There was a portion of mon that was put in a jar for safekeeping (next to the Aron). (16:33) 3. The mon that they had after Moshe’s death until they entered Eretz Yisrael. (Yehoshua 5:12)
  6. 1. The Amud Aish would provide light each night. 2. The Amud Anan provided protection from the arrows & spears of the Egyptians. (Rashi 14:19) 3. The Egyptians were confused by Hashem and lost their minds (14:24, Rashi) 4. The cloud & fire made it impossible for the Egyptian chariots and horses to get out of the Yam Suf. (14:24) 5. The splitting of the sea. 6. The שְּׂלָ֔ו that provided meat for Bnei Yisrael arrived in the evening. (16:13)
  7. Rashi (17:6) proves that it must have been made of a strong material, because the stick was able to split the rock in half. (It was made of sapphire)

Answers to Last Week’s (Parshas Bo) Bonus Questions

1) Where in the Torah is Moshe described as being “angry”? (7 answers)

  1. Moshe gets angry at Paraoh who tells him that he won’t see Moshe’s face again. (11:8, Rashi) 2. He gets angry at those who disobeyed his directive to not leave over mon. (16:20, Rashi says it was Dasan & Aviram) 3. Moshe was angry and broke the luchos when he saw Bnei Yisrael engaging in the Eigel Hazahav. (Ki Sissah 32:19) 4. Moshe gets angry at Elazar and Itmar who he (mistakenly) thought should not have burnt the Rosh Chodesh chatas but rather eaten it. (Vayikra 10:16) 5. Moshe is angered by Dasan and Aviram’s refusal to come when they were summoned. (Bamidbar 16:15) 6. Moshe gets angry at the officers of the army who let the women of Midian live. (Bamidbar 31:14) 7. Rashi 31:21 says that Moshe got angry when he hit the rock in Parshas Chukas.

2) List at least 7 specific body parts that are mentioned in the Parsha?

  1. Heart (10:1) 2. Ear (10:2) 3. Hand (10:12) 4. tongue (11:7) 5. Foot (11:8) 6. leg (12:9) 7. Head (12:9) 8. Shoulder (12:34) 9. Womb/uterus (13:1) 10. Eye (13:16) 11. Neck (13:13)

3) For which of the mitzvos that are mentioned in the parsha is there a punishment of Kares?

  1. Eating Chametz on Pesach (12:15) 2. Bris Milah (12:48) 3. Korban Pesach (See Krisos 1:1 for the complete list of 36 commandments that there is a punishment of Kares)