Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 7 March 2020 / 11 Adar II 5780

Parshat Tetzaveh

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  1. What two precautions were taken to assure the purity of oil for the menorah?
  2. How was Aharon commanded to kindle the menorah?
  3. What does tamid mean in reference to the menorah?
  4. What does kehuna mean?
  5. Name the eight garments worn by the Kohen Gadol.
  6. To what does Rashi compare the ephod?
  7. In which order were the names of the Tribes inscribed on the ephod?
  8. The stones of the ephod bore the inscription of the names of the sons of Yaakov. Why?
  9. For what sins did the choshen mishpat atone?
  10. What are three meanings of the word mishpat?
  11. What was lacking in the bigdei kehuna in the second Beit Hamikdash?
  12. Which garment's fabric was woven of only one material?
  13. When the Kohen Gadol wore all his priestly garments, where on his head was the tefillin situated?
  14. What does the word tamid mean in reference to the tzitz? (two answers)
  15. Which garments were worn by a kohen hediot?
  16. During the inauguration of the kohanim, a bullock was brought as a sin offering. For what sin did this offering atone?
  17. Moshe was commanded to wash Aharon and his sons to prepare them to serve as kohanim (29:4). How were they washed?
  18. What was unique about the bull sin-offering brought during the inauguration of the kohanim?
  19. How did the oil used for the meal-offering differ from the oil used for the menorah?
  20. What does the crown on the mizbeach haketoret symbolize?


All references are to the verses and Rashis commentary, unless otherwise stated.

  1. 27:20 - The olives were pressed and not ground; and only the first drop was used.
  2. 27:20 - He was commanded to kindle it until the flame ascended by itself.
  3. 27:20 - It means that it should be kindled every night.
  4. 28:3 - Service.
  5. 28:4,36,42 - Choshen, ephod, me'il, ketonet, mitznefet, avnet, tzitz, and michnasayim.
  6. 28:6 - A woman's riding garment.
  7. 28:10 - In order of birth.
  8. 28:12 - So that G-d would see their names and recall their righteousness.
  9. 28:15 - For judicial errors.
  10. 28:15 -
  11. (i) The claims of the litigants
    (ii) The court's ruling
    (iii) The court's punishment.
  12. 28:30 - The Urim V'Tumim -- the "Shem Ha'meforash" placed in the folds of the choshen.
  13. 28:31 - The fabric of the me'il was made only of techelet.
  14. 28:37 - Between the tzitz and the mitznefet.
  15. 28:38 -
  16. (i) It always atones, even when not being worn.
    (ii)The Kohen Gadol must always be aware that he is wearing it.
  17. 28:40,42 - Ketonet, avnet, migba'at, and michnasayim.
  18. 29:1 - The sin of the golden calf.
  19. 29:4 - They immersed in a mikveh.
  20. 29:14 - It is the only external sin-offering that was completely burned.
  21. 29:40 - Oil for the menorah comes only from beaten olives. Oil for meal-offerings may come from either beaten olives or from ground-up olives.
  22. 30:3 - The crown of kehuna.

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