Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 15 March 2003 / 11 Adar II 5763

Parshat Vayikra

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  1. Who does the word "eilav" in verse 1:1 exclude?
  2. Name all the types of animals and birds mentioned in this week's Parsha.
  3. What two types of sin does an olah atone for?
  4. Where was the olah slaughtered?
  5. What procedure of an animal-offering can a non-kohen perform?
  6. Besides the fire the kohanim bring on the altar, where else did the fire come from?
  7. At what stage of development are torim (turtledoves) and bnei yona (young pigeons) unfit as offerings?
  8. What is melika?
  9. Why are animal innards offered on the altar, while bird innards are not?
  10. Why does the Torah describe both the animal and bird offerings as a "satisfying aroma"?
  11. Why is the term "nefesh" used regarding the flour offering?
  12. Which part of the free-will mincha offering is burned on the altar?
  13. The Torah forbids bringing honey with the mincha. What is meant by "honey"?
  14. When does the Torah permit bringing a leavened bread offering?
  15. Concerning shelamim, why does the Torah teach about sheep and goats separately?
  16. For most offerings the kohen may use a service vessel to apply the blood on the mizbe'ach. For which korban may he apply the blood using only his finger?
  17. Who is obligated to bring a chatat?
  18. Where were the remains of the bull burnt while in the wilderness? Where were they burnt during the time of the Beit Hamikdash?
  19. What two things does a voluntary mincha have that a minchat chatat lacks?
  20. What is the minimum value of a korban asham?


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

  1. 1:1 - Aharon.
  2. 1:2,14, 3:12 - Cattle, sheep, goats, turtledoves (torim), and doves (bnei yona).
  3. 1:4 - Neglecting a positive command, and violating a negative command which is rectified by a positive command.
  4. 1:5 - In the Mishkan Courtyard (azarah).
  5. 1:5 - Ritual slaughter.
  6. 1:7 - It descended from Heaven.
  7. 1:14 - When their plumage turns golden. At that stage, bnei yona are too old and torim are too young.
  8. 1:15 - Slaughtering a bird from the back of the neck using one's fingernail.
  9. 1:16 - An animal's food is provided by its owner, so its innards are "kosher." Birds, however, eat food that they scavenge, so their innards are tainted with "theft."
  10. 1:17 -- To indicate that the size of the offering is irrelevant, provided your heart is directed toward G-d.
  11. 2:1 - Usually, it is a poor person who brings a flour offering. Therefore, Hashem regards it as if he had offered his nefesh (soul).
  12. 2:1 - The kometz (fistful).
  13. 2:11 - Any sweet fruit derivative.
  14. 2:12 - On Shavuot.
  15. 3:7 - Because they differ regarding the alya (fat tail). The lamb's alya is burned on the altar but the goat's is not.
  16. 3:8 - The chatat.
  17. 4:2 - One who accidentally transgresses a negative commandment whose willing violation carries the karet (excision) penalty.
  18. 4:12 -
    1. Outside the three camps.
    2. Outside Jerusalem.
  19. 5:11 - Levona and oil.
  20. 5:15 - Two shekalim.

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