Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 4 April 2020 / 10 Nisan 5780

Parshat Tzav

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  1. What separated the kohen's skin from the priestly garments?
  2. How often were the ashes removed from upon the mizbe'ach? How often were they removed from next to the mizbe'ach?
  3. If someone extinguishes the fire on the mizbe'ach, how many Torah violations has he transgressed?
  4. The portion of a flour-offeringoffered on the mizbe'ach may not be chametz. But is the kohen's portion allowed to be chametz?
  5. When a kohen is inaugurated, what offering must he bring?
  6. What three baking processes were used to prepare the korban of Aharon and his sons?
  7. What is the difference between a minchat kohen and a minchat Yisrael?
  8. When is a kohen disqualified from eating from a chatat?
  9. What is the difference between a copper and earthenware vessel regarding removing absorbed tastes?
  10. Can an animal dedicated as an asham be replaced with another animal?
  11. How does an asham differ from all other korbanot?
  12. Unlike all other korbanot, what part of the ram or sheep may be placed on the mizbe'ach?
  13. What three types of kohanim may not eat from the asham?
  14. In which four instances is a korban todah brought?
  15. Until when may a todah be eaten according to the Torah? Until when according to Rabbinic decree?
  16. How does a korban become pigul?
  17. Who may eat from a shelamim?
  18. What miracle happened at the entrance of the Ohel Moed?
  19. Other than Yom Kippur, what other service requires that the kohen separate from his family?
  20. What are the 5 categories of korbanot listed in this Parsha?


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

  1. 6:3 - Nothing.
  2. 6:4 -
    A) Every day.
    B) Whenever there was a lot.
  3. 6:6 - Two.
  4. 6:10 - No.
  5. 6:13 - A korban mincha -- A tenth part of an ephah of flour.
  6. 6:14 - Boiling, baking in an oven and frying in a pan.
  7. 6:15 - The minchat kohen is burnt completely. Only a handful of the minchat Yisrael is burnt, and the remainder is eaten by the kohanim.
  8. 6:19 - If he is tamei (spiritually impure) at the time of the sprinkling of the blood.
  9. 6:21 - One can remove an absorbed taste from a copper vessel by scouring and rinsing, whereas such a taste can never be removed from an earthenware vessel.
  10. 7:1 - No.
  11. 7:3 - It can only be brought from a ram or sheep.
  12. 7:3 - The tail.
  13. 7:7 - A t'vul yom (a tamei kohen who immersed in a mikveh yet awaits sunset to become tahor); A mechusar kipurim (a tamei person who has gone to the mikveh but has yet to bring his required offering); An onan (a mourner prior to the burial of the deceased).
  14. 7:12 - Upon safe arrival from an ocean voyage; Upon safe arrival from a desert journey; Upon being freed from prison; Upon recovering from illness.
  15. 7:15 -
  16. 7:18 - The person slaughters the animal with the intention that it be eaten after the prescribed time.
  17. 7:19 - Any uncontaminated person (not only the owner).
  18. 8:3 - The entire nation was able to fit in this very small area.
  19. 8:34 - The burning of the parah adumah (red heifer).
  20. Olah (6:2); mincha (6:7); chatat (6:18); asham (7:1); shelamim (7:11).

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