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Torah Teasers Parshat Bechukotai

Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34 )

by Moshe Erlbaum

1. The name of which other parsha is contained within the name of this parsha?

Parshas Chukas, from the book of Numbers, is contained within the name of parshas Bechukosai.

2. In this parsha, which word and its antonym appear in the same verse? (2 answers)

(1) The word "old" and its antonym "new" appear in Leviticus 26:10: Part of the reward for observing the commandments is that there will be an abundance of grain - such that the old grain will be removed from the storehouses to make room for the new grain. (2) The words "good" and "bad" appear in Leviticus 27:10 (and 27:12) regarding the laws of substituting sanctified animals.

3. In this parsha, which two metals appear in the same verse?

Iron and copper appear in Leviticus 26:19 which discusses consequences of not following God's ways.

4. In this parsha, what object is mentioned in three consecutive verses?

"Sword" appears in three consecutive verses that discuss the blessings which come as a consequence for fulfilling God's will (Leviticus 26:6-8).

5. In this parsha, which number appears twice consecutively in one verse?

The number 100 appears twice consecutively in Leviticus 26:8, which states that when the Jews following God's laws, "Five of you will chase 100, and 100 (meah meah) will chase ten thousand."

6. In this parsha, which number appears four times within the words of rebuke?

The number seven appears four times when the Torah warns that punishments will be increased sevenfold above sins (Leviticus 26:18, 21, 24, 28).

7. In this parsha, which of the Ten Plagues meted out to the Egyptians is mentioned?

The plague of pestilence (dever) appears in the words of rebuke (Leviticus 26:25).

8. In this parsha, in what context is the number 10 mentioned? (3 answers)

(1) In the words of rebuke, the Torah states that 10 women will have to bake bread in one oven (Leviticus 26:26). (2) One who promises to give the Temple treasury the value of a female between the ages of 5-20, or above 60, must donate 10 shekels (Leviticus 27:4, 7). (3) The very end of the parsha discusses how a farmer counts his newborn animals as they pass under his staff, giving every tenth animal as a tithe (Leviticus 27:32).

9. Aside from Moshe, which three other people are mentioned explicitly by name in this parsha?

The three patriarchs - Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov - are mentioned in a verse of comfort within the words of rebuke (Leviticus 26:42).

10. In this parsha, what single set of laws involve the numbers 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 50, and 60?

All these numbers are mentioned in the laws that govern donating an individual's "value" to Temple treasury (Leviticus 27:3-7).


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