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Torah Teasers Parshat Shmot

Shmot (Exodus 1:1-6:1 )

by Moshe Erlbaum

10 great Torah Teasers.

1. In Egypt the Jews are forced to produce bricks (Exodus 1:14). In what context are bricks first mentioned in the Torah?

Bricks are first mentioned in parshas Noah where the people produced bricks to build the Tower of Bavel (Genesis 11:3).

2. Aside from this parsha, where do midwives assist in a birth? (2 answers)

In parshas Vayishlach a midwife is involved in the birth of Binyamin to Rachel (Genesis 35:17). In parshas Vayeshev, a midwife assists in the birth of Peretz and Zerach to Tamar, the wife of Yehuda (Genesis (28:38).

3. In what context does the number three appear in this parsha? (2 answers)

Moshe's mother hid him for three months before placing him in the Nile (Exodus 2:2). At the end of the parsha, Moshe requests from Pharaoh to allow the nation to travel on a three-day journey to serve Hashem (Exodus 5:3).

4. In this parsha, who runs away? What two other places in the Torah does it explicitly state that somebody runs away?

In this parsha, Moshe runs away after killing the Egyptian (Exodus 2:15). In parshas Vayetzei, Yaakov runs away from Lavan (Genesis 31:21). In parshas Lech Lecha, Hagar runs away from Sarah (Genesis 16:6). [Although Yaakov also runs away from Esav, the Torah does not explicitly state so.]

5. In this parsha, who does Hashem call by repeating his name? Who else in the Torah has his name repeated when called? (2 answers) Who is the only person in the Prophets whom Hashem calls with the repetition of his name?

In this parsha, Moshe's name is repeated when Hashem calls him by the burning bush (Exodus 3:4). Elsewhere in the Torah: In parshas Vayigash, Hashem calls "Yaakov Yaakov" on the way down to Egypt (Genesis 46:2), and in parshas Vayera, Avraham's name is repeated (by an angel, not by Hashem Himself) when he is told to stop the binding of Yitzhak (Genesis 22:11). In the Prophets, Shmuel's name is repeated when Hashem speaks to him the first time (1-Samuel 3:10).

6. In this parsha, who is called a Levite?

Aharon is called a Levite (Exodus 4:14).

7. In this parsha, who is called a kohen (priest)?

Yisro is called a kohen (priest) (Exodus 2:16).

8. In this parsha, where do five verses in a row begin with the same word?

Verses 3:11-15 all begin with the word "Vayomer" - "And he said."

9. In what context is snow mentioned?

When Hashem inflicts Moshe with leprosy on his hand, the Torah states that Moshe's hand is "as white as snow" (Exodus 4:6).

10. Straw was used by the Jews in Egypt to make bricks (Exodus 5:12). Where else in the book of Exodus is straw mentioned?

In parshas Beshalach, the drowning of the Egyptians is compared to straw sinking in water (Exodus 15:7).

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