As You Study This
Shemot Quiz Questions
1. How many were the souls that descended from Jacob?
2. What were the names of the two store-cities that the Israelites built for the new Pharaoh?
3. How do you spell Pharaoh?
4. What were the names of the two midwives that Pharaoh dealt with?
5. Why did Pharaoh want to do away with the male Hebrew children as opposed to the female children? Why not both?
6. Why did the midwives disobey Pharaoh?
7. When Moses was born, his mother saw that he was a “goodly child” and she hid him for three months. According to Rashi, what does a “goodly child” mean?
8. We are told that Moses fled Egypt and dwelt in the land of Midian. The next thing we are told was that he sat down where and what happened?
9. Of what other two instances in previous parshiyot does this story remind you?
10. What was the name of Moses and Tzipporah’s first child? And what does the name mean or signify?
11. What is the symbolism of the burning bush?
12. What were two signs that God gave Moses to prove that He was God?
Vayechi Quiz Answers
1. Jacob was 130 when he came to Egypt. He stayed there for 17 years.
2. Joseph put Jacob’s right hand toward Manasseh’s forehead and his left hand toward
Ephraim’s. When Jacob switched his hands, placing his right hand which should be for the eldest on the youngest, Joseph protested. Jacob explained that the younger would be greater and his seed would become a multitude of nations (48:17-20).
3. These are five instances where the younger was preferred over the older: Abel (Cain), Isaac (Ishmael), Jacob (Esau), Moses (Aaron), Joseph (Reuben).
4. The first possible explanation of this verse is “And so Joseph brought them out from between his (Jacob’s) knees” is that this was the symbol of adoption. Jacob adopted the two boys and they each received an equal portion of Jacob’s estate. The second possible explanation is that they were to be considered sons of Canaan like Jacob, not sons of Egypt (48:5).
5. Jacob said this because Reuben went to his father’s bed with Bilhah and defiled it (49:3-4).
6. Jacob described Simon and Levi as weapons of violence, because they slaughtered Shehem who had raped Dinah, plus all of the men of his tribe (49:5-7).
7. Jacob described Zebulun as a seaman and merchant, and Issachar as a student. Zebulun
financed Issachar’s Torah study and both benefited thereby (49:13-15).
8. Jacob’s prophecy for Dan was that he would judge (and defend) his people as one of the tribes of Israel (49:16-17).
9. These brothers were compared to animals: Judah to a lion (49:9); Issachar to a large-boned ass (49:14); Dan to a snake (49:17); Naphtali to a hind (49:21); Benjamin to a wolf (49:27).
10. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, and Leah are buried in the cave of Mahpelah (49:31). Rachel is buried near Bet Lehem.
11. Joseph’s brothers lied and said that Jacob had commanded Joseph to forgive his brothers for their transgressions and the evil they had done him (50:15-16).
12. Joseph told them not to be afraid; that while they meant evil against him, God meant it for good, to save many lives (50:20).
13. Joseph was 110 years old when he died (50:26). His last request was that his bones be buried in Canaan (50:24-25).
Provided by the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.