Class review Spring 2018
1. Which four Biblical characters were mentioned together in the Talmud?
2. What do the four Biblical characters who were mentioned together in the Talmud have in common?
3. Which verse is cited regarding Moshe (Moses) – how does Rashi explain the citation?
4. What was Esther's real name?
5. What possible meaning is there for the name of Esther in light of mythology?
6. Which verse is cited regarding Esther? What is the message and meaning of the verse?
7. Which verse is cited regarding Haman? What is the message and meaning of the verse?
8. Which biblical character is suggested as a precursor of Haman?
9. Where was Mordechai from? What tribe was he from?
10. In what way can Mordechai be seen as the continuation or "tikun" of Saul?
11. What does the Midrash suggest is the deeper meaning for Mordechai's refusal to bow?
12. What building stood as the meeting point between Yehudah and Binyamin?
13. How is Mordechai related to incense?
14. What is the difference in the orientation to evil of Mordechai and Haman?
15. Why do fast days need “sinners”?
16. How does Yom Kippur heal the sins from the sin of the Golden Calf?
17. How is purim more “real” than Yom Kippur?
18. Which sense was not corrupted in the Garden of Eden?
19. In what way is Mordechai connected to incense?
20. Other than Mordechai, who else is connected to incense?
21. To what or whom does the Zohar compare Esther?
22. What is the context in the Torah which brings the verse attributed to the “wise son”?
23. What about the wise son’s question is contradictory? How did the Mechilta and Yerushalmi “smooth” over the “contradiction”?
24. How is the question attributed to the “wicked son” different from the other questions posed?
25. In the context of the Torah, did the people find the question of the “wicked son” disturbing?
26. Why would the generation of the Exodus be overjoyed to have a “wicked son”?
27. With whom did we associate the identity of the “wicked son” of the Mechilta?
28. With whom did we associate the identity of the “wicked son” of the Yerushalmi?
29. In what way did Rebbe Hiyya “update” the “wicked son” teaching? What had changed by that time?
World of the Sages
1. The word for clothing beged has a connotation of?
2. The word for clothing me’il has a connotation of?
3. When the pagans destroyed the Temple – what surprised them?
4. In what way were the keruvim a spiritual barometer?
5. How is the Hebrew word for “embarrassment” (used to describe Adam and Eve before the sin – when it says they were not embarrassed) related to clothing?
6. In what way are the keruvim related to Adam and Eve?
7. What was the act of compassion that God performed as he exiled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden?
8. How many times is Shabbat mentioned in the Book of Shmot?
9. What was the last law taught to Moshe before God handed him the Tablets?
10. What was comforting or healing about the laws of Shabbat taught to Moshe while on top of the mountain?
11. Why are the laws of Shabbat taught in the context of the Mishkan?
12. How are Shabbat and the Mishkan parallel?
13. What is the idea of tzimtzum?
14. How is man meant to practice tzimtzum?
15. In what way are the korbanot (offerings) cathartic?
16. Did the Rambam think that offerings would exist in the future?
17. How did the Rambam understand the verses which described the lamb and lion living in harmony?
18. How did Rav Kook understand the verses which described the lamb and lion living in harmony?
19. According to Rav Kook what would be the impediment to offering animals in the future?
Contemporary Halacha – Law and Ethics
1. Which three laws are the exception – and one should accept martyrdom rather than break the law?
2. Does the law of death over transgression only apply when there is an outsider threatening?
3. What was the case of the man who got a doctor’s note who needed a “prohibition”?
4. What was the case of the Shvut Yaakov?
5. What was the case of the Maharik?
6. Is there an absolute correlation between culpability and consequences? Who discusses this?
7. Is “duress” the same as rape?
8. How would the approach of the Noda Beyehuda exonerate the woman in the story with “Eliyahu”?
9. What was the argument of Rabbi Etlinger (Binyan Zion) in his attempt to exonerate the woman in the story with “Eliyahu”?
10. What was the question posed to Rabbi Etlinger (Binyan Zion)?