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bullet According to the Vilna Gaon's chronology , on what date did the Clouds of Glory reappear after the Sin of the Golden Calf and what Holy Days does this date join? 

 

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What are the blessings before eating potato pancakes (potato latkes) and jelly donuts (sufganiot)? 

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From what two incidents in the Chumash do we derive the laws of privacy?
 
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Normally , a person may not give more than 20% of his income to charity. What circumstances would require a person to give away all his wealth to charity?  (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)

 

bullet   Why does G-d reward evil people quickly for their good deeds?  (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)

 

bullet  In what period of Jewish history do you find ordinary Jews with no desire to sin?  (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)

 

bullet  On what nights of the year is it improper to recite Kiddush in shul?   (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)
 
bullet Which biblical figure married his sister after receiving his father's permission to do so?
 
bullet This actually happened to me on Shabbat Bereishit.  A guest Levi was called up for the Levi Aliyah.  I, also a Levi, was called up for the   Maftir  Aliyah.  How can this be?
bullet According to the Vilna Gaon where is it unusual and not unusual for miracles to occur?  (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)
 
bullet According to Rashi when do we not say Hallel for a miraculous occurrence?  (from A Treasury of Torah Riddles by Rabbi Mordechai Weintraub, Z"L)
 
bullet  Where in the Bible do we find an allusion to Chanukah?  (Hint: Although there are several allusions to Chanukah for this answer you don't have to look far.) 
 
bullet Name three prominent figures in Judaism (job title) who are not permitted to be intoxicated while performing their duties.
 
bullet How can someone fulfill the mitzvah of  Tzedakah without giving Tzedakah? 
 
bullet According to Kabbalah , how many times should one dip the piece of bread, over which one has recited the HaMotzi blessing, in salt and why ?                      
 
bullet What are three reasons why the Tochacha (Admonitions) in Parsha Bechukotai are not divided into two aliyot and the reading is started a few verses before the actual Tochacha and end a few verses after the Tochacha?   
 
bullet What is the difference between the Tochacha in the Book of Vayikra and the Tochacha in the Book of Devarim?
 
bullet What are the names of the two spies that Joshua sent to Jericho (Haftarah Shelach)?

 

bullet Who did Rechava (Haftarah Shelach) marry?  
 
bullet What two things are prohibited to eat or drink between Av 1-9 and when is the exception to this? 
 
bullet What does the fourth blessing of the Birkat HaMazon refer to and who instituted it?

 

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Q: According to the Vilna Gaon's chronology , on what date did the Clouds of Glory reappear after the Sin of the Golden Calf and what Holy Days does this date join? 
A: The 15th of Tishrei (Sukkot).  It joins Sukkot to the High Holy Days.
 
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 What are the blessings before eating potato pancakes (potato latkes) and jelly donuts (sufganiot)? 

A: For potato latkes it is Boreh P'ree HaAdamah.  For Sufganiot it is Boreh Minay Mezonot.
 
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From what two incidents in the Chumash do we derive the laws of privacy?
A: 1.  Noah became drunk and uncovered himself.  His two sons (Shem and Japheth) walked backwards into his tent to cover his nakedness.

2.   The sorcerer, Billam saw the Israelite encampment and noticed that the tents were situated so that no one could see into the tents of his neighbor. He then blessed them (how goodly are your tents Oh Jacob, your dwellings, Israel).

 
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Normally , a person may not give more than 20% of his income to charity. What circumstances would require a person to give away all his wealth to charity?
A: According to the Chayei Adam 21:13 one is obligated to give away his entire wealth rather than violate any negative Torah commandment.  The 20% rule refers to  a positive commandment, according to the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 656:1.
 
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Q:  Why does G-d reward evil people quickly for their good deeds?
A: G-d does this as a reward for any good they may have done in this world, thus denying  them any good in the World to come.
 
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Q:  In what period of Jewish history do you find ordinary Jews with no desire to sin?
A: During the time of Moshiach.
 
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Q:  On what nights of the year is it improper to recite Kiddush in shul?
A: On the first and second nights of Passover  as that would consist of having five cups of wine instead of the required four cups of wine.
 
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Q: Which biblical figure married his sister after receiving his father's permission to do so?
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Cain.  According to the Gemara (Sanhedrin 58b) G-d commanded Adam to deal graciously with Cain's sister so by Cain marrying her she would build up the world.

 
 
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Q:  This actually happened to me on Shabbat Bereishit.  A guest Levi was called up for the Levi Aliyah.  I, also a Levi, was called up for the   Maftir  Aliyah.  How can this be?  
A: The Maftir Aliyah is after the Chatzi Kaddish (Half Kaddish) which breaks the Aliyot so the Maftir Aliyah can be given to anyone.
 
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Q: According to the Vilna Gaon where is it unusual and not unusual for miracles to occur?
A: It is unusual for miracles to occur outside of the Land of Israel and not unusual for miracles to occur inside the Land of Israel due to its holiness.
 
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Q: According to Rashi when do we not say Hallel for a miraculous occurrence?
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For any miracle that occurred outside of the Land of Israel.
 
 
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Q: Where in the Bible do we find an allusion to Chanukah?  (Hint: Although there are several allusions to Chanukah for this answer you don't have to look far.) 
A: The 25th Hebrew word in Bereishit (Genesis) Chapter 1 is Ohr Light).  Chanukah is on the 25th of Kislev.  The word Ohr is an allusion to the light of the Chanukah candles.
 
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Q: Name three prominent figures in Judaism (job title) who are not permitted to be intoxicated while performing their duties.
A: A posek (Halachic Authority), a Kohen (priest), a dayan (judge).
 
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Q: How can someone fulfill the mitzvah of  Tzedakah without giving Tzedakah? 
A: By soliciting others to give Tzedakah to the poor (Gemara,  Baba Basra 9).
 
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 Q: According to Kabbalah , how many times should one dip the piece of bread, over which one has recited the HaMotzi blessing, in salt and why ?
A: The Hebrew words for bread and salt have the same letters. Their numerical equivalent is 78 which is 3 times the numerical equivalent of G-d's name (YKVK) which is 26.
 
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Q: What are three reasons why the Tochacha (Admonitions) in Parsha Bechukotai are not divided into two aliyot and the reading is started a few verses before the actual Tochacha and end a few verses after the Tochacha?         
A: 1.  Mishlei 3:11 "My son, don't be disgusted with HaShem's mussar".  Rashi explains that  if we divide the Tochacha, it will appear as if we stopped in the middle because the first oleh was disgusted with it.

2.  Reish Lakish explains that one should not recite a berachah on punishments.

3.  The Rambam states that one should always make sure to begin and end on a positive subject.

 
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Q: What is the difference between the Tochacha in the Book of Vayikra and the Tochacha in the Book of Devarim?
A: The Tochacha in Vayikra was addressed to Israel in the plural  and said by Moshe in the name of HaShem.  The Tochacha in Devarim was addressed to Israel in the singular and said in his own name.
 
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Q: What are the names of the two spies that Joshua sent to Jericho (Haftarah Shelach)? 
A: Pinchas ben Elazar HaKohen amd Caleb ben Yefunah.
 
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 Q: Who did Rechava (Haftarah Shelach) marry?
A: .Yehoshuah bin Nun.
 
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Q: What two things are prohibited to eat or drink between Av 1-9 and when is the  exception to this?    
A: Meat (including poultry and wine.  The exception is on Shabbat.
 
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Q: What does the fourth blessing of the Birkat HaMazon refer to and who instituted it?
A: The fourth blessing was instituted by Rabbi Gamliel when the martyrs of Beitar were finally brought for burial and their bodies had not decayed.
 
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