Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
(a) Who were 'Hanahu Biryonei', and what did Beruryah do, that proved more worthy than what her husband intended to do - What was her husband's name, and what did he intend to do?2)
(a) Bearing in mind that Chapter 2 of Tehilim speaks about Gog and Magog, why did David ha'Melech place the Perek (3) which deals with Avshalom's rebellion before that of his fleeing from Shaul (57), although they took place in the reverse order?3) When Shlomoh ha'Melech said "Piha Paschah be'Chochmah, ve'Soras Chesed Al Leshonah", he had his father David ha'Melech (sang praise to Hashem regarding the five different 'worlds' in which he lived) in mind.
(a) Which world do the following represent:4) "Ein Kadosh ka'Hashem, Ki Ein Biltecha, ve'Ein Tzur k'Elokeinu"!1. "Borchi Nafshi es Hashem, ve'Chol Keravai es Sheim Kodsho"?(b) Why did he sing Shirah when he suckled from his mother's breasts (two reasons)?
What do we learn from
1. ... the second and 2. ...the first phrases respectively?
(a) David said five times "Borchi Nafshi" because of the five similarities between the Neshamah and Hashem (Kevayachol): Each fills the whole world (the Neshamah 'its' world i.e. the body); Both can see but cannot be seen; Each of them feeds the whole world (the Neshamah 'its' world). What are the other two similarities?6)
(a) Why did Chizkiyah and Yeshayah not want to go to each other?Chizkiyah then requested that Yeshayah give him his daughter's hand in marriage because 'perhaps their combined merits would prevail.
(e) What was his reaction when Yeshayah told him that it was too late, since Hashem had already decreed that he had to die, and how does that connect with the Pasuk in Iyov "Hein Yikteleini, Lo Ayacheil?
(a) What did Chizkiyahu teach us regarding how to Daven?When Chizkiyah asked Hashem to remember that he did what was good in Hashem's eyes, he was referring to the care that he took to place Ge'ulah next to Tefilah'.
(d) To which other good deed might he have been referring?8)
(a) Why was hiding the book of all cures considered a good deed?He declared Adar Sheini in the month of Nisan
(c) How could he do that, since the Torah writes "ha'Chodesh *ha'Zeh* Lachem" etc., from which we learn that once Nisan has entered, it is forbidden to declare Adar Sheini?9)
(a) What is the difference between Moshe's request to save Yisrael after the Chet ha'Eigel and Hashem's reply, on the one hand, and Chizkiyahu's request to save Yerushalayim and Hashem's reply on the other?We learnt earlier that the Shunamis built a room-divider to partition off the room for Elisha.
(b) What else might "Aliyas Kir" mean?10)
(a) What is the difference between the approaches used by the two prophets Elisha and Shmuel regarding benefiting from people?11)
(a) What do Chazal derive from the word "Kadosh *Hu*"?12)
(a) What do Chazal learn from the Pasuk "mi'Ma'amakim Kerasicha Hashem" and "Tefilah le'Ani Ki Ya'atof"?13) 'ha'Korei mi'Kahn va'Eilech, Lo Hifsid.'
Rav Chisda is quoted in the first Lashon, as having said, that after the Zeman Keri'as Shema has passed, one can not longer recite the Berachah of Yotzer Ohr.
(a) What is wrong with that statement?14)
(a) How do Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel- respectively - explain the Pasuk "u've'Shochbecha u've'Kumecha"?