Parashah Scavenger Hunt שְׁאֵלוֹת הַשָּׁבוּעַ

Welcome to Devash's Parashah Scavenger Hunt for Parashat Shemot!
Aliyah 1 (Shemot 1:1-1:17)
  • What were the names of the storehouse cities that Pharaoh forced Benei Yisrael to build?
  • What were the names of the two midwives?
Aliyah 2 (Shemot 1:18-2:10)
  • For how long did the daughter of Levi hide her baby?
  • Who gave Moshe his name?
Aliyah 3 (Shemot 2:11-2:25)
  • What was the name of Moshe’s firstborn son?
  • What did Moshe do right before he killed the Egyptian?
Aliyah 4 (Shemot 3:1-3:15)
  • What was God’s sign that God was really with Moshe on his mission?
  • How does God describe the land where Benei Yisrael will be taken?
Aliyah 5 (Shemot 3:16-4:17)
  • How did Moshe turn the snake back into a staff?
  • What should Moshe do if Benei Yisrael still don’t believe him after he turns his staff to a snake and gives his arm צָרַעַת (tzara’at, a spiritual skin disease)?
Aliyah 6 (Shemot 4:18-4:31)
  • Who kissed whom in our parashah?
  • When Moshe speaks to Pharaoh, how should he describe Benei Yisrael?
Aliyah 7 (Shemot 5:1-6:1)
  • There is a special note in our parashah that only appears five times in the whole Torah. What is it?
  • Moshe and Aharon ask Pharaoh to let Benei Yisrael journey in the desert for how many days?
Look anywhere in the parashah to find the answer to these questions!
  • What was the name of Moshe’s father-in-law? (It isn’t so simple!)
  • What word does Pharaoh use three times to insult Benei Yisrael?
  • What word in our parashah links Moshe to Noah?
  • How did Moshe and Tzipporah travel to מִצְרַיִם (Mitzrayim, Egypt)?
  • Who in this parashah is described as God-fearing?
From the Haftarah
(Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Yeshayahu 27:6-28:13 and 29:22-23
Haftarah for Sefardim: Yirmeyahu 1:1-2:3)
  • Haftarah for Ashkenazim: What will happen on the day that a great shofar is blown?
  • Haftarah for Sefardim: Why does Yirmeyahu say that he shouldn’t become a prophet?
Scroll down to see the answers!
Aliyah 1
Aliyah 2
Aliyah 3
  • Gershom (Shemot 2:22)
  • He looked in both directions and saw no one there (2:12)
Aliyah 4
  • When Benei Yisrael leave Mitzrayim, they will eventually worship God on the very mountain where God and Moshe were speaking (Shemot 3:12)
  • A good and wide land, a land flowing with milk and honey (this second phrase appears 13 times in Tanakh, and this is the first!) (3:8)
Aliyah 5
  • He grabbed its tail (Shemot 4:4)
  • Take water from the river and pour it on the ground; it would turn to blood (4:9)
Aliyah 6
Aliyah 7
From anywhere in the parashah
  • In our parashah, he is called Re’uel (2:18), Yitro (3:1), and Yeter (4:18)—it’s possible Yitro/Yeter is really a title, and his name was Re’uel
  • נִרְפִּים—weak and lazy (Shemot 5:8, 5:17)
  • תֵּבַת גֹּמֶא—A “little-teivah (ark or basket)” of reeds (Shemot 2:3)
  • By donkey (back in Devash for Bereishit we saw a midrash suggesting that this was the same donkey from the Akeidah!) (4:20)
  • The midwives (1:21)
  • Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Those who have been lost in Ashur and Mitzrayim will be brought back to worship God in Yerushalayim (Yeshayahu 27:13)
  • Haftarah for Sefardim: He doesn’t know how to speak, and he’s a child (Yirmeyahu 1:6)