1. Why does the parsha begin by recounting the names and number of the Hebrews that descended to Egypt and that Joseph was already in Egypt, and that he died, since the Torah already just finished telling us all these facts at the End of Genesis?
  2. How many different words does the parsha use to describe the birthrate of the Israelites in Egypt?  Are any of these verbs especially odd  (see Rashi)?  What does this allude to?
  3. How could it be that a new king arose who did not know about Joseph, who saved Egypt, magnified it and ruled it ?
  4. If Pharoah was concerned about the Hebrews rebelling, why was his concern that they would leave, and not take over the country?  And if Egpyt was the undisputed  world power without rival, why were they concerned about a war?  And if he claimed that the Hebrews are greater than they, why does Pharoah then exclaim his concern that they will eventually become more numerous?
  5. What was the initial result of the Hebrews to the Egyptian afflictions, and attempts to dwindle them?
  6. Who were the midwifes of the Hebrews?   How many were there for the entire Hebrew nation?  What clues can we find to their better known identities?
  7. What orders did Pharoah give to the midwifes?  How did they initially respond?  How then did Pharoah counteract this?
  8. How is Moshe introduced to the Chumash – in particular what is unique about the description of his geneology?  Why?
  9. What was unique about his birth?
  10. .  Where did Moshe get his name?   Does he have any other names?
  11. Where did Moshe grow up?  why? Who nursed him? why?
  12. After Moshe matures (is called a gadol) what does he do?  What can we learn from this?
  13. . Two quarelling Hebrews blurt out to Moshe – ‘are you going to kill us as you killed the Egyptian’  Moshe fears and says – Indeed the thing is known!’  To which Rashi says the simple meaning is that he feared word spreading of his killing an Egyptian (to save a Hebrew) and he would be apprehended.  Then he gives a midrashic explanation – what is it and what was unsatisfactory about the simple one that he was compelled to give a deeper one  (for Rashi always holds back from anything but the most simple explanation, writing numerous times that his entire task is limited to the basic interpretation)
  14. Who was Moshe’s father in law?  How many names does he have?
  15. . Who were Moshe’s children, and what do their names mean?
  16. What caused a turning of Hashem’s countenance to the Hebrews, sparking their redemption and Moshe’s ascent to it’s helm?
  17. How did Hashem first reveal himself to Moshe?
  18. Moshe asks for a name for Hashem to relate toback to the Hebrews – what name did Hashem give him, and what does it mean?  And why did He give Moshe another name immediately following?
  19. With what praise does Hashem tell Moshe to describe the land of Israel to his people?