REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Avodah Zarah 32
AVODAH ZARAH 32 - dedicated l'Iluy Nishmas Esther (bas Moshe) Farber of
Riverdale, NY, who passed away on 13 Shevat 5763, in honor of the Hakamas
Matzevah. A descendant of the Chasam Sofer, Esther was a courageous woman,
clinging strongly to her heritage despite personal tragedies, who affected
the lives of many students and friends.
(a) One of the Isurei Hana'ah listed in our Mishnah is Hadrianic
How does Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel explain this?
(b) When Rav Dimi arrived from Eretz Yisrael, he supplied the details.
What did they do with ...
(c) What did they then do with the casks?
- ... the virgin soil that was used for this project?
- ... the wine?
(d) What did Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi, in praise of the quality of that wine,
say about our 'first' wine?
(a) We ask whether one is permitted to use those pieces of earthenware to
support the legs of one's bed.
What exactly is the She'eilah? Seeing as
they are Asur be'Hana'ah, why might they nevertheless be permitted?
(b) We conclude that this is in fact, a Machlokes Amora'im.
argue over this point?
(c) We ask on the one who permits it from a Beraisa.
What does the Tana
say about small earthenware jars and leather flasks which belong to Nochrim,
but which contain the wine of a Yisre'elim?
(d) What did Rebbi Shimon ben Guda testify before the son of Raban Gamliel
about Raban Gamliel.
What did Raban Gamliel do in Acco (with the wine
[though the Chachamim did not agree with him])?
(a) What does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel quoting Rebbi Yehoshua ben Kefusa'i,
say about adapting leather wine flasks to use as pack-saddles for one's
Another version of Shimon ben Guda's testimony in front of Raban Gamliel's
son, concludes with 've'Hodu Lo'.
(b) What do we now ask from this Beraisa on the one who permits using the
pieces of clay as bed-supports?
(c) We counter this with the accepted practice of purchasing clay jars from
Nochrim (to use as water containers [Ritva]).
How do we then explain the
Beraisa, which prohibits adapting leather flasks for use as pack-saddles?
(d) On the other and, how will the Amora who forbids using the earthenware
pieces as bed-supports, explain the Heter to purchase an earthenware jar
from a Nochri?
Besides suggesting that it was Raban
Gamliel's son who conceded to his father and Raban Gamliel's colleagues who
did not, how else might we resolve the discrepancy between the two Beraisos?
(a) Our Mishnah includes Oros Levuvin among the Isurei Hana'ah.
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tear in the flesh next to the heart and a round hole in the skin that
covered it, what other condition does the Beraisa require for the skin to be
(b) Why is that?
(c) In which case does Rav Huna declare the skin Asur anyway?
(a) Raban Shimon ben Gamliel requires the hole to be round, as we learned
in our Mishnah.
What objection did Abaye raise, when Rav Yosef Amar Rav
Yehudah Amar Shmuel ruled like Raban Shimon ben Gamliel?
(b) What did he reply when Rav Yosef asked him what difference it made
whether the Rabbanan argued or not?
(a) Rebbi Chiya bar Aba Amar Rebbi Yochanan establishes our Mishnah, which
permits flesh that enters the domain of Avodas-Kochavim (before it has
actually been sacrificed) not like Rebbi Eliezer.
Why is that? What does
Rebbi Eliezer say?
(b) On the other hand, even our Tana forbids flesh that leaves the domain of
Avodas Kochavim, because he considers it 'Zivchei Meisim'.
What are the
ramifications of this title? What level of Tum'ah does it suggest?
(c) We therefore establish the author as Rebbi Yehudah ben Beseira.
does Rebbi Yehudah ben Beseira (in a Beraisa) learn from the Pasuk in
Tehilim "Va'yitzamdu Yisrael le'Ba'al Pe'or Va'yochlu Zivchei Meisim"?
(a) Our Mishnah forbids doing business with someone who is about to leave
for 'Tarfus', but permits it upon his return.
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Shmuel establishes this by a
What does he say about doing business with a *Yisrael* who ...
(b) How does Rav Ashi reconcile Shmuel's ruling with the Beraisa forbidding
business even with a Yisrael who is about to leave?
- ... is about to leave for 'Tarfus'?
- ... has just returned from there?
(c) How does Resh Lakish qualify the Seifa of the Mishnah permitting doing
business with a Nochri who returns from 'Tarfus'?