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Bava Basra 7

BAVA BASRA 7 (Nisan 14) - dedicated by Rabbi Kornfeld's father l'Iluy Nishmas his grandmother, Chayah bas Aryeh Leib Shpira (nee Sole), on the day of her Yahrzeit.


(a) If Shimon initially agreed to rebuild the house, should the lower floor sink into the ground, the Tana informs us, then he must comply with that condition (see Chidushei Anshei Sheim). To determine how far theceiling may sink before the house is considered uninhabitable, we cite Mar Zutra quoting his father, Rav Nachman.
What should be the minimum height of a ceiling, according to him?

(b) From where did he learn this?

(c) What did Rabah (or Rava) comment when they quoted him Mar Zutra's statement?

(d) So how low may the ceiling sink for an apartment to become uninhabitable, according to him? How did Rav Huna B'rei de'Rav Yehoshua put it?

(a) What did Reuven, whose walls darkened Shimon's house, volunteer to do, when Shimon ...
  1. ... complained?
  2. ... declined his offer, because building new windows into an old wall would weaken the wall?
  3. ... declined that offer too, on the grounds that a wall that is half old and half new, will not last?
  4. ... insisted that this too, was no good, since one new wall in an old house will not last either?
(b) What is the basis of Shimon's last two claims?

(c) And what did Reuven finally offer to do, when Shimon even declined to have Reuven rebuild his house from scratch, because he had nowhere to live in the interim?

(d) Here too, Rav Chama ruled that Shimon had acted within his rights in declining to accept all of Reuven's offers.
Given the similarity between the two previous cases, why did we need to cite the second case?

(a) We cite a case where Reuven chose the banqueting hall that his deceased father had left behind, and Shimon his brother, the garden in front of it. What did Shimon reply, when Reuven complained that the wall that he built in his garden, darkened his banqueting hall?

(b) Here too, Rav Chama substantiated Shimon's claim. Ravina asked Rav Ashi from a Beraisa.
What does the Tana there say about two brothers, where one of them took the vineyard that his deceased father left behind, and the other, the wheat-field?

(c) How did Rav Ashi reconcile Rav Chama with this Beraisa? How did he establish the Beraisa?

(d) Ravina then asked Rav Ashi further whether the brother who chose the garden rather than the banqueting hall without coming to terms, was not crazy.
What did he reply.

(a) Why can the brother who chose the banqueting-hall not claim that he specifically picked a banqueting-hall, which, due to the current darkness, was now reduced to an ordinary room?

(b) Rav Shimi bar Ashi bases this on a Beraisa.
What does the Tana say in a case of 'ha'Omer Beis-Kur Afar Ani Mocher Lach, Af-al-Pi she'Eino Ela Lesech' (or 'Pardes O Kerem Ani Mocher Lach, Af-al-Pi she'Ein Bo Rimonim or Gefanim')? How much is a Lesech?

(c) On what grounds does Ravina object to this answer?

(a) Mar Yenuka and Mar Keshisha answered Ravina's Kashya.
Who were Mar Yenuka and Mar Keshisha?

(b) 'Neherda'i le'Ta'amaihu', they said (since Rav Chama was from Neherda'a).
What did Rav Nachman Amar Shmuel say about brothers who divided their father's inheritance, with regard to a path, windows and ladders?

(c) Why does this constitute 'Neherda'i le'Ta'amaihu'?

(d) How does this vindicate Rav Chama?

(e) Rava disagrees with the Neherda'i.
What does he say?

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(a) What did Rav Chama rule in a case where Yesomim produced a Sh'tar-Chov against a debtor, who, in turn, produced a receipt?

(b) Why did Ravina tell Rav Acha B'rei de'Rava that, whereas in all the previous cases, the Halachah was like Rav Chama, in this case it was not?

(c) What did Mar Zutra B'rei de'Rav Mari say? On what grounds did he disagree with Ravina?

(a) The Tana Kama of our Mishnah obligates every member of the Chatzer to pay towards the costs of building a Beis Sha'ar and a Deles (as we have already discussed).
What does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel say?

(b) For what three things does the Tana Kama obligate all residents in a town to share the costs?

(c) How long must one live in a town in order to be considered a member of the town in this regard?

(d) Under which circumstances would one be considered a member immediately?

(a) Why did Eliyahu cease to communicate with a certain Chasid with whom he had previously communicated regularly?

(b) We reconcile this episode with our Mishnah in a number of ways. What distinction do we initially make between whether the Beis-Sha'ar is inside the Chatzer or outside in the street?

(c) The episode with Eliyahu could be speaking even if the Beis-Sha'ar was on the outside, assuming that it had a door.
How might we establish even our Mishnah when it has ...

  1. ... a door?
  2. ... a lock?
(a) What is Raban Shimon ben Gamliel referring to when he says that ...
  1. ... not all Chatzeros require a Beis-Sha'ar?
  2. ... not all towns require doors?
(b) What do the Rabbanan counter Raban Shimon ben Gamliel with regard to ...
  1. ... a Chatzer requiring a Beis-Sha'ar?
  2. ... a town requiring doors?
(a) Rebbi Elazar asked Rebbi Yochanan whether the residents of the town must pay per capita or according to their means. In fact, Rebbi Yochanan holds of neither suggestion.
What does he hold?

(b) What were his concluding words on the matter?

(c) In the second Lashon, Rebbi Yochanan gave Resh Lakish the same reply.
What was the She'eilah?

(a) What did Resh Lakish say to Rebbi Yehudah Nesi'a (Rebbi's grandson) when he asked the Chachamim to pay towards the costs of building the city-walls?

(b) Why can the Pasuk in Tehilim "Asaprem me'Chol Yirbun" ('I will count them, and they are more numerous than the sand') not refer to the Tzadikim?

(c) Then what does it refer to?

(d) What 'Kal va'Chomer' does Resh Lakish now extrapolate from the sand?

(a) Rebbi Yochanan asked Resh Lakish why he did not quote Rebbi Elazar the Pasuk in Shir ha'Shirim "Ani Chomah, ve'Shadai ka'Migdalos".
How did Rebbi Yochanan explain ...
  1. ... "Ani Chomah"?
  2. ... "ve'Shadai ka'Migdalos"?
(b) Resh Lakish however, explains the Pasuk like Rava.
How does Rava explain ...
  1. ... "Ani Chomah"?
  2. ... "ve'Shadai ka'Migdalos"?
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