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Bava Basra 11

BAVA BASRA 11 (18 Nisan) - Dedicated by Kenny & Aliza Weinblatt in memory of their grandfather, Sam (Shmuel Ben Baruch) Silverman Z"L, who was Niftar on 18 Nisan. May all the Zechuyos from this learning provide an Aliyah for his Neshamah.


(a) Binyamin ha'Tzadik was in charge of the Kupah shel Tzedakah.
Who came to him once for help in a year of draught?

(b) What did the widow reply when he told her that there was money left in the Kupah? So what did he do?

(c) What did the angels claim when a short while later, he fell ill and was about to die?

(d) What happened subsequently? How many years were added to his life?

(a) What did Munbaz Hamelech do in a time of famine?

(b) On what grounds did his family object?

(c) He pointed to six advantages that his method of savings had over theirs, each based on a Pasuk. From the Pasuk in Tehilim "Emes me'Eretz Titzmach, ve'Tzedek *mi'Shamayim* Nishkaf" he extrapolated that the advantage that his treasury was stored in Heaven.
What advantage did he extrapolate from the Pasuk ...

  1. ... also in Tehilim "Tzedek u'Mishpat *Mechon Kis'echa*"?
  2. ... in Yeshayah "Imru Tzadik Ki Tov, Ki *P'ri Ma'aleleihem* Yocheilu"?
(d) From the Pasuk in Mishlei "P'ri Tzadik Eitz Chayim, *ve'Loke'ach Nefashos* Chacham", he learned that he, as opposed to his ancestors, had amassed souls.
What did he learn from the Pasuk ...
  1. ... in Ki Seitzei "*u'Lecha* Tih'yeh Tzedakah"?
  2. ... in Yeshayah "ve'Halach Le'fanecha Tzidkecha, Kevod Hashem Ya'asfecha"?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that the moment one purchases a house in a town, one becomes a resident. Why can the author of our Mishnah not be Raban Shimon ben Gamliel? What, according to Raban Shimon ben Gamliel in a Beraisa, does one need to purchase to become a resident?

(b) In another Beraisa however, he does agree with our Mishnah.
What does he say there?

(c) How do we reconcile the two Beraisos?

(a) How large must a jointly-owned Chatzer be for one of the partners to be able to force the other partner to divide it?

(b) According to the Tana Kama ...

  1. ... a field must produce nine Kabin for each partner.
    What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
  2. ... a vegetable-garden must produce half a Kav for each partner.
    What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(a) How does the Tana gauge what is fit to divide in this regard, by a large room, a dove-cot, a cloak or a bathhouse?

(b) Which other two things does the Tana include in this list?

(c) How do we reconcile the Shiur for a wheat-field with a spring with that of a field mentioned earlier in the Mishnah?

(d) The Tana of our Mishnah adds that if both partners agree, then the above Shiurim are of no consequence.
Why does he need to tell us this? Is it not obvious?

(a) What does Rebbi Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan mean when he says that the four Amos in the Mishnah does not include the entrances?

(b) What is his reason for saying that?

(c) And his opinion is substantiated by a Beraisa.
What area in the Chatzer does the Tana there require each partner to receive?

(d) How do others present the statement of Rebbi Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan?

(a) What does Rav Huna mean when he says that a Chatzer is divided according to its entrances?

(b) What does Rav Chisda say?

(c) The Beraisa supports Rav Chisda.
How does Abaye explain the Tana, who adds that if one of them has an entrance of eight Amos, he takes the eight Amos next to the entrance plus four Amos in the Chatzer?

(a) What does Ameimar say about someone who owns a pit for date-stones in the Chatzer? What is the function of these date-stones?

(b) In which case, will Ameimar's concession not apply? Why is that?

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(a) Rav Huna does not grant someone whose Achsadra (sun-porch) opens into the Chatzer, four Amos next to the entrance.
Why not?

(b) How does he initially reconcile this ruling with the Beraisa quoted by Rav Sheishes, which specifically equates an Achsadra with a house in this regard?

(c) What objection do we raise to this answer?

(d) So how does Rav Huna finally establish the Beraisa?

(a) What does the Beraisa say about a porch, a Roman Achsadra and a balcony?
What do they all have in common?

(b) How many Amos in the Chatzer does the Tana grant the owner of a balcony with five doors which open out onto it?

(c) Rebbi Yochanan asked Rebbi Yanai whether a chicken-coop with an entrance to the Chatzer has four Amos. What did he reply?

(d) Rava asked Rav Nachman whether, if a house with an entrance to the Chatzer is only half walled, the owner has four Amos in the Chatzer next to the entrance or not.
What did he answer him? Will it make any difference whether it is the inner half of the house which is walled or the outer half?

(a) Rav Huna asked Rav Ami whether, if Reuven, whose house adjoined two Chatzeiros, and who had until now used Chatzer a., now wishes to switch over to Chatzer b., the members of Chatzer b. are entitled to stop him from doing to.
What did he answer?

(b) He also asked him whether the king's soldiers, whom the residents of the town were obligated to put up, were billeted according to the number of people per household (see Rabeinu Gershom) or according to the number of entrances to the Chatzer.
What did he answer?

(c) We cite a Beraisa in support of Rav Ami's ruling.
What does the Tana then say about the manure in the Chatzer?

(d) And what did Rav Huna say about a resident who wishes to enclose the four Amos outside his entrance from the Chatzer to the Mavoy (see Tosfos DH 'Echad')?

(a) What does the Beraisa say about the residents of the other four Chatzeros that open into the Mavoy, using the section of Mavoy corresponding to ...
  1. ... the outer Chatzer (nearest the street)?
  2. ... the inner Chatzer?
(b) What is the determining principle behind this Halachah?

(c) How does this clash with Rav Huna's previous ruling?

(d) How do we answer this Kashya?

(a) The Tana of another Beraisa authorizes the residents of one Mavoy to stop a resident of another Mavoy from opening a new entrance on to their Chatzer, as we explained earlier.
What does Rebbi say about a resident of a Mavoy who had a door that opened on to the Chatzer which he sealed off, and who now wishes to reopen it?

(b) What must the Tana Kama have said for Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar to have responded 'Chamesh Chatzeros he'Pesuchos le'Mavoy, Kulan Mishtamshos le'Mavoy'?

(c) What does this prove?

(a) We just learned in the Beraisa that a resident of a Mavoy is permitted to reopen the former entrance to the Chatzer that he sealed off. How does Rava qualify this ruling? In which case would he lose his rights by sealing it?

(b) Abaye supports Rava's ruling with a Beraisa. The Beraisa repeats this distinction with regard to Tum'as Meis.
What is the Halachah there, if there is a Meis in a house whose only entrance the owner sealed ...

  1. ... leaving the door-posts intact?
  2. ... after removing the door-posts?
(c) What is the reason for the latter ruling?

(d) What prompted Chazal to issue such a decree?

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