REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 113
BAVA BASRA 113 (2 Av) - Dr. and Mrs. Andy and Dianne Koenigsberg, of New
York, have dedicated this Daf l'Iluy Nishmas Dianne's father, Reb Aharon
Dovid ben Elimelech Shmuel Kornfeld (Muncasz-Mukachevo/Israel/New York), who
passed away on 2 Av 5761. May his love for Mitzvos and for Eretz Yisrael be
preserved in all of his descendants.
(a) On what basis does the second Tana presume that the first Pasuk ("ve'Lo
Sisov Nachalah mi'Mateh ... ") is speaking about Hasavas ha'Ben, and not
(b) Siman Amar Rabah bar Rav Shiloh and Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak
respectively, suggest that the first Tana establishes the second Pasuk by
Hasavas ha'Ba'al because the Torah uses the word "Ish" or "Yidbeku (alone)".
How would we learn it from there?
(c) On what grounds do we reject these proposals?
(d) Rava learns that the second Pasuk speaks about Hasavas ha'Ba'al from the
Lashon "Yidbeku Matos", which implies a husband more than a son.
Rav Ashi learn it from the Lashon "mi'Mateh le'Mateh Acher"?
(a) What does Rebbi Avahu Amar Rebbi Yochanan, citing Rebbi (or Rebbi
Yehoshua ben Korchah) extrapolate from the Pasuk in Divrei Hayamim "u'Seguv
Holid es Ya'ir, Vayehi Lo Esrim ve'Shalosh Arim be'Eretz Gil'ad"?
(b) Who would have inherited Seguv's father-in-law's property had his wife
died after her father?
(c) If not for the Pasuk, why would we have thought that, even when she died
before her father, her husband should not only inherit her, but should even
take precedence over her son?
(a) Rebbi Avahu cites a second proof for this from the Pasuk in Yehoshua
"ve'Elazar ben Aharon Meis ... ".
Answers to questions
Why do we need this Pasuk? How might we
otherwise establish the previous Pasuk?
(b) Rabeinu Chananel derives this latter D'rashah from "be'Giv'as Pinchas
*B'no*" (which appears superfluous, seeing as we already know that Pinchas
was Elazar's son).
How might we also learn it from the phrase "Asher Nitan
Lo be'Har Ephrayim"?
(c) And how does Rebbi Avahu know that Pinchas' valley was not a Sadeh
Charamim (as Rav Papa suggested earlier)?
(a) We Darshen 'B'nei Achyos', ve'Lo B'nos Achyos.
Why can this D'rashah
not be taken literally?
(b) So how does Rav Sheishes explain it?
(a) What did Rav Shmuel bar Rav Yitzchak Darshen from "ve'Yarash Osah"? How
did he learn it from there?
(b) Is the current D'rashah confined to the Yerushah of uncles, to which
this Pasuk refers?
(c) On what grounds do we say that?
(a) If a man dies, leaving a nephew and a niece (the respective children of
two uncles), but no father, children, brothers or sisters, who inherits his
(b) And who will inherit in the same case if he also left ...
(c) We have already learned that if a man dies, the order of inheritance is
1. sons; 2. daughters; 3. father; 4. brothers; 5; sisters; 6. paternal
uncles; 7. paternal aunts.
- ... grandsons?
- ... granddaughters?
Who will inherit in a case where he has only a
maternal aunt, but his deceased uncle left ...
- ... a son?
- ... a daughter?
(a) What objection did Abaye raise, when based on the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei
"ve'Hayah be'Yom Hanchilo es Banav", Rabah bar Chanina cited a Beraisa in
front of Rav Nachman that read 'be'Yom Atah Mapil Nachalos ve'I Atah Mapil
(b) So how did he suggest that the Beraisa ought to read?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Yirmiyah "Beis David Diynu la'Boker
(b) What does another Beraisa learn from the Pasuk in Pinchas (in connection
with the Dinim of Yerushah) "ve'Haysah li'Venei Yisrael le'Chukas
(c) Why might we have thought otherwise?
(d) How do we reconcile the above Pasuk with the Pasuk in Yisro "ve'Shaftu
es ha'Am be'Chol Eis", from which we extrapolate that Beis-Din are permitted
to judge even at night-time?
(a) What did Rav Yehudah say about three people who went to visit a
Shechiv-Mera (a person on his death-bed), who then wants to distribute his
property to whoever it may be? What choice do they have?
(b) The fact that, should they choose to be Dayanim, there will be no
witnesses to testify, doesn't matter.
(c) In which case will there having witnessed the proceedings not suffice
(without hearing it from other witnesses)?
(a) If they came following the Shechiv-Mera's invitation to testify to his
actions, it will have the same Din as if they had come in the night.
does Rav Chisda say about this latter case? Why the difference?
(b) This follows the opinion of Rebbi (in the Mishnah in Makos). Rebbi Yossi
says there that if a relative or someone who is disqualified from
testifying, witnesses a crime for example, then he disqualifies all other
witnesses from testifying.
What does Rebbi say?
(c) What is the source for the principle 'Ein Eid Na'aseh Dayan'?
(a) And what will be the Din if it is not three people, but two, who entered
the presence of the Shechiv- Mera?
Answers to questions
(b) What did Rabah bar Chanina answer, when Abaye put to him the above (that
perhaps one ought to change the wording of the Beraisa to 'Din Nachalos')?
(c) Are witnesses eligible to testify in money-matters if they have not been
invited to do so by the two parties ('Atem Eidai')?
(d) How do we extrapolate from Rav Huna (through Rav Chisda's statement)
that 'Atem Eidei' is not necessary by a Shechiv-Mera?