REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 118
BAVA BASRA 118 (7 Av) - has been dedicated to the memory of Dr. Simcha
Bekelnitzky (Simcha Gedalya ben Shraga Feibush) of Queens, N.Y., by his wife
and daughters on his fifth Yahrzeit. G-dfearing and knowledgeable, Simcha
was well known in the community for his Chesed and Tzedakah. He will long be
(a) What did Abaye reply when Rav Papa also asked him on what grounds,
according to Rebbi Yonasan ...
(b) How else could Abaye have justifiably answered the Kashya?
- ... the B'nos Tz'lofchad complained, seeing as Tz'lofchad was not destined to receive a portion in Eretz Yisrael anyway (so even if he had had a son, he would not have received anything in his stead)?
- ... the B'nei Yosef complained, seeing as they received a portion according to their numbers, just like all the other tribes?
(c) According to Rebbi Yonasan, how many portions did the B'nos Tz'lofchad
(a) What does Abaye extrapolate from the fact that the Torah only the
complaints of the daughters of Tz'lofchad and the B'nei Yosef?
(b) Is Abaye suggesting that (according to those who hold 'le'Yotz'ei
Mitzrayim Nischalkah') nobody under twenty left Egypt, who would have had no
portion when they entered the Land?
(c) On what grounds do we refute Abaye's proof?
(a) How do we know that the complaints of the B'nei Yosef got them nowhere?
(b) Then why does the Navi record them?
(a) What did Yehoshua advise the B'nei Yosef to do (if not to capture land
that they did not yet own)?
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(b) How did the B'nei Yosef respond to Yehoshua's advice?
(c) How does Rebbi Avahu 'amend' the Pasuk in Va'yechi "Ben Poras Yosef, Ben
Poras Alei Ayin"?
(d) Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina learns the same D'rashah from another Pasuk
in the same Parshah.
(a) What does Ula learn from the Pasuk in Sh'lach-Lecha "vi'Yehoshua bin Nun
ve'Kalev ben Yefuneh Chayu min ha'Anashim ha'Heim"?
(b) How do we know that the Pasuk is not simply coming to teach us that the
ten Meraglim died, but *they* lived?
(c) What problem do we have with the Beraisa that we quoted earlier
'Mislonenim (whom we initially assume to mean the grumblers in Parshas
Beha'aloscha) va'Adas Korach Lo Hayah Lahem Cheilek ba'Aretz'?
(a) The source of the Machlokes Tana'im is based on another Pasuk in Pinchas
"Avinu Meis ba'Midbar ... ".
Whom did the daughters of Tz'lofchad have in
mind when they continued "ve'Hu Lo Hayah ...
(b) Whom else did they mention?
- ... be'Soch ha'Eidah"?
- ... ha'No'adim al Hashem"?
(c) What is now the basis of the Machlokes Tana'im?
(d) Rav Papa asked Abaye whether, according to the Tana who does compare the
Mislonenim, as well as the congregation of Korach, to the Adas Meraglim,
does this mean that Yehoshua and Kalev inherited the whole (such a large
chunk) of Eretz Yisrael.
What did Abaye reply?
(a) How many Batei Avos (clans) does the Pasuk in Yehoshua list for the
tribe of Menasheh?
(b) Assuming that this comprises the six main Batei Avos and the four
portions of the B'nos Tz'lofchad, what problem does Rav Papa have with this
according to Rebbi Yonasan (who holds 'le'Ba'ei ha'Aretz Nischalkah')?
(c) Abaye retorted that seeing as the B'nos Tz'lofchad inherited only
*three* portions, the Pasuk should have listed only *nine* Batei Avos.
did Abaye use this Kashya to answer Rav Papa's Kashya as well?
(a) Darshening the Pasuk in Pinchas, the Beraisa interprets "Nason Titen
Lahem" to refer to the Cheilek Pashut of their father's inheritance. In
the same light, how does the Tana Darshen ...
Does the Tana Kama of this Beraisa hold 'le'Yotz'ei Mitzrayim Nischalkah' or
'le'Ba'ei ha'Aretz Nischalkah'?
(b) And what does Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov Darshen from ...
- ... "be'Soch Achei Avihen"?
- ... "ve'Ha'avarta es Nachalas Avihen Lahen"?
(c) Although the Tana Kama agrees with Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov (that the
B'nos Tz'lofchad received at least one portion of an uncle), why does he not
want to learn it from the same source as Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov?
- ... "Nason Titen Lahem ... " (the double expression)?
- ... " ... *Achuzas* Nachalah" (according to Rebbi Yonasan)?
(d) Seeing as the Pasuk is listing Batei Avos, on what grounds does it
incorporate the B'nos Tz'lofchad, who were five private heirs (out of many)
belonging to the Beis-Av of Chefer? What does the Torah want to teach us
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