REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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(a) Still in connection with a Tumtum she'Nikra, what does ...
(b) Will the first Halachah apply should the Tumtum turn out to a girl, or
will her mother indeed be Tamei for fourteen days?
- ... Rav Sheravya learn from the Pasuk in Tazri'a "Ishah ki Sazri'a *ve'Yaldah* Zachar ve'Tam'ah Shiv'as Yamim"?
- ... Rav Shizbi learn from there "Ishah ki Sazri'a *ve'Yaldah* Zachar ... u'va'Yom ha'Shemini Yimol"?
(a) What does the Beraisa say about a woman who has a miscarriage which
turns out to be a Tumtum or an Androginos? What is an Androginos?
(b) What are the ramifications of this ruling?
(c) In any event, this Beraisa disproves Rav Sheravya (who precludes a
Tumtum [even 'she'Nikra'] from the entire Din of Tum'ah and Taharah).
is it not also a disproof for Rav Shizbi, who after all, Darshens
"ve'Yaldah" to preclude a Tumtum from Milah overriding Shabbos? Is it not
clear that the Tana does not Darshen "ve'Yaldah"?
(d) What alternative D'rashah might the Tana (and Rav Shizbi) learn from
"Ishah Ki Sazri'a ve'Yaldah"?
(a) What problem do we have with the above answer? What ought the Tana to
have said, had he been in a Safek?
(b) In short, the woman ought not to have any days of Taharah at all.
(c) Seeing as the woman has to observe fourteen days of Tum'ah anyway, what
is then the point in inserting 'le'Zachar'?
(d) Since we do not offer an answer to this Kashya anyway, why do we not
conclude 'Tiyuvta' (like we just did on Rav Sheravya)?
(a) We learned a Beraisa which bears out Rebbi Ami "Ben", 've'Lo Tumtum',
"Bechor" 've'Lo Safek'.
We explain that this comes to preclude from the
statement of Rava.
What did Rava say about a man whose two wives gave
birth to two babies simultaneously, one of them to a Bechor, if the babies
were mixed-up from birth, without knowing which one is the Bechor?
(b) Ravin went to great lengths to discover the Halachah in this case.
What did he learn from Rebbi Yanai, who distinguished between 'Hukru
ve'li'Besof Nis'arvu' and 'Nis'arvu ve'li'Besof Hukru'?
(c) What is the source for this Chumra?
(d) What was Rava's reaction to Rebbi Yanai's ruling?
(a) How did Rava originally explain the Beraisa, before hearing the true
explanation from Rebbi Yanai? What did he learn from ...
Answers to questions
(b) In which point did Rebbi Yanai enlighten him? How does the D'rashah
differ, according to Rebbi Yanai?
- ... "ve'Hayah ha'Ben"?
- ... "ha'Bechor"?
(a) The B'nei Akra de'Agma asked Shmuel what the Din will be if Reuven was
established as the Bechor, but his father declared Shimon the Bechor.
do we mean by 'established'?
(b) What did Shmuel reply?
(c) Bearing in mind that this hinges on a Machlokes Tana'im (as we shall now
see), what is the basis of Shmuel's ruling?
(a) What does Rebbi Yehudah ...
(b) What do the Rabbanan learn from the word "Yakir"?
- ... learn from the Pasuk "Ki es ha'Bechor ben ha'Senu'ah *Yakir*"?
- ... say about a father who is a Kohen declaring his son to be a ben Gerushah or Chalutzah (and Pasul li'Kehunah)?
(a) Bearing in mind that the issue of Ne'emanus here concerns which son
receives the Cheilek Bechorah, what problem do we have with the Rabbanan's
D'rashah from "Yakir"?
Who is the author of the Beraisa which states 'Hayu Muchzakin Bo ...
(b) Why do we confine the Kashya to the Rabbanan? Why is there no Kashya on
(c) What do we answer?
(d) How will Rebbi Meir, who holds 'Adam Makneh Davar she'Lo Ba le'Olam',
establish "Yakir"? What makes us think that Rebbi Meir is involved in this
- ... she'Hu Bechor, va'Amar Aviv al Acher she'Hu Bechor, Ne'eman'?
- ... she'Eino Bechor, va'Amar Bechor Hu, Eino Ne'eman'?
(a) Rebbi Yochanan says 'B'ni Hu, ve'Chazar ve'Amar Avdi Hu, Eino Ne'eman'
(in his second statement).
Why, in the reverse case 'Avdi Hu, ve'Chazar
ve'Amar B'ni Hu', does he rule 'Ne'eman'?
(b) Then why does he not also believe him in the first case, on the grounds
that he is really his Eved, and he called him 'B'ni, because he loves him
like a son?
(c) If however, he is passing through customs, Rebbi Yochanan reverses the
At which stage does he refer to him as 'B'ni' in this case, and
when, as 'Avdi' (and vice-versa)?
(d) Why, if he says first 'B'ni' and then 'Avdi', is he believed there, but
not in the reverse case?
(a) We ask on Rebbi Yochanan from the Beraisa 'Hayah Meshamsho ke'Ven, u'Va
ve'Amar B'ni Hu, ve'Chazar ve'Amar Avdi Hu, Eino Ne'eman'.
Answers to questions
What does the
Tana rule in the Seifa 'Hayah Meshamsho ke'Eved, u'Ba ve'Amar Avdi Hu,
ve'Chazar ve'Amar u'B'ni Hu'?
(b) Why does this Beraisa pose a strong Kashya on Rebbi Yochanan?
(c) Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak reconciles the Beraisa with Rebbi Yochanan by
establishing it by Avda Meitzar Me'ah.
What is 'Avda Meitzar Me'ah'? How
does that answer the Kashya?
(d) How will this also help us to understand the excessive Lashon of the