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Chagigah 3

CHAGIGAH 3 - Sponsored by the Sugerman families of Montclair, New Jersey and Boca Raton, Florida in memory of: Malka bat Chaim, Dov Beryl ben Eliezer, Genendal bat Mordechai Mechayel, and Israel ben Shmuel.

(f) (R. Tanchum) A Cheresh in one ear is exempt from Re'iyah, as derived from Hakhel.
(g) (R. Tanchum) A Cheigar (lame) in one leg is exempt from Re'iyah, as derived from the word "Regalim."
1. A stump-legged person is exempt, as derived from "Pe'amim."
2. "Pe'amim" means feet, as the verse describes the beauty of Israel's feet as they ascend to Jerusalem for the festivals.
(h) (R. Tanchum) "The pit was empty, there was no water in it," teaches that there were, however, snakes and scorpions in the pit into which Yosef was thrown by his brothers.
(a) R. Yehoshua asked R. Yochanan b. Berokah and R. Elazar Chasma to tell him what Derashah was said by R. Elazar b. Azaryah.
(b) They dissented, until finally persuaded to tell him what they heard.
1. The Torah requires children to be brought to hear the Torah being read during the Mitzvah of Hakhel in order to give reward to those who bring them.
2. Hashem said to the Jewish people, "You have made Me recognized as unique in the world, and thus I shall make you unique in the world."

3. Words of Torah are compared (Koheles 12) to several types of objects:
(i) They are like a yoke that guides an animal, as they guide a person from the paths of death to the paths of life.
(ii) They are like nails, which are permanently in place.
(iii) They are like plantlings which reproduce.
4. All words of Torah were given by the One G-d to one leader (Moshe); make your ears like a funnel, acquire a discerning heart to hear all of the opinions.
(c) They did not want to tell him the Derashos initially because of an event that occurred.
1. R. Yosi b. Durmaskis was punished for relating a Derashah, when asked by R. Elazar to do so, because he attributed the Derashah to the person from whom he heard it, when it actually was a much older, known Derashah.
(i) The lands of Amon and Moav must separate Ma'aser Ani in the Shevi'is year.
(ii) Those lands were left unsanctified by Olei Bavel, so that the poor people would have a source of sustenance.
(a) (Beraisa) There are three types of Shoteh:
1. One who goes out alone at night.
2. One who sleeps in a graveyard.
3. One who tears his clothing.
(b) R. Yochanan and R. Huna argue whether one must do only one (R. Yochanan) or all three (R. Huna) in order to be classified as a Shoteh.
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