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Gitin 68

GITIN 68 & 69 - Sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Eli Turkel and his wife, Jeri Turkel. May Hashem bless them with many years of Simcha, health and fulfillment, and may they see all of their children and grandchildren follow them in the ways of Torah and Yir'as Shamayim!


(a) Why did the servants of the Resh Galusa insinuate that Rav Sheishes might have stolen a silver goblet that had gone 'missing'?

(b) What did he reply when they found it and did just that?

(c) What did they find when Rav Sheishes told them to examine the animal (despite their insistence that they had not Shechted a leprous animal that day)?

(d) How did the servants make one last effort to get rid of Rav Sheishes?

(a) What is the significance of the Pasuk in Melachim "Netei Lach al Yeminech O al Semolech"?

(b) It seems that he intended to ask the children for their Pasuk anyway, as we just explained.
What else caused him to ask just at that moment?

(a) What did Shlomoh ha'Melech mean when he said "Asisi Li ...
  1. ... Sharim ve'Sharos"?
  2. ... ve'Ta'anugos B'nei Adam"?
(b) In Bavel, they translated "Shidah ve'Shidos" as male and female demons.
How did they explain "ve'Shidos" in Eretz Yisrael?

(c) Rebbi Yochanan did not know what 'Shidah' was (or he knew that it referred to the mother of the demons, but did not know what she looked like).
How many different kinds of demons did Rebbi Yochanan say there were in Shichin?

(a) What made Shlomoh gather the demons in the first place? What did he need them for?

(b) The demons personally were unable to tell him what he wanted to know. What information did he 'force' out of them?

(c) How did Ashmedai used to protect himself from being poisoned or taken captive? What did he used to do during the day?

(d) How did Benayahu ben Yehoyadah outwit him, with the help of the shearings of wool and the flasks of wine that Shlomoh had supplied him with?
What did he do with the chain and the ring with Hashem's Name engraved on it?

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(a) Why did a widow implore Ashmodai to move away from her hut?

(b) What is the significance of the Pasuk in Mishlei "ve'Lashon Rakah Teshaber Garem"?

(c) Why did Ashmodai ...

  1. ... help first a blind man and then a drunken man, to find his way?
  2. ... cry when he saw the revelers rejoicing at a wedding?
  3. ... laugh when he heard a man ask a cobbler for shoes that would last for seven years?
  4. ... laugh when he saw a sorcerer in action?
(a) How long did Ashmedai have to wait before he was brought before Shlomoh Hamelech?

(b) Why did Shlomoh not see him on the first day?

(c) What was Ashamedai hinting when ...

  1. ... on the first day, he took one brick and placed it on top of another one?
  2. ... on the second day, he removed the top brick and placed it on the floor?
  3. ... on the third day, when he finally stood before the king, he placed a cane four Amos long, in front of him?
(a) The Shamir was placed under the jurisdiction of the angel of the of the sea.
Whom did he place in charge of it? How did he know that he could trust it?

(b) What did the hoopoe do with the Shamir? Where did he take it?

(c) How did the ...

  1. ... hoopoe settle the Shamir there? What is the significance of 'Nagar Tura'?
  2. ... Shamir survive in such barren country?
(a) How did Shlomoh's emissaries capture the Shamir worm?

(b) Why did the hoopoe commit suicide?

(a) How long did Shlomoh retain Ashmedai?

(b) Describing Hashem's supremacy over all the super-beings, Bil'am said "ke'So'afos Re'eim Lo".
What was he referring to when he said ...

  1. ... "ke'So'afos"?
  2. ... "Re'eim (Lo)"?
(c) How did Ashmedai trick Shlomoh into removing the chain and handing him the ring?

(d) What did he do next? What did he do with Shlomoh Hamelech?

(a) After losing his kingdom to Ashmedai, who now took over his throne, Shlomoh quoted the Pasuk in Koheles "Mah Yisron la'Adam be'Chol Amalo ... ". In what context did he quote the Pasuk ...
  1. ... "ve'Zeh Hayah Chelki mi'Kol Amali"? What did he mean by "Zeh"?
  2. ... "Ani Koheles Hayisi Melech al Yisrael bi'Yerushalayim"?
(b) Why did the Sanhedrin tend to believe him?

(c) Benayahu could do nothing to ascertain who was sitting on the throne, because the 'king' was currently not calling him.
How did the Sanhedrin initially ask the queens to examine whether he was Shlomoh or Ashmedai? Why were they unable to do so?

(d) What strange goings-on were they nevertheless able to report?

(a) What caused Ashmedai to fly away and leave the throne for Shlomoh to retake?

(b) What is the significance of the Pasuk in Shir Hashirim "Hinei Mitaso shel Shlomoh, Shishim Giborim Saviv Lah ... "?

(c) Rav and Shmuel argue whether Shlomoh was 'Melech ve'Hedyot' or 'Melech ve'Hedyot u'Melech'.
What exactly, is their Machlokes?

(a) To cure a headache caused by blood, one needs 'Shurbina' (a kind of cedar-wood), willow, wet myrtle, olive-wood and poplar, cloves and a herb called Yavla.
After boiling them, what does one do with the mixture? How many cupfuls are required for each side of the head?

(b) The alternative is to take a white rose that grows in single stalks. What does one do with it?

(a) For someone with half a headache, the cure begins with Shechting a hoopoe.
What does one Shecht it with? On which side of the head is the hoopoe placed during the Shechitah?

(b) What must one be careful about during the Shechitah?

(c) Where does he subsequently hang the Shechted hoopoe?

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