REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Gitin 69
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) The cure for Beruksi (eye's web) requires an old scorpion of seven
What does one do with it after drying it anywhere but in the sun?
(b) Why should one not use more than three tiny containers of it for each
(a) For night-blindness one takes a rope made of animals' hair, and ties one
end to the stricken man's foot and the other end to the foot of a dog.
What do the children do before one recites the first incantation?
(b) Where ..
(c) What should he remember to do before reciting the final incantation?
- ... do the seven neighbors place the seven pieces of meat that they have given him?
- ... does he eat them?
(a) For day-blindness, one takes seven spleens of meat from the inside of a
On what does one roast them?
(b) After he asks his friend for the pieces, he eats them and chants the
Where are he and his friend sitting?
(c) When he has finished eating, what must he be careful to do to prevent
the blindness from returning?
(a) For excessive nose-bleeding, the sufferer must find a Kohen whose name
How should he write his name?
(b) Alternatively, he finds any man and writes an alternative incantation,
or the root of a lucerne plant, ropes from an old bed, paper made of fluff
and the reddish part of a Lulav.
What does he do with them?
(c) And what does he then do with the shearing of wool after he has spun it
into two threads and soaked them in vinegar?
(d) Two alternatives remain. Either he straddles a stream that flows from
east to west and takes mud in both of his hands in which he rolls two
threads of wool soaked in vinegar and places them in his nostril, or he
recites an incantation whilst standing under a drainpipe.
How does he take
the mud in his hands? What happens to him whilst he is standing with it
under the drainpipe? What does he say?
(a) Bleeding from the mouth needs to be examined with a straw.
the straw determine?
(b) What does Rav Ashi mean when he asks from a Mishnah in Chulin, where we
have learned the opposite? What did we learn in the Mishnah in Chulin?
(c) How do we reconcile our Sugya with that Mishnah?
(a) The cure for blood from the lungs comprises seven fistfuls of sliced
beets, seven fistfuls of leek, five fistfuls of a herb called Madirishra,
three fistfuls of lentils, one fistful of cumin, one fistful of Chavli and
twenty-four fistfuls of entrails of an animal that is the firstborn of its
What does he do with them? What does he wash it down with?
(b) The cure for a toothache (of the inner teeth), says Raba bar Rav Huna,
is one takes a single garlic, which must be ground with oil and salt.
does he then do with it?
(c) What is the purpose of the border of dough that he makes round it?
(d) The cure for quinsy (septic blisters in the throat), says Rebbi
Yochanan, comprises the leaves of a herb called pyrethrum (which is as
effective as a herb called Mamru), though the roots are even better.
much must one take to contain the illness?
(a) To induce the pus of quinsy to accumulate, one requires the thick bran
that remains in the sieve when sifting coarse flour, lentils with their own
dust, fenugreek and the flowers of hops.
Answers to questions
What should he do with the
(b) In order to get the blisters to burst, his friend takes white
What does he do with them?
(c) To restore the sore spot to its former state after the blisters have
burst, he takes dust from the shade of stones that were built into a
makeshift bathroom in a field.
With what does he mix it before taking it?
(d) The cure for catarrh comprises the size of an acorn of sal-amoniac, the
size of a nut of sweet galbanum, a spoonful of white honey and a Revi'is (of
a Lug) of good, white wine. What does he do with the mixture? How will he
know when the mixture is ready?
(a) If the above cure for catarrh is not possible, he should sprinkle a
Revi'is of goat's milk on to three cabbage-leaves.
What does he
subsequently do with them?
(b) A third possible cure comprises the excrement of a white dog, mixed with
What care is one advised to take whilst eating it?
(a) The cure for an illness called Giyra (sharp pains) is Giyra de'Lilis.
What is 'Giyra de'Lilis'?
(b) What must he do with it before pouring water on it and drinking it?
(c) Alternatively, he takes water from which a dog has drunk at night-time.
What must he be wary of with regard to that water?
(d) The cure for having drunk water that was left in the open is 'Anpaka of
What does 'Anpaka' mean?
(a) The cure for boils is an Anpaka of wine with a kind of red soap, and for
fits of fainting, three barley-loaves together with a preserve made of sour
milk. What should be the maximum age of the preserve?
(b) With what does one wash it down?
(c) On what grounds did Rav Acha mi'Difti object to this cure for that
(d) Ravina therefore prescribed it for someone who was hyperactive.
kind of bread did he prescribe for someone who suffers fainting fits? What
did he drink it with? With what kind of wine did he wash it down?
(a) The cure for heart-ache is three egg-volumes of mint, one of cumin and
one of sunflower-seeds; for stomach-ache, three hundred long peppers.
what does one take them?
(b) What did Ravin from Neresh do for Rav Ashi's daughter?
(c) The cure for worms in the stomach consists of an Anpaka of wine and the
leaves of a laurel-tree, for white worms, the seed of a rocket-plant, which
he soaks in water and drinks.
With what does he tie the seed before
(d) What should he be careful not to do whilst drinking the water?
(a) The cure for diarrhea is wet pennyroyal plant in water.
What is the
cure for constipation?
(b) What does the Si'man 'Itza Retiva de'Sachar Maya' mean?
(c) The cure for a swollen spleen (which presumably, is life-threatening) is
How does one ...
(d) Alternatively, one takes the spleen of a she-goat that has not given
- ... prepare them?
- ... take them?
What does he ...
- ... do with it, assuming that he has an oven?
- ... do with it, assuming that he has not?
- ... say whilst doing it?
- ... do with the corpse of the person who died on Shabbos (which he uses as an alternative cure) if, for some reason, even that is not possible.
- ... or with the fish that he uses as another alternative?
- ... do with the barrel of wine as a final alternative to cure his swollen spleen?
(a) What happened with that goat that used to drink the water from in front
of the blacksmith?
(b) What did Rav Acha B'rei de'Rava tell Rav Ashi he would not need to do if
he had a barrel of wine?
(c) The cure for piles is Akukya and aloe-plant, raw silver, litharge (a
by-product of silver, which brings-up steam when it is poured), a little bag
of silver or gold (that women wear round their necks) containing Pilon-spice
and the dung of doves or of chickens.
What does he do with all these
(d) Failing that, what should he drink?
- ... in the summer?
- ... in the winter?
(a) The cure for Shigruna (an ailment of the thigh) is a container full of
What does he do with it?
(b) The cure for a stone in the Gid (which prevents one from urinating)
comprises paraffin, leek-oil, and clear wine.
What quantity of each is
(c) Where are the drops placed?
(a) Alternatively, one takes the handle of a leather flask, a red thread or
Who must have spun the thread?
(b) From where does one suspend all of these?
(c) Where should he subsequently urinate?
(d) Why should he take care to retain the stone when it emerges?
(a) The cure for an external fever is three Sa'ah of date-stones and three
Sa'ah of leaves of an Adra tree.
How should he then boil them? Where he
does he place himself?
(b) After placing the two lots into two bowls, what does he then do with the
two bowls and the table that are then brought before him?
(c) Why, after bathing in the two bowls, does he ...
- ... drink from the water in which the Adra-leaves were boiled?
- ... not drink from the water in which the date-stones were boiled?
(a) The cure for an internal fever is seven spinach (or beet) leaves from
seven different rows of spinach which should be cooked in their dust, and
which one eats together with leaves from an Adar tree.
Answers to questions
With what does one
(b) The alternative is to eat grapes from a vine. What supports the vine?