REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Gitin 70
GITIN 70 - dedicated by Sandy and Les Wiesel in memory of Sandy's parents,
Rabbi Jonah and Lena Caplan.
(a) The cure for wet boils comprises seven fat wheat kernels.
On what does
he roast them? What does he then do?
(b) Rav Shimi bar Ashi used this same cure to heal a Nochri of different
(c) Why was there no hope for someone who was pierced by a Persian spear?
(d) Then why would they administer juicy meat roasted on coal and wine to
someone who was?
(a) The same is true of someone who swallowed a hornet.
What would they
administer to him to prolong his life, as they did in the previous case?
(b) What does Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi say will happen to someone who eats ox
meat with turnip and sleeps out in the moonlight on the night of the
fourteenth or the fifteenth of Tamuz?
(c) What else might a person do that causes the same result?
(d) Why did Rav Papa need to add that this applies even to dates?
(a) Abaye, who teaches us the cure for a fever of the bones, quotes his
nurse, who taught him that it is different than all other cures in two ways.
Other cures must be taken for three, seven or twelve days on an empty
stomach. In contrast, how many days does one take this cure, and when does
one take it?
(b) The cure consists of Shesisa di'T'lafchi (a fistful of a dish made from
lentil-flour and salt).
With what does one mix it?
(c) What does he do next in order to induce perspiration?
(d) What should one ...
- ... not do whilst he is sleeping?
- ... do after he wakes up and arises?
(a) Eliyahu advised Rebbi Nasan that when he ate, he should eat a third,
drink a third and leave a third free.
Why is that?
(b) What does the Tana advise one to do to avoid stomach problems with
regard to ...
(c) According to Mar Ukva, what will happen to someone who drinks poor
quality white wine (known as 'Tiyla'), or to someone who, according to Rav
Chisda, sits by the fire on a Nisan morning, and anoints himself with oil,
before going out into the sun?
- ... how one eats one's bread?
- ... how much one eats?
- ... how one reacts after having eaten?
(d) According to Rav Chisda, there are sixty different kinds of wine, the
worst of which is Tiyla.
Which is the best?
(a) What does the Tana of a Beraisa say will happen when ...
(b) When is it safe to perform Tashmish after blood-letting?
- ... one of the partners lets blood immediately prior to Tashmish?
- ... both of them do so?
(c) What does Rabah bar Rav Huna say will happen to someone who arrives from
a long journey and performs Tashmish immediately?
(d) What does the Tana of the Beraisa say will happen to someone who
performs Tashmish immediately after leaving the bathroom? How long must he
wait before it is safe to do so?
(a) What happens to someone who performs Tashmish ...
(b) The cure for Dalarya, says Abaye, is a crocus that grew on a hedge.
Rav Papa would chew it and swallow it.
- ... standing?
- ... sitting?
- ... switching positions with his wife?
What did Rav Papi used to do?
(c) Abaye advises someone who is unable to perform Tashmish to take a Kapiza
(a vessel holding three Lugin) of Kurtami (safflower) in earth that was
manured with sheep's dung (see Rashash).
What does he then do with it?
(d) What did Rebbi Yochanan have to say about that potion?
(a) Three things make a person weak, two of which are fear and travel.
What is the third?
(b) A second list of three things that make a person weak includes someone
who eats or drinks standing.
What is the third?
(c) These same three things are also contained in a list of five things
that, if one stands immediately after performing them, are closer to death
than to life.
What are the other two?
(a) Six things are listed as fatal: Someone who arrives from a journey and
immediately performs rigorous exercises, lets blood and enters the bathhouse
and drinks sufficient to become drunk.
What is the last in the list? How
many of these must he perform in order to be in danger?
(b) Rebbi Yochanan insists that he performs them in the right order.
does Abaye add to that?
(c) How do we reconcile Rebbi Yochanan with the story of Me'uras, who did
only three of the six things with her slave, yet the slave died?
(a) What do the following things have in common ...
(b) Which two should be added to the first list?
- ... Travel, Tashmish, wealth, work, wine and sleep?
- ... Salt, hunger, Tzara'as, weeping, sleeping on the ground?
(c) Which two foods should be added to the second list?
(d) Blood-letting too, should be added to the second list to make up the
What distinction does Rav Papa draw between letting blood
from the lower half of the body and the upper half? What is meant by the
lower and the upper half of the body?
(a) We learned above that hops out of season are harmful.
Answers to questions
to Rav Papa, is considered out of season for hops?
(b) And when is it considered in-season?
(c) What is the difference between hops in-season, and the other months of
the year, in this regard?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that if a man appointed a Sheli'ach to write
his wife a Get, and after he has been seized by Kurdaikus he rescinds it,
the original Shelichus stands. According to Resh Lakish, we write the Get
What does Rebbi Yochanan say?
(b) Resh Lakish explains 'Ein Devarav ha'Acharonim K'lum' literally.
does Rebbi Yochanan interpret it?
(c) If Resh Lakish compares Kurdaikus to someone who is asleep, to what does
Rebbi Yochanan compare him?
(d) Why does ...
- ... Rebbi Yochanan not compare him to someone who is asleep?
- ... Resh Lakish not compare him to a Shoteh?
(a) What does Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel say about someone whose two pipes (the
wind-pipe and the esophagus) or the majority of them, have been cut,
divorcing his wife?
(b) About which similar case does the Tana of the Beraisa say the same?
(c) How is this a Kashya on Rebbi Yochanan, who maintains that, if someone
is seized by Kurdaikus, one cannot give the Get that he appointed a
Sheli'ach to give, until he is cured?
(d) How does Rebbi Hoshaya reconcile Rebbi Yochanan's opinion with Rav
Yehudah Amar Shmuel and the Beraisa?
(a) What did Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel say about the wife of the man in the
(b) If one presumes him to be dead, then how can he permit writing her a
(c) Why then, does the person who inadvertently dealt the stroke not have to
run into exile?
(d) What difference does it make whether it was the wind that ultimately
caused his death or the dying man's gasping?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that, if a dumb man nods his head a number of
times to different questions, we acknowledge his request to write his wife a
Answers to questions
Why are we not afraid that he has adopted a tendency to ...
(b) Tana de'Bei Rebbi Yishmael actually specifies the questions that one
asks him. What do we initially think he is referring to when he says that we
ask him about 'summer things in the winter' and 'winter things in the
- ... say 'Yes' to everything or 'No'?
- ... alternate, once 'Yes' and once 'No'?
(c) On what grounds do we reject this suggestion?
(d) So what *does* he mean?