REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Megilah 10
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(a) Rav Yitzchak heard that one is permitted to sacrifice in Beis Chonyo
What is Beis Chonyo? Who was Chonyo?
(b) What did Rav Yitzchak learn from "the Pasuk Ki Lo Ba'sem ad Atah el
ha'Menuchah ve'el ha'Nachalah"?
(c) What did Rava comment when Rav Yitzchak denied having made such a
(d) He denied having said it because of our Mishnah and because of a Mishnah
What do these two Mishnayos say that clash with Rav Yitzchak's
(a) How do we answer the Kashyos on Rav Yitzchak?
(b) What did Rebbi Eliezer hear about the manner in which they built the
Heichal and the Azarah when they first returned from Bavel?
(c) Did they already bring Korbanos at that stage?
(d) What was the difference between the way that they put up the curtains of
the Heichal and the way that they put up the curtains of the Azarah?
(a) Rebbi Yehoshua permitted bringing sacrifices even though there was no
Beis Hamikdash, eating Kodshei Kodshim even though there were no curtains
around the area of the Heichal, and eating Kodshim Kalim and Ma'aser Sheini
even though there was no wall around Yerushalayim. Why is that?
(b) How do we initially explain Rebbi Eliezer? What was then the purpose of
(c) We conclude that Rebbi Eliezer also agrees that the initial Kedushah
remained even after the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash.
In that case,
why did they put up curtains?
(a) What does Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi say about the nine towns that are
listed in the Mishnah in Erchin? Why are they, more than all the towns that
were surrounded by a wall in the days of Yehoshua bin Nun, mentioned there?
Answers to questions
(b) What did Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi say in another Beraisa that
contradicts his previous statement?
(c) How do we amend the wording of this Beraisa 'Matz'u Eilu ve'Kidshum'? Why
is it necessary to make this amendment?
(d) One way to reconcile the two contradictory statements of Rebbi Yishmael
b'Rebbi Yossi is by turning it into a Machlokes Tana'im regarding the opinion
of Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi.
What is the alternative way of answering
(a) We initially believe that every "va'Yehi" in T'nach always denotes pain
What suffering is hinted in the Pasuk ...
(b) On which day was Hashem happy as the day on which He created heaven and
- ... "va'Yehi Ish Echad min ha'Ramasayim" (Shmuel 1)?
- ... "va'Yehi Ki Zakein Shmuel" (Shmuel 1)?
- ... "va'Yehi David le'Chol Derachav Maskil" (Shmuel 1)?
- ... "va'Yehi Ki Yashav ha'Melech be'Veiso" (Shmuel 2)?
(c) Then on what grounds could "va'Yehi ba'Yom ha'Shemini" fit into the
(d) We disprove this theory (that every "va'Yehi" denotes suffering) however,
from three sources: from the day on which the Beis Hamikdash was completed
and from the occasion when Ya'akov first saw Rachel (with regard to both of
which the Torah uses the Lashon "va'Yehi", even though there is no suffering
hinted there). The third disproof is from a series of occasions where the
Torah uses the Lashon "va'Yehi" no less than six times.
What does that
(a) How do we therefore amend the original statement? When is "va'Yehi"
*always* a Lashon of pain and suffering?
(b) What is painful about ...
- ... "va'Yehi bi'Yemei Achashveirosh"?
- ... "va'Yehi bi'Yemei Sh'fot ha'Shoftim"?
- ... "va'Yehi bi'Yemei Amrafel"?
- ... "va'Yehi bi'Yemei Achaz"?
- ... "va'Yehi bi'Yemei Yehoyakim"?
(a) What was the relationship between Amotz and Amatzyah?
(b) Why does Rebbi Levi (who is also the author of the previous Sugya)
consider it necessary to tell us this?
What is his Chidush?
(c) How does he interpret the Pasuk in va'Yeishev "va'Yir'ehah Yehudah
va'Yachshevehah le'Zonah Ki Chis'sah Panehah"?
(a) Rebbi Levi's next statement is substantiated by a Beraisa. In the first
Beis Hamikdash there was a distance of ten Amos from the Aron to the wall of
the Kodesh Kodashim.
What was the size of the Kodesh ha'Kodashim, and what
does the Tana of the Beraisa learn from here?
(b) What is the 'D'vir'?
(a) Rebbi Yonasan would begin his Purim Derashah with the Pasuk in Yeshayah
"ve'Kamti Aleihem ... ve'Hichrati le'Bavel Sheim, u'She'er ve'Nin ve'Neched".
What is meant by ...
(b) In the Pasuk in Yeshayah, "Tachas ha'Na'atzutz Ya'aleh B'rosh ... ", how
did Rebbi Shmuel bar Nachmeini interpret ...
- ... "Sheim"?
- ... "She'er"?
- ... "Nin"?
- ... "Neched"?
(c) Mordechai is called the head of the Besamim because of the Pasuk in Ki
Sisa "ve'Atah Kach Lecha Besamim Rosh Mor Deror".
- ... "ha'Na'atzutz"?
- ... "B'rosh"?
- ... "ve'Sachas *ha'Sirpad*"?
- ... "Ya'aleh *Hadas*"?
How does 'Mor Deror' hint
(d) And what do the two final phrases in the above Pasuk mean:
- "ve'Hayah Hashem le'Sheim"?
- "le'Os Olam Lo Yikareis"?
(a) Whose granddaughter was Vashti?
(b) The Pasuk in Ki Savo "ve'Hayah Ka'asher Sas Hashem Aleichem le'Heitiv
Eschem, Kein Yasis le'Hara Eschem". We decline to explain the Pasuk in its
simplest sense (that Hashem will rejoice in performing evil with you), based
partially on the Pasuk in Beshalach "ve'Lo Karav Zeh el Zeh Kol ha'Laylah".
What do we prove from there?
(c) How does Rebbi Elazar therefore explain the Pasuk?
(d) How do we actually prove Rebbi Elazar's explanation grammatically?
(a) The Pasuk in Koheles writes "le'Adam she'Tov Lefanav Nasan Chochmah
To whom does this refer?
(b) And to whom does the next phrase in the Pasuk refer: "ve'la'Chotei Nasan
Inyan le'Esof ve'Lichnos"?
(c) The Pasuk concludes "la'Seis la'Tov Lifnei ha'Elokim".
Which event does
this refer to?
(a) The Pasuk in Yirmiyah says "ve'Samti Kis'i be'Eilam, ve'Ha'avadti mi'Sham
Answers to questions
How did Rabah bar Ofran explain ...
(b) The Pasuk says in Ezra "Ki Avadim Anachnu, u've'Avduseinu Lo Azavnu Elokeinu, va'Yeit Aleinu Chesed Lifnei Malchei Paras".
- ... "Melech"?
- ... "ve'Sarim"?
According to Rav Dimi bar Yitzchak, about which period does this speak?