REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 44
(a) A Beraisa writes that the Chilazon bears some resemblance to the sea
(perhaps in color).
How does the Tana describe it shape-wise?
(b) From where does it appear?
(c) From which part of it does one produce the Techeiles?
(d) What makes it so expensive?
(a) What does Rebbi Nasan say about the reward for Mitzvos?
(b) To illustrate the reward for Mitzvos in this world, the Beraisa tells
the story of a man and a prostitute.
What did this man do when he heard
about a prostitute in a distant land who charged four hundred gold coins for
(c) How did he gain entry to her room, when he arrived?
(d) What did he find when she invited him to join her?
(a) What happened after he undressed and climbed to the top bed to join her?
(b) Why did that happen?
(c) What did the prostitute do when he promptly climbed down and sat on the
(d) Why did she think that he had changed his mind? What did she say to him?
(a) What did he retort?
(b) What was it that really caused him to retract? Why does the Torah write
twice "Ani Hashem Elokeichem"?
(c) Which two details did she demand from him in writing, besides his name
and city, before allowing him to leave?
(a) Before leaving Rome, she sold her property and divided it into three
What did she do with each third?
(b) Why did she need to leave one third for the state?
(c) Having sold all her property, which is the only household article that
she took with her to Eretz Yisrael (over and above the third that she took
in the form of money)?
(d) Why was Rebbi Achya (see also Tosfos DH 'le'Beis Medrasho') at first
hesitant to accept her as a Ger?
(a) What made Rebbi Achya change his mind?
(b) How did he react to that?
(c) What did he comment regarding the sheets?
(d) So what was the man's reward in this world for his dedication to the
Mitzvah of Tzitzis? What about the World to Come?
(a) What does Rav Yehudah say about a borrowed Talis?
(b) A Beraisa corroborates this ruling.
What does the Tana there say about
someone who dwells in an inn in Eretz Yisrael or who rents a house in Chutz
la'Aretz? Why is the latter not Chayav immediately?
(c) Why is someone who rents a house in Eretz Yisrael then Chayav
(d) How will fixing a Mezuzah achieve that?
(e) How does this Beraisa support Rav Yehudah's initial ruling concerning a
(a) How did Rav Chisda initially qualify our Mishnah 'Tefilah shel Yad Einah
Me'akeves es shel Rosh ... '?
(b) Why did he later deny having said it?
(c) Then why did he initially say otherwise?
(a) How many Mitzvos Asei does someone who fails to lay Tefilin negate,
according to Rav Chisda?
Answers to questions
(b) This might refer to "Ve'hayah Lecha le'Os" (in 'Kadeish'); "Ve'hayah
le'Os, u'le'Totafos" (in 'Ve'hayah Ki Yevi'acha'); "u'Keshartem le'Os",
"ve'Hayu le'Totafos" (in 'Sh'ma'); "u'Keshartem le'Os", "ve'Hayu le'Totafos"
plus "ve'Samtem (in 'Ve'hayah im Shamo'a').
What is the more simple
(c) Rav Chisda also lists five Mitzvos Asei for someone who wears a
four-cornered Beged without Tzitzis. Four of them are contained in the
Parshah of Tzitzis in Sh'lach-Lecha: "Ve'asu", "Ve'nasnu", "Ve'hayah",
"Ve'hayah" and "u'Re'isem".
What is the fifth?
(d) Finally, he lists three Mitzvos Asei for a Kohen who does go to 'Duchen'
when he is called and two for someone who fails to fix a Mezuzah on his
(e) Based on a Pasuk in Yeshayah, what does Resh Lakish say about someone
who does lays Tefilin?
- ... three Asei does the Kohen transgress?
- ... two Asei does someone who lives in a house (a room) without a Mezuzah, transgress?
(a) What does our Mishnah say about the flour and oil of a Minchas Nesachim,
on the one hand, and the wine, on the other?
(b) What is the Tana referring to when he says that the Matanos on the
Mizbe'ach ha'Chitzon are not Me'akev one another?
(c) What is the source for this ruling?
(a) The Beraisa discusses the order of the Menachos and the Nesachim. What
(b) What does ...
- ... the Tana Kama there learn from the Pasuk in Pinchas "u'Minchasam ve'Niskeihem"?
- ... Rebbi learn from the Pasuk in Emor "Zevach u'Nesachim ... "?
(c) What are the ramifications of this latter ruling?
- ... Rebbi then learn from "u'Minchasam ve'Niskeihem"?
- ... the Tana Kama learn from "Zevach u'Nesachim ... "?
(a) The Minchas Nesachim can only be sacrificed on the following day, if it
was not originally brought together with the Zevach.
What other condition
(b) On what grounds do we reject the Beraisa's interpretation of the
Machlokes between Rebbi and the Rabbanan?
(c) What do the Chachamim therefore learn from the Pasuk in Emor "Olah
(d) What does Rebbi learn from there?
(a) What does this force us to conclude? What is then the basis of their
(b) Why do the Rabbanan now give the Minchah precedence over the Nesachim?
(c) Why does Rebbi disagree with them?
(d) Then why does the Torah give the Menachos precedence in the case of
(a) What does our Mishnah say about the bulls, the rams and the lambs?
Answers to questions
(b) According to Rebbi Shimon, what should the Kohanim do in a case where
there is sufficient money to purchase many bulls and rams, but not their
(c) Why can the Tana Kama not be referring to the bulls and lambs of the
Musaf of Sukos?
(d) So which ones is he referring to?