REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Moed Katan 10
(a) 'A non-expert is permitted to sew normally'. According to Tana de'Bei
Rebbi Yanai, a non-expert constitutes someone who cannot stitch many
How does Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina explain it?
(b) 'An expert must be 'Machliv'. According to Rebbi Yochanan, this means
How does Rabah bar Shmuel explain it?
(c) The Tana Kama of our Mishnah says 'Mesargin es ha'Mitos', Rebbi Yossi,
'Memaschin'. Rebbi Yochanan and Chizkiyah argue over this. One of them
explains 'Mesargin' to mean one arranges the cords on the bed 'Shesi
What does this mean, and what is then the meaning of
(d) According to the second explanation, 'Mesargin' means stretching the
cords one way only ('Shesi').
What does 'Memaschin' then mean?
(a) Rav Tachlifa bar Shaul cites a Beraisa (with reference to the Machlokes
between the Tana Kama and Rebbi Yossi) 've'Shavin she'Ein Mafshilin Chavalin
With which of the two above explanations does this create a
(b) And on which of the two explanations does Rebbi Meir's statement (in the
Mishnah in Keilim) 'ha'Mitah mi'she'Yisrog Bah Sheloshah Batim' create a
(c) So how do we amend the two above opinions? In which point do they argue,
and in which point do they agree?
(d) How does the opinion which explains 'Memaschin' to mean just to tighten
it, explain the 'Yesh Omrim' in the Beraisa, which forbids even 'Memaschin'?
On what grounds would Chazal forbid just tightening the cords of a bed on
(a) One is permitted to build from scratch a Tanur, a Kirayim and a mill.
What is the difference between a Tanur and a Kirayim?
(b) Rebbi Yehudah says 'Ein Mechabshin es ha'Reichayim Lechatchilah'. Rav
Yehudah interprets 'Mechabshin' as 'Menaker Reichaya'.
What does that
(c) Rav Yechiel interprets it as 'Bas Eina'.
What is 'Bas Eina'?
(a) Rebbi Eliezer, in the Beraisa, permits the construction of an oven, on
Chol ha'Mo'ed, provided one does not finish the job.
What do the Chachamim
(b) According to Rebbi Yehudah, Rebbi Eliezer differentiates between a new
oven and an old one.
What distinction does he make between them?
(c) What does Yesh Omrim say?
(a) In which way does Rebbi Yehudah's opinion by an old oven (according to
Rebbi Eliezer) pose a Kashya on Rav Yechiel above (in 3c., who says that
Mechabshin means making a hole for the wheat)?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we reconcile Rav Yechiel?
(a) What did Rav Huna declare when he heard a man roughing an old mill-stone
on Chol ha'Mo'ed? Like whom does he hold?
Halachos of Rava regarding Chol ha'Mo'ed.
(b) Rav Chama Darshened that roughing an old mill-stone is permitted on Chol
ha'Mo'ed. What did they say in the name of Rav about cutting the nails of
a donkey ...
(c) And what did Rav Yehudah say about the latter, as well as about putting
up mill-stones and building a mill or its wooden stand?
- ... or a horse that one intends to ride?
- ... that grinds the corn?
(d) What other item does he include in the list?
(a) Is one permitted to comb a horse or to build a manger or a stone shelter
on Chol ha'Mo'ed?
(b) Rava permits bloodletting an animal on Chol ha'Mo'ed.
What does Abaye
comment on Rava's statement?
(c) Rava also permits Kiskusi Kirmi.
What does this mean? Why does he
(d) Why does Rav Chisda forbid rubbing sleeves on smooth vessels (a crude
form of ironing)? What is the second explanation of 'Kitri Biri' (or Kitri
(a) Removing earth from a field is permitted on Chol ha'Mo'ed, as long as it
is for the purpose of making a threshing-floor, but not when it is to
improve the field.
Why is that? How do we know what his intention is
(b) Sweeping twigs from the ground is permitted if it is to use the twigs as
firewood, but not if it is to clear the ground for sowing.
How do we know
what the owner's real intentions are?
(c) When is one permitted to drain water on Chol ha'Mo'ed from pools that
have gathered in one's field out into the field, and when is this forbidden?
(d) One is permitted to prune a date-palm as long as he intends to use the
cut branches as animal-food, but not if it is to prune the tree.
How do we
know what his real intentions are?
(a) Rava permits cutting unripe dates in half on Chol ha'Mo'ed to eat on
What does he say about placing a weight on them in order to
squeeze out the juice?
(b) Rav Papa disagrees.
What does *he* say?
(c) Rava forbids business on Chol ha'Mo'ed.
What does Rav Yossi bar Avin
(d) What happened to Ravina when he postponed selling goods worth six
thousand Zuz until after Chol ha'Mo'ed?
(a) What did Rav Ashi tell Ravina when he asked him about collecting a debt
from the people of Akra de'Shan'usa on Chol ha'Mo'ed?
Answers to questions
(b) Rav Ashi's source is a Beraisa regarding idolatry.
What does the
Beraisa say about the purchase of animals, slaves and property, that bears
out Rav Ashi's ruling?