REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Moed Katan 18
(a) What did Shmuel ask Pinchas his brother when he went to pay him a
We learn the concept that a covenant is made with one's lips from a number
(b) What did Pinchas' reply? Why was his reply out of order?
(c) How did Shmuel later react to Pinchas thoughtlessness, when the latter
then had to pay him a return visit?
(d) In view of what we have learned regarding someone who throws his nails
on the floor, how can we justify what Shmuel did?
From which Pasuk in the Akeidah does Rebbi Yochanan in our
Sugya derive it?
(a) Is there any difference between the finger-nails and the toe-nails in
(b) Why might we have thought that there is?
(c) How does Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav qualify the concession of cutting
one's nails during Aveilus?
(a) Rav Sh'man bar Aba found Rebbi Yochanan in the Beis-Hamedrash on Chol
ha'Mo'ed cutting his nails with his teeth. Besides the obvious Heter to cut
one's nails (with a Shinuy) on Chol ha'Mo'ed, what other two things do we
learn from Rebbi Yochanan?
(b) What is someone called who ...
(c) What is the reason for all this?
- ... throws his nails on the floor?
- ... buries them?
- ... who burns them?
(d) Throwing one's nails on the floor of the Beis Hamedrash is nevertheless
permitted on the grounds that women do not frequent the Beis Hamedrash.
Why are we not afraid that they might be swept up and thrown outside, to a
location where women *do* go?
(a) Rebbi permitted a pair who came from Chamsan to cut their nails.
would he have permitted further had they asked him (according to Rav or the
Tana of a Beraisa - according to Shmuel, they actually did ask him and he
(b) Which part of the mustache is permitted?
(c) What did Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak rule concerning himself? Why was that?
(a) Why is Par'oh described in Daniel as "Sh'fal Anashim"?
Answers to questions
(b) What do we learn about Par'oh from the Pasuk in va'Eira "Hinei Yotz'ei
(c) Our Mishnah permits specific people to wash their clothes on Chol
ha'Mo'ed and specific clothes to be washed.
How do we then justify ...
1. ... Rav Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan, who permits someone who has only one
shirt to wash his clothes' too (even though he is not listed in our Mishnah
among those people who may)?
(d) Rav Heidaya tried to support Rebbi Yochanan's second statement with
first-hand evidence that he had seen with his own eyes (the Sea of Teverya
teeming with linen clothes being washed on Chol ha'Mo'ed).
2. ... another statement quoted in his name, where he permits the washing of
linen clothes on Chol ha'Mo'ed (even though they are not listed in our
Mishnah among the clothes that are permitted)?
What did Abaye
have to say about that? How did he refute Rav Heidaya's proof?
(a) Our Mishnah permits writing a variety of documents on Chol ha'Mo'ed:
documents of betrothal and divorce, receipts, wills and gifts.
What is ...
(b) A document of Chalitzah too, is permitted, and so are decrees of
- ... a P'ruzbul?
- ... an Igeres Shum?
- ... an Igeres Mazon?
What is ...
(c) Why did Chazal permit all of these on Chol ha'Mo'ed (see Tosfos DH
- ... a Sh'tar Miy'un?
- ... a Sh'tar Birurin?
- ... an Igeres shel Reshus?
(a) Shmuel permits betrothal on Chol ha'Mo'ed in case someone else catches
the woman first.
Why is there no proof for this from ...
(b) There is a Tana de'Bei Shmuel however, that bears out Shmuel, explicitly
forbidding marriage, but permitting betrothal. The Tana does however,
qualify the concession of betrothal.
- ... our Mishnah, which permits the writing of Sh'tarei Kidushin? What are Sh'tarei P'sikta?
- ... the Mishnah on 8b., 'Ein Nos'in Nashim be'Mo'ed', implying that betrothal is permitted?
What does it forbid?
(c) Is a Yavam permitted to make Yibum on Chol ha'Mo'ed?
(a) Shmuel says that each day, a Bas-Kol makes two announcements.
(b) Then how can Shmuel permit betrothal on Chol ha'Mo'ed in case someone
else betrothes the woman first? Is that at all possible?
(c) What did Rava tell that man whom he overheard Davening for a certain
(d) The man subsequently changed the wording of his prayer.
What did ...
- ... he then begin praying?
- ... Rava tell him when he again overheard him Davening?
(a) What does Rav (or a Beraisa) quoting Rebbi Reuven ben Itzrubli learn
from Lavan and Besuel's reaction to Eliezer's amazing success in finding the
right Shiduch for Yitzchak, in spite of their efforts to the contrary? What
did Lavan and Besuel say?
(b) How do we learn the same thing from a Pasuk ...
- ... in Nevi'im regarding Shimshon's parents? What does the Pasuk say there about them?
- ... in Kesuvim (Mishlei)? What does the Pasuk say regarding a house and wealth, and a wise woman?
(a) And what does Rav (or a Beraisa) quoting Rebbi Reuven ben Itzrubli also
say about someone who is suspected of having done something when he really
did not do it, either whole or even in part? What will he have been guilty
of, even if he did not think about doing such a thing?
(b) How do we reconcile this with the Pasuk in Melachim, where Yisrael
accused Hashem (Kevayachol) of having done wicked things, and the Pasuk in
Tehilim, which records how Yisrael accused Moshe of adultery?
(c) Then why did Rebbi Yossi express the wish that his lot should be with
those who were suspected of having done things of which they were innocent
(and Rav Papa who stated that this had happened to him)?
(a) One only contends with a rumor, if the person concerned has no enemies.
If he has, it is meaningless.
Answers to questions
How long must a rumor persist to be
classified as 'Kala de'Lo Pasik' (of which we spoke in the previous
(b) If the rumor stopped for a short while during that day and a half
period, then it is considered a 'Kala de'Pasik'.
When will this not be the
(c) When will a broken rumor be considered a 'Kala de'Lo Pasik' even if it
stopped in the middle of the thirty-six hours (not out of fear)?