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Nazir 49


(a) Seeing as, according to Rebbi Akiva, Meis Mitzvah overrides Nazir from "le'Aviv" and a Kohen Gadol who is a Nazir from "le'Achiv", why does the Torah need to write "le'Imo"? Why is his mother not automatically included in "le'Aviv"?

(b) Then why does the Torah need to write "le'Aviv"? Why can we not learn it from "le'Imo"?

(c) If the relationship of a father is a Safek, on what basis is one then obligated to honor one's father? How does anyone ever know who his father really is?

(a) The Torah writes in Emor with regard to Kohen Gadol "Al Kol Nafshos Meis".
What does Rebbi Akiva learn from ...
  1. ... "Al Kol"?
  2. ... "Meis"?
  3. ... "Nafshos"?
(b) By Nazir too, the Torah writes "al Kol Nefesh Meis", and Rebbi Akiva learns strangers from "Nefesh" (and not from "al Kol").
How come that here, he learns strangers from "al Kol"?

(c) Then how can he also use "Nafshos" to teach us a Revi'is of blood from two Meisim?

(d) Why does Rebbi Akiva require a Pasuk (by Kohen Gadol) for the prohibition of strangers? Why can he not learn it from a 'Kal va'Chomer' from a Kohen Hedyot, or because the Kohen Gadol was already forbidden from the time that he was a Kohen Hedyot (as we explained earlier)?

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(a) What do the following cases of Nazir have in common: 1. a corpse or a k'Zayis from a corpse; 2. a k'Zayis of juices from a corpse; 3. a spoonful of dust from a corpse; 4. a spinal-cord and/or a skull from a corpse; 5. a complete limb from a corpse; 6. a complete limb from a living person with a befitting amount of flesh still attached to it? In which three regards do they share the same Halachah?

(b) What is considered 'a befitting amount of flesh'?

(c) Bones and blood are included in the above list too.
What is the minimum Shiur of ...

  1. ... bones?
  2. ... blood?
(a) What other condition must be fulfilled before bones can fit into this list?

(b) How do we reconcile the Shiur of a half-Log of blood with the Halachah (cited in our Mishnah) that a Revi'is (a quarter-Log) of blood is Metamei be'Ohel?

(c) What is the source for all these measures?

(a) In which regard does a bone the size of a barley (which also renders Tamei) differ from the above?

(b) In all the above cases, the Nazir requires sprinkling with the ashes of the Parah Adumah on the third and seventh days and must demolish his Nezirus.
How much of his Nezirus must he demolish?

(c) When does he recommence his Nezirus?

(a) Why did Rebbi Yehudah refuse entry to the Beis-Hamedrash to Rebbi Meir's disciples after Rebbi Meir's death?

(b) Which of Rebbi Meir's disciples managed to gain entry?

(c) How did Rebbi Yehudah prove his point when Sumchus cited our Mishnah in the name of Rebbi Meir? How would *he* have cited the Mishnah?

(d) What was Rebbi Yossi's reaction to the situation?

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