ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafPesachim 54
(a) Rebbi Yehudah says 'Sodran al ha'Kos'.
(b) Rebbi Yochanan just said that one recites a Berachah over light both on
Motza'ei Shabbos and on Motza'ei Yom Kipur. So how can he rule like Rebbi
Yehudah that one only recites a Berachah over light on Motza'ei Shabbos?
(c) On Motza'ei Shabbos - one recites a Berachah even on a flame that was
just lit, but not on Motza'ei Yom Kipur, when one may only use a light that
rested on Yom Kipur (i.e. that was either lit before Yom Kipur and burnt the
entire day, or that was lit be'Heter - for a woman who gave birth or for a
very sick person.
(a) Miriam's well was round so that it could roll with Klal Yisrael as they
traveled in the desert.
(b) The K'sav - is the shape of the letters; the Mechatev - the pen with
which they were written.
(c) Eliyahu ha'Navi stayed in the same cave as Moshe Rabeinu - for forty
1. "Ein Kol Chadash Tachas ha'Shemesh" - which the creation of a mule (a new
species formed form a combination of two existing ones) would appear to be.
Consequently, Hashem formed the first mule from the earth, to prevent a new
2. The Shamir was a type of worm, which, when held above any object on which
one had drawn a mark, would cut into the object following the shape of the
mark - without detracting from the its volume (i.e. it did not create any
(a) Wordly fire was created on Motza'ei Shabbos; the fire of Gehinom, on
Erev Shabbos at dusk.
(b) We learn ...
1. ... from "Hashem Kanani Reishis Darko" - that Torah preceded the world;
(c) The remaining two things that were created before the world are the Beis
Hamikdash and the name of Mashi'ach.
2. ... from "be'Terem Harim Yaladu ... Tashev Enosh Ad Daka ... " - that
Teshuvah preceded the world, and from
3. ... from "Vayita Hashem Elokim Gan be'Eden Mikedem" - that Gan Eden
preceded the world.
(d) The area of Gehinom was created before the world was, but the fire, on
Erev Shabbos at dusk.
(a) The Torah omits the words 'Ki Tov' on the second day of the creation -
because the fire of Gehinom was created then (to make up for the deficiency
however, the Torah writes on the sixth day "va'Yar Hashem es Kol Asher Asah,
ve'Hinei Tov Me'od" - presumably because, whereas Gehinam as such, is a
terrible thing, when seen as part of the entire creation, it plays a major
role in shaping the world).
(b) In fact, the Gemara concludes, the fire of Gehinom was created on the
second day (the day of division of the water - the core of Machlokes). On
Friday, Hashem *decided* to create worldly fire, although it was only
created on Motza'ei Shabbos (when it was needed).
(c) We learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Ve'yatz'u ve'Ra'u be'Figrei
ha'Anashim ... Ki Tola'tam Lo Tamus, ve'Isham Lo Sichbeh" - that the fire of
Gehinom will never be extinguished.
(d) It was Adam who invented the first fire. He was worried about the
darkness (which descended - due his sin - but only on Motza'ei Shabbos);
until Hashem put the understand into his head to take two stones and rub
them together, producing a fire.
(a) After inventing the first fire, Adam brought a horse and a donkey and
bred them - to create the first mule.
(b) Ana was both the son and the brother of Tziv'on. How is that possible?
Because Tziv'on, the son of Se'ir ha'Chori. However, he had relations with
his mother, and it was from that relationship, that Ana was born. It is
significant, the Dorshei Chamuros say, that Ana, himself a Mamzer, brought
Mamzeirim (mules) into the world.
(c) The Gemara learns from the Pasuk in Vayishlach "Hu Anah" that the two
Anah's mentioned are one and the same - because "Hu Ana" implies that this
is the same Ana as the one mentioned before.
(a) Some Tana'im in the latter Beraisa, add to this list (besides Adam's
garment) - Aharon's stick (including its almonds and flowers) and the demons
(which will be discussed in great length in the final chapter of this
(b) Adam's hunting garment had on it the picture of every animal and wild
beast. Whenever he wore it whilst hunting, it would attract all the animals,
which he was then able to catch. It was later handed to Nimrod, and then to
(a) Nobody knows when they will die, when they will be consoled from their
troubles, how far the Divine Justice will go what the next person is
thinking, or from which trade or profession he will earn his Parnasah. Nor
do they know when Malchus Beis David will return, when Malchus Edom (and
Malchus Yishmael) will become extinct.
(b) It is essential for ...
1. ... a corpse to become putrid soon after death - because otherwise, his
relatives would hide the deceased somewhere in the house, so as to be able
to see him constantly, and keep him in their memories (and not bury him as
they are supposed to).
(c) Others add that it is essential for a coin to be spent - because
otherwise, people would horde their money, leaving a shortage in the world,
wrecking the economy.
2. ... a deceased relative to become forgotten - because otherwise, they
would never be consoled over those who are dear to them, and remain
miserable until their death.
3. ... produce to go bad - because otherwise, the wealthy would horde it,
(a) Talmidei-Chachamim refrain from work even in a town where the Minhag is
(b) Raban Shimon ben Gamliel adds - that everyone should make himself a
Talmid-Chacham in this regard.
(c) 'Ein Ta'anis Tzibur be'Bavel Ela Tish'ah be'Av Bilevad' - means that the
Chumros of Tish'ah be'Av (to stop eating already at nightfall and to refrain
from working etc.) do not apply with regard to other fast-days that the
Beis-Din may institute. This is because it is only the fasts that are
instituted when there is no rain that have the stringency of Tish'ah be'Av,
and that is a fast that is never necessary in Bavel, because Bavel does not
(a) When the Mishnah writes (regarding a Ta'anis Tzibur) 'Ochlin ve'Shosin
mi'be'Od Yom' - it comes to preclude nightfall, but not Bein Hashemashos
(which is permitted).
(b) We thought that when Shmuel said 'Ein Ta'anis Tzibur be'Bavel Ela
Tish'ah be'Av Bilevad' - he was referring to the prohibition of eating
already at Bein Hashemashos, which clashed with his second statement
'Tish'ah be'Av Bein Hashemashos Shelo Mutar'. To make matters worse, we then
thought that 'Ochlin ve'Shosin mi'be'Od Yom' (but not Bein Hashemashos)
corroborates his first statement, creating a difficulty with his second
statement. But now that we explain 'Ochlin ve'Shosin mi'be'Od Yom' to
preclude night-time and not Bein Hashemashos, we have resolved all our
problems, and when he said 'Ein Ta'anis Tzibur be'Bavel Ela Tish'ah be'Av
Bilevad', he was not referring to Bein Hashemashos, but to the other Chumros
of Tish'ah be'Av.
(c) 'Ein Bein Tish'ah be'Av le'Yom ha'Kipurim Ela she'Zeh Sefeiko Asur'
ve'Zeh Sefeiko Mutar' - need not be referring to Bein Hashemashos (which
could well be Asur by Tish'ah be'Av, too), but to the Sefeika de'Yoma (i.e.
when they were not certain in Bavel which day Rosh Hashanah had been
proclaimed, they were obligated to fast two days on Yom Kipur, but not on
(a) When Rebbi Yochanan (who is strict by Bein Hashemashos of Tish'ah be'Av)
says 'Tish'ah be'Av Einah ke'Ta'anis Tzibur' - he means with regard to
Melachah (which he permits).
(b) Rebbi Yochanan however, cannot have been referring to Melachah - because
we know that already from our Mishnah, which explicitly writes that Melachah
is a matter of Minhag, and not absolutely Asur (like it is on a Ta'anis
(c) When Rebbi Yochanan rules leniently with regard to Tefilas Ne'ilah, he
means that it is not obligatory to Daven Ne'ilah on Tish'ah be'Av; whereas
when he rules 'U'levai she'Yispalel Adam Kol ha'Yom Kulo' - he is referring
to voluntary Tefilos, so there is no clash between the two statements.
(d) When we explain Rebbi Yochanan's statement 'Tish'ah be'Av Einah
ke'Ta'anis Tzibur' with reference to twenty-four - we mean that it is not
necessary to insert the six Berachos that one adds to the Amidah on a
Ta'anis Tzibur, on Tish'ah be'Av.
(a) Rav Papa explains 'Tish'ah be'Av Einah ke'Ta'anis Tzibur' - to mean that
Tish'ah be'Av does not have the Din of the first Ta'aniyos (of a Ta'anis
Tzibur), when eating during Bein Hashemashos is permitted, but like the
latter fasts, when it is forbidden. This corroborates our initial
understanding (that 'Einah ke'Ta'anis Tzibur' refers to Bein Hashemashos),
only not Lekulah, but Lechumra.
(b) According to Rav Papa, Rebbi Yochanan will explain the Beraisa 'Ein Bein
Tish'ah be'Av le'Yom ha'Kipurim Ela she'Zeh Sefeiko Asur' ve'Zeh Sefeiko
Mutar' - to refer to Sefeika de'Yoma, as we explained in 9c.
(c) We can deduce from the Beraisa 'Ein Bein Tish'ah be'Av le'Yom ha'Kipurim
Ela she'Zeh Sefeiko Asur' ve'Zeh Sefeiko Mutar' - that, with regard to
everything else,Tish'ah be'Av has the same Din as Yom Kipur. That bears out
Rebbi Elazar's ruling, which forbids even placing one's finger in cold
water on Tish'ah be'Av.
(a) It would appear from the Beraisa 'Ein Bein Tish'ah be'Av le'Ta'nis
Tzibur Ela she'Zeh Asur ba'Asi'as Melachah ... ', that, in all other
regards, Tish'ah be'Av shares the same Din as a Ta'anis Tzibur, and we have
learnt by a Ta'anis Tzibur 'Tanya, ke'she'Amru Asur bi'Rechitzah, Lo Amru
Ela Kol Gufo, Aval Panav, Yadav ve'Raglav, Lo' - so how can Rebbi Elazar
forbid even placing one's hands in water on Tish'ah be'Av?
(b) The entire Beraisa in question is only concerned with telling us how the
one case is not more lenient that the other. Consequently, when the Tana
said 'Ein Bein Tish'ah be'Av le'Ta'nis Tzibur Ela she'Zeh Asur ba'Asi'as
Melachah ... ', it meant to tell us that Melachah is the only *leniency*
that Tish'ah be'Av has over a Ta'anis Tzibur; it is however, possible, that
it does have Chumros. Consequently, even though washing face, hands and feet
is permitted on a Ta'anis Tzibur, it does not follow that it is also
permitted on Tish'ah be'Av.