ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sanhedrin 24
(a) Ravin explains our Mishnah differently than Rav Dimi. According to him,
the Reisha speaks about Pasul witnesses and Kasher judges, meaning - that
the defendant declares both to be Pasul, and his claim regarding the former
is vindicated. Consequently, we believe him also with regard to the latter
with a 'Migu'.
(b) He then establishes the Seifa - in the same way, only there, it is
regarding to the latter that his claim is vindicated, so we believe him with
regard to the former.
(c) The problem with the Seifa is - how we can accept the defendant's claim
(even with a 'Migu') seeing as he is prejudiced (bearing in mind that, once
the witnesses are disqualified, the claimant's claim falls away).
(d) This is not a problem in the Reisha, where we believe him to disqualify
the judge - since there is no shortage of people who will qualify to replace
(a) Ravin circumvents the problem in the Seifa - by adding a second pair of
witnesses (much in the same way as Rav Dimi did).
(b) If there was no second pair of witnesses, then the defendant would not
be believed, which in effect, is what Rav Dimi holds too. Nevertheless -
Ravin and Rav Dimi argue over - whether we apply 'Migu' in such a case
(Ravin) or not (Rav Dimi).
(a) Ula described Resh Lakish in the Beis-Hamedrash as - 'Oker Harim
ve'Tochnan Zeh ba'Zeh'.
(b) This prompts Ido to ask - how Resh Lakish could refer to Rebbi Meir as
'Peh Kadosh' (which is a rather modest manner of speech for someone so
(c) Ravina however, was surprised at the Kashya. Describing Rebbi Meir as -
'Oker Harei Harim ve'Tochnan Zeh ba'Zeh', he considers it hardly surprising
that Resh Lakish should speak about him with respect.
(d) What Ido must really have meant to say was - to comment at the extent of
the love of the B'nei Eretz Yisrael for one another, when we see how Resh
Lakish (for all his toughness) went out of his way to reconcile Rebbi Meir
(and the humble way in which he did it).
(a) We find a similar display of Midos with Rebbi, who himself - forbade
'Hatmanah' of something cold on Shabbos, to prevent it from becoming warm.
(b) When Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi quoted his father who permitted it -
he reacted with the words 'K'var Horeh Zakein!'
(c) Rav Papa comments on Rebbi's words - that they demonstrate the love the
Talmidei-Chachamim (of Eretz Yisrael, see Megilah 28b) had for one another,
bearing in mind that, had Rebbi Yossi been alive in the time of Rebbi, he
would have sat in submission in front of Rebbi.
(d) He learns that - from his son, Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi, who was his
father's equal, yet he sat subdued before Rebbi (see Tosfos ha'Rosh).
(a) Zecharyah took two sticks. The one that he called ...
1. ... 'No'am' - represented the Talmidei-Chachamim of Eretz Yisrael, who
would argue over maters of Halachah in a sweet manner.
(b) He referred to the former as 'B'nei ha'Yitzhari' - because they were
pleasant like oil, and the latter as 'Zayis' - because they were bitter like
2. ... 'Chovlim' - represented the Talmidei-Chachamim of Bavel, who would
(c) He also saw two women with wings like storks. Rebbi Yochanan in the name
of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai defines ...
1. ... the storks ('Chasidah' [i.e. making themselves out to be pious]) - as
(d) These women were going to - Bavel.
2. ... the fact that the 'Eifah' (the Yeitzer-ha'Ra) lifted them up as -
(a) We reconcile this with Mar, who said that nine-tenths of the Midah of
haughtiness went to Eilam - by pointing out that although they were going to
Bavel, one of them at least, did not remain in Bavel (but made its way to
(b) And we prove this from Zecharyah himself, who said "Li'venos Lah (in the
singular) Bayis be'Eretz Shin'ar (which is Bavel)" - implying that only one
of the two women remained there.
(c) Even though Mar said that poverty is a sign of haughtiness, and it was
in Bavel that they were poverty-stricken, not in Eilam - the poverty that he
was referring to was poverty in Torah.
(d) And we prove this from Rebbi Yochanan's interpretation of the Pasuk
"Achos Lanu Ketanah, ve'Shadayim Ein Lah" - referring to Eilam, which
merited to learn (in the form of Daniel, who studied Torah, but, unlike Ezra
in Bavel, he did not teach it, with the result that the following generation
was poor in Torah).
(a) In our Mishnah, in a case where one litigant says to the ...
1. ... other 'Ne'eman Alai Aba, Ne'eman Alai Avicha, Ne'emanim Alai
Sheloshah Ro'ei Bakar' - Rebbi Meir permits him to retract, the Chachamim
don't, and they argue the same Machlokes in a case where ...
(b) When Rav Dimi B'rei de'Rav Nachman comments on the Reisha of our Mishnah
'K'gon de'Kiblei Alei be'Chad', he means - that he accepts him as one of the
judges of Beis-Din.
2. ... the litigant who is Chayav a Shevu'ah to him, declares 'Swear to me
by the life of your head' (instead of making a real Shevu'ah).
(c) Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel establishes our Mishnah when the claimant says
'Machul Lach'. In a case where the defendant says 'Eten Lach', both Tana'im
will agree - that he may retract, because it is only by 'Machul Lach', where
the defendant immediately acquired what he already had that the Chachamim
forbid the claimant to retract (but not by 'Eten Lach', where the defendant
is merely retracting from an obligation to pay).
(a) Rebbi Yochanan says - that they argue by 'Eten Lach'.
(b) The two possible connotations of Rebbi Yochanan's words are - either
that they argue specifically by 'Eten Lach', but by 'Machul Lach' even Rebbi
Meir will concede that he cannot retract, or that they argue *even* by 'Eten
Lach', and certainly by 'Machul Lach'.
(c) Rava states Rebbi Meir and the Rabbanan argue by 'Eten Lach', but by
'Machul Lach', they agree that he cannot retract. Assuming that he is
referring to the above Machlokes, this proves - the first side of our
She'eilah. Otherwise, Rava would hold neither like Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel
nor like Rebbi Yochanan.
(d) We refute that proof however - on the grounds that Rava might well be
stating his own (third) opinion. (and referring to the above Machlokes at
(a) In the case in the Seifa 'Dur Li be'Chayei Roshcha ... ', it must be -
the claimant who is speaking, because it is always the defendant who swears.
(b) Rav Huna bar Tachlifa - proves from there that even by 'Machul Lach' the
Tana'im argue, posing a Kashya on Rava.
(c) Rava replied - that the Tana is speaking about one of the cases where
the claimant swears and takes (such as an employee who claims that he has
not yet been paid or someone who claims from a thief), which is a case of
(d) Bearing in mind the Reisha, the problem with establishing the Seifa in
this way is - why Rebbi Meir and the Chachamim then need to teach us their
Machlokes with regard to 'Eten Lach' twice.
(a) We reconcile the two Mishnah's by establishing ...
1. ... the one by 'Toleh be'Da'as Acherim' - i.e. a third party ('my father'
or 'your father').
(b) Having presented the Machlokes by
2. ... and the other by 'Toleh be'Da'as Atzmo' - the other litigant ('Dur Li
1. ... 'Toleh be'Da'as Acherim', the Tana nevertheless need to repeat it by
'Toleh be'Da'as Atzmo' - to teach us that (not only by 'Toleh be'Da'as
Acherim', where he cannot be sure that they will rule in his favor, does
Rebbi Meir permit him to retract, but) even by 'Toleh be'Da'as Atzmo' (where
he knew at the outset that he would accept his offer and swear), he will
(c) Rebbi Elazar confines the Machlokes to before the G'mar-Din (Beis-Din's
final ruling). But after it, he holds - everyone forbids him to retract.
2. ... 'Toleh be'Da'as Atzmo', the Tana needs to repeat it by 'Toleh
be'Da'as Acherim' - to teach us that (using reverse logic) the Rabbanan will
not even permit the defendant to retract by 'Toleh be'Da'as Acherim' (even
though at the outset, he could not have been certain that 'Aba' or 'Avicha'
would rule in his favor).
(d) Rebbi Yochanan says 'le'Achar G'mar-Din Machlokes', which either means -
that before the G'mar-Din, even the Rabbanan will agree that he can retract,
or that they *even* argue after the G'mar-Din, and certainly, before it.
(a) Rava permits a defendant who undertook to accept the ruling of a Karov
or Pasul to retract before the G'mar-Din, but not afterwards. We prove from
there - that Rebbi Yochanan concedes that he may retract before the
G'mar-Din, because otherwise, Rava would hold neither like Rebbi Elazar nor
like Rebbi Yochanan.
(b) We do not answer that Rava holds like Rebbi Meir according to Resh
Lakish - because he would not rule like Rebbi Meir against the Rabbanan.
(c) Rav Nachman bar Rav Chisda (or Rav Yitzchak) sent Rav Nachman bar
Ya'akov a dual She'eilah. He asked him whether Rebbi Meir and the Chachamim
argue before the G'mar-Din or after it - and like whom the Halachah is.
(d) Rav Nachman bar Ya'akov send him back - 'le'Achar G'mar-Din Machlokes,
ve'Halachah ke'Divrei Chachamim'.
(a) According to Rav Ashi, the She'eilah the one Rav Nachman sent the other
was whether they argue (in the Reisha) about 'Eten Lach' or 'Machul Lach'
and what is the Halachah. And he replied - 'be'Eten Lach Machlokes
ve'Halachah ke'Chachamim (that he cannot retract)', but by 'Machul Lach',
even Rebbi will agree that he cannot retract (like Rava).
(b) The above is the Suri'an version of the She'eilah. In Pumbedisa however,
Rebbi Chanina bar Shalmaya cited Bei Rav who sent to Shmuel the She'eilah
what the Din would be before the G'mar-Din, but in the event that they made
a Kinyan. To which Shmuel replied - 'Ein Achar Kinyan K'lum!'
(a) Three of the four kinds of people whom our Mishnah disqualifies from
testifying in Beis-Din are 'ha'Mesachek be'Kuvya, ha'Malvei be'Ribis,
u'Mafrichei Yonim'. 'Mesachek be'Kuvya' is - playing with a dice (a cube
(b) The fourth item on the list - is 'Sochrei Shevi'is' (people who do
business with Sh'mitah-produce). The Tana disqualifies them from
testifying - on the grounds that they are all guilty of stealing in one form
or another, and the Pasuk writes in Mishpatim "Al Tashes Yadcha im Rasha"
(meaning anyone who is guilty of dishonesty in money matters). Note, that
this reason is one of two that appear in the Sugya.
(c) They are also disqualified from - judging (from a 'Kal va'Chomer' from
(d) According to Rebbi Shimon, before the Anasin came along, they called the
'Sochrei Shevi'is' - 'Osfei Shevi'is (and this will be explained later in
(e) Rebbi Yehudah has a more lenient view with regard to the Tana Kama's
list. He qualifies it - by confining it to cases of people who have no other
trade or profession other than those listed.
(a) According to Rami bar Chama, a gambler is Pasul because 'Asmachta Lo
Kanya' - which means that since one only plays in order to win, with the
result that the loser pays reluctantly, the winner is guilty of Geneivah if
he accepts the money.
(b) Rav Sheishes disagrees with Rami bar Chama, because he does not consider
'Asmachta' anything that a person realizes is out of his hands. In his
opinion, 'Asmachta' constitutes there where someone exaggerates, such as a
Mekabel Sadeh, who promises to pay a fine should he not work the field, or
for a debtor who has paid half his debt to ask a third person to return the
Sh'tar to the creditor, should he fail to pay the balance by a certain date
(both of whom expects to fulfill what they undertook).
(c) The reason he therefore gives for the P'sul of 'Mesachek be'Kuvya' is -
because the person concerned does not indulge in a regular occupation.
(d) The ramifications of their Machlokes therefore are manifest - in a case
where he has another occupation besides gambling (in which case he will be
Pasul according to Rami bar Chama, but Kasher, according to Rav Sheishes).
(a) We prove Rav Sheishes right from - Rebbi Yehudah, who specifically says
(b) This poses a Kashya on Rami bar Chama - who clashes with Rebbi Yehudah.
(c) Initially, we refute the suggestion that Rami bar Chama holds like the
Chachamim, who argue with Rebbi Yehudah, because of a statement by Rebbi
Yehoshua ben Levi, who says that whenever Rebbi Yehudah says 'Eimasai' and
'Bameh Devarim Amurim' - he comes to explain the Tana Kama, and not to argue
with him ...
(d) ... and even Rebbi Yochanan, who disagrees with Rebbi Yehoshua ben
Levi's opinion regarding 'Bameh Devarim Amurim' (which he maintains, comes
to argue), agrees with him regarding 'Eimasai'.
(e) We reconcile Rami bar Chama with our Mishnah - by creating a Machlokes
between him and Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi. According to him - the 'Eimosai' of
Rebbi Yehudah comes to argue, and he holds like the Chachamim.