REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sanhedrin 101
SANHEDRIN 101-103 (18 Teves) - dedicated by Mrs. Estanne Abraham Fawer to
honor the third Yahrzeit of her father, Reb Mordechai ben Eliezer Zvi
(Weiner). May the merit of supporting and advancing Talmud study serve as an
Iluy for his Neshamah
(a) What does the Beraisa say about someone who reads a Pasuk of Shir
Hashirim as a song (in any tune other than its special notes) or who reads a
Pasuk out of turn during festivities in order to jest with it?
(b) When this happens, the Torah puts on sack-cloth (so to speak).
complaint does it present before Hashem?
(c) What did the Torah reply when Hashem asked it what Yisrael should then
do whilst they are eating, assuming they are ...
(d) And what does Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar in the name of Rebbi Yehoshua ben
Chananyah say about someone who reads the right Pasuk at the right time?
Which Pasuk in Mishlei does he quote?
- ... Ba'alei Mikra?
- ... Ba'alei Mishnah?
- ... Ba'alei Gemara?
(a) Rebbi Akiva in our Mishnah includes 'Lochesh al ha'Makah' among the
things for which one loses one's portion in Olam ha'Ba.
How does Rebbi
Yochanan qualify this? Why is it then forbidden?
(b) What is then the Chidush of 'Afilu ...
(c) The Beraisa permits the anointing of oil on one's stomach and rubbing it
in on Shabbos.
- ... "Nega Tzara'as" ' (Rav)?
- ... "Vayikra el Mosheh" (Rebbi Chanina)"
Why is this not considered healing, which is forbidden on
(d) What does the Tana say about reciting an incantation to gather snakes
and scorpions to one spot on Shabbos, to prevent them from causing damage?
What is the Chidush?
(a) The Tana also permits passing a vessel over the eye on Shabbos (to cool
it down or to encircle it with a ring when it hurts).
How does Raban
Shimon ben Gamliel qualify this? What sort of vessel is permitted?
(b) He forbids however, consulting the demons to help him find his lost
Why is that?
(c) Rebbi Yossi, like whom Rav Huna rules, forbids it even on a weekday.
Why is that?
(d) To illustrate what Rebbi Yossi means, we cite an incident that took
place with Rav Yitzchak bar Yosef.
What happened to him when he consulted
(a) Under what condition does the Tana permit anointing and rubbing in oil
(b) Rebbi Chama b'Rebbi Chanina requires that one first anoints and then
rubs (the reverse order of how one would do it during the week).
Rebbi Yochanan say?
(c) Who are the 'Sarei Shemen" and the 'Sarei Beitzim'?
(d) If it is permitted to consult them, why did they stop doing so?
(a) One is permitted to rub in oil from the hand but not from a vessel.
Why is that?
(b) What happened to Rav Shmuel bar Yitzchak bar Marsa, when he once took
some oil from a jar that they gave him in an inn and anointed his face with
(c) What happened in the market-place?
(d) Rebbi Aba asked Rabah why, after stating "Kol ha'Machalah Asher Samti
be'Mitzrayim Lo Asim Alecha", the Pasuk in Beshalach needs to conclude "Ki
Ani Hashem Rof'echa".
What reply did he give, quoting Rebbi Yochanan?
(a) When Rebbi Eliezer's Talmidim visited him, Rabah bar bar Chanah informs
us, he told them that there was burning anger in the world.
What did he
mean? With whom was Hashem angry?
(b) Why did ...
(c) What did Rebbi Akiva reply when Rebbi Eliezer then asked him what sin he
had performed, that required Kaparah?
- ... the other Talmidim begin to weep?
- ... Rebbi Akiva begin to laugh?
(d) Which four Talmidim went to visit Rebbi Eliezer in another incident
related by the Beraisa?
(a) The first three Talmidim all gave Rebbi Eliezer precedence over the most
important things in the world; Rebbi Tarfon over rain, Rebbi Yehoshua over
the planet sun, and Rebbi Elazar ben Azaryah over a father and mother.
What was their common message? What gave Rebbi Eliezer precedence over all
(b) Rebbi Eliezer seemed to have been more intrigued by the two words of
What did Rebbi Akiva say?
(c) In fact, he derived this from King Menasheh, son of Chizkiyahu Hamelech.
What do we know about the age that Menasheh, a wicked king (as we learned in
our Mishnah) ascended the throne, and how long he ruled?
(a) Who wrote 'Mishlei'?
Answers to questions
(b) If Chizkiyah went to such lengths to teach everybody else Torah (see
Maharsha), how come that his son was such a Rasha? Does this mean that he
excluded him from his efforts to spread Torah?
(c) Menasheh remained cold to both his father's teachings and Hashem's words
What was it that brought him back?
(d) What sort of Yisurin did Menasheh suffer?
(a) The Beraisa states 'Sheloshah Ba'u ba'Alilah'.
Who were the other two
(b) What does 'Sheloshah Ba'u ba'Alilah' mean?
(c) And wWhat did Kayin mean when he said "Gadol Avoni mi'Neso"?
(d) What argument does the Tana ascribe to ...
- ... Eisav?
- ... Menasheh"?
(a) Aba Shaul in our Mishnah includes someone who pronounces the Name of
Hashem in the list of those who their portion in Olam ha'Ba.
Which Name is
the Tana referring to?
(b) What does the Beraisa mean when it says 'u'vi'Gevulin'?
(c) And what does the Tana mean when he adds 'u've'Lashon Agah'? What does
(d) Will this punishment apply to someone who pronounces the Name of Hashem
- ... distinctly, outside the Beis-Hamikdash?
- ... in broken Lashon ha'Kodesh inside the Beis-Hamkdash?
(a) The Beraisa ascribes three possible meanings to 'Yeravam'.
What is the
meaning of the acronym ...
(b) What is the third acronym contained in 'Yeravam'?
- ... 'she'Riva Am'?
- ... 'she'Asah Merivah ba'Am'?
(c) How does the Tana explain 'ben Nevat'?
(d) Nevat was alias Michah and Sheva ben Bichri.
If his real name was
Sheva ben Bichri, why was he called Michah?
(a) Both Sheva ben Bichri and Achitofel backed Avshalom in his uprising
against his father David. What Siman symbolizing Malchus, did ...
Answers to questions
(b) What was ...
- ... Nevat see that caused him to err?
- ... Achitofel see that caused to err?
(c) What did Sheva ben Bichri (and presumably Achitofel) expect to achieve
by joining Avshalom?
- ... Nevat's mistake? What did the Si'man really signify?
- ... Achitofel's mistake?
(d) Based on the Pasuk "Heimah Mei Merivah ... ", who was the third party to
misinterpret what they saw? How does Rebbi Chama b'Rebbi Chanina interpret
(e) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Melachim (in connection with Yeravam)
"Vayehi be'Davar ha'Zeh le'Chatas Beis Yeravam, *u'le'Hach'chid
u'le'Hashmid* me'Al P'nei ha'Adamah"?