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Shabbos 32


(a) Why are the three sins listed in our Mishnah punishable by death?

(b) Why specifically a woman?

2) Five reasons are given as to why a woman dies specifically at childbirth:
  1. 'When the ox falls, sharpen the knife'.
  2. 'The maidservant is guilty of many sins; let her be punished for them all - with one stroke'.
  3. 'Leave the drunkard - he will fall by himself'.
  4. 'The shepherd is lame, and the goats are fast; but the reckoning will arrive when they get to the pen'.
  5. 'At the door of the shop, there are many relatives and friends, but not at poverty's door'.
What does each of these mean?


(a) What equivalent method does Hashem use to punish a man?

(b) Rav refused to go on a ferry together with a gentile, in case the gentile was due to be punished, and he would go down with him. Shmuel would only go across with a gentile.

(c) What would Rebbi Yanai do before crossing on a ferry, and why did he do that?

(d) What do we learn from the Pasuk (said by Ya'akov) "Katonti mi'Kol ha'Chasadim u'mi'Kol ha'Emes etc."?

4) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Devarim
  1. ... "Ki Yipol ha'Nofel *Mimenu*"?
  2. ... "Ki Yipol *ha'Nofel* Mimenu?
(a) What do we say to a dying man?

(b) To what do we compare a man who ...

  1. ...goes out into the public street?
  2. ... has a headache?
  3. ... becomes seriously ill, and is confined to bed?
(c) What must a man do, and what are then his chances of recovery ...
  1. ... according to the Tana Kama?
  2. ... according to Rebbi Eliezer the son of Rebbi Yossi ha'Gelili?
(a) For which other two sins is a woman likely to die at childbirth, according to others?

(b) An Am-ha'Aretz is also likely to die young for calling the Aron ha'Kodesh 'Arna'.
For which other sin is this liable to happen?

(a) Rebbi Yossi describes the three Mitzvos of a woman as three 'Bidkei Misah', Another Tana, as three Divkei Misah'. Rebbi Yossi holds like Rebbi Elazar, the other Tana, like the Tana of our Mishnah.
What does Rebbi Elazar say, and what does this mean?

(b) What does Rebbi Shimon ben Gamliel mean when he says 'Hilchos Hekdesh, Terumos u'Ma'asros, Hen Hen Gufei Torah, ve'Nimseru le'Amei ha'Aretz'?

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(a) Apart from the intrinsic Isur, why should one avoid making Nidrei Hekdesh at all costs?

(b) Which two things do we learn from the Pasuk in Yirmiyah "*la'Shav* Hikeisi es Beneichem, *Musar Lo Lakachu*"?

(c) How come that in the first Beraisa, Rebbi learns that one's children dying young is a punishment for Nidrei Shav, when, in the second Beraisa, he argues with Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon who learns that way, to explain that it is the punishment for Bitul Torah?

(a) Some Tana'im learn that children die because the parents are lax in the Mitzvah of Mezuzah from the second Parshah of the Shema.
How do others learn from there, that it is also because of the sin of Bitul Torah?

(b) What do yet others say in this regard, based on the Pasuk in Yirmiyah "ve'Gam bi'Chenafayim Nimtze'u Dam Nefashos Evyonim Neki'im"?

(a) How many gentile servants is a Jew who keeps the Mitzvah of Tzitzis meticulously, due to receive, and how do we arrive at that number?

(b) What are the repercussions of

  1. ... Sin'as Chinam?
  2. ... not observing the Mitzvah of Chalah?
  3. ... observing the Mitzvah of Chalah?
(a) What happens to someone who does not observe the Mitzvah of Terumos and Ma'asros?

(b) What reward is due to those who *do* give Terumos and Ma'asros?

(c) What does "Ad Beli Dai" (mentioned in Ma'lachi in this connection) mean?

(a) What are the repercussions of the sin of theft?

(b) What does Rava mean when he cites the women of Mechuza in this regard (two explanations)?

(c) How does the Gemara explain the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Ish Besar Zero'o Yocheilu"?

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