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Shabbos 67


(a) To cure a fever that strikes once every three days, one must take seven small palm branches, seven splinters of wood from seven beams, seven pegs from seven bridges, seven ashes from seven ovens, seven specks of dust from seven holes in which the hinge of the door swivels, seven lumps of tar used to strengthen seven boats, seven grains of cumin and seven hairs from the beards of seven old dogs.
What does one then do with them?

(b) For a very strong fever, one burns a strand of hair in a bush and makes a few cuts in the bush with a metal knife.
Why does he subsequently quote the Pesukim from Sh'mos - written by the burning bush: "Vayera Mal'ach Hashem Elav", "Vayomer Moshe ... Madu'a Lo Yiv'ar ha'Seneh", "Vayar Hashem Ki Sar Lire'os" and "Vayomer Al Tikrav Halom"?

(c) What does he then say about the burning bush and about Chananyah, Mishael and Azaryah?

(a) Our Mishnah permits even those who are not princes to go out with bells.
Why did Rav Oshaya establish the Mishnah like Rebbi Shimon?

(b) What does Rava say about this?

(a) Rebbi Meir permits one go out on Shabbos with a grasshopper's egg, a fox's tooth or a nail from a tree on which someone was hung, on Shabbos - as an antidote to various ailments.
What do the Chachamim say about this?

(b) A grasshopper's egg is against ear-ache, and a fox's tooth, sleep. Is this for someone who sleeps too much or too little?

(c) What is the purpose of the nail?

(a) What do Abaye and Rava say about recognizable cures?

(b) Why does one ...

  1. ... place heavy stones on a tree which sheds its fruit, or ...
  2. ... paint it?
  3. What else did they used to do, to publicize that the tree was shedding its fruit, in order to elicit mercy, and cause people to pray for its well-being?
(c) And why is this not included in 'Darkei ha'Emori'?

(d) About whom does the Torah write (in Vayikra) "ve'Tamei Tamei Yikra", and why?

5) All the spells in 'Perek Amorai' are considered Darkei ha'Emori, except for two cases. One of them is the one that is said for someone who has a bone stuck in his throat.
What is the other one?

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(a) The following are Asur because of Darkei ha'Emori.
What do they mean?
  1. 'Gad Gedi ve'Sanuk Lo Ashchi u'Bushchi'?
  2. 'Dunu Dani'?
(b) What does Rebbi Yehudah say about these two cases?

(c) 'Hu bi'Shemah, ve'Hi bi'Shemo' is also Asur because of Darkei ha'Emori. What does this mean?

(d) And what do the following cases of Darkei ha'Emori mean:

  1. 'ha'Omer Shachatu Tarnegol Zeh she'Kara Arvis (according to Rashi's opinion), ve'Tarnegol she'Kara Gavris'?
  2. 'Eshteh ve'Osir, Eshteh ve'Osir'.
(a) What do the following have in common:
  1. A woman who dances in front of Kutach (a condiment made of bread);
  2. a woman who silences everyone whilst her lentils are cooking;
  3. a woman who makes a noise in front of her beans cooking in the pot;
  4. a woman who urinates in front of her pot cooking on the stove -
(all in order to improve the quality of the dish)?

(b) And what do the following have in common: placing a splinter of strawberry- wood, and placing a piece of glass - in one's pot, in order to hasten the cooking?

(c) Why do the Chachamim forbid the glass?

(d) Why is placing a fistful of salt inside a burning lamp, or a piece of clay or earthenware underneath a burning lamp, not considered Darkei ha'Emori?

(a) Why should one not cover an oil-lamp, or leave a paraffin lamp uncovered?

(b) What did Rebbi Akiva say with each glass of wine that he drank at his son's wedding?

Hadran Alach, 'Bameh Ishah'!

Perek K'lal Gadol


(a) 'ha'Shochei'ach Ikar Shabbos, ve'Asah Melachos Harbeh, Eino Chayav Ela Chatas Achas'.
What does 'ha'Shochei'ach Ikar Shabbos' mean?

(b) What is the reason for this Din?

(c) The man in the second case in our Mishnah (ha'Yodei'a Shabbos), knows about Shabbos, and is Chayav to bring one Chatas for each and every Shabbos that he transgresses.
What did he forget - which makes him Chayav a Chatas?

(d) Seeing as he did not recall Shabbos between one Shabbos and the next, why should he be Chayav for each Shabbos?

(a) In which case is one Chayav Chatas for each Av Melachah?

(b) Why is he not also Chayav for each Shabbos that he transgressed each Av, like he was in the previous case?

(c) Does it make any difference whether he transgressed Av Melachos or Toldos?

(d) How many Chata'os would he be Chayav to bring for transgressing one Av together with three of its Toldos, on three consecutive Shabbasos?

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