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Shabbos 110


(a) What should one do with someone who is held in the grip of a python?

(b) Someone who is being chased by a snake, should be carried four Amos by his friend, or he should jump over a ditch containing water, or cross over a river.

(c) What should he do to ensure his safety at night-time?

(d) An alternative solution is to run in the sand. Why?

(a) How does a woman discover whether a snake in her vicinity has a desire for her or not?

(b) Assuming that it does, how would she foil its plans (two possibilities)?

(c) What does one initially do with a woman, if a snake entered her womb?
What does one do with the juicy meat, the bowl of cress, and the spiced wine?

(d) How does one catch the snake when it emerges?

(a) 'All foods are permitted on Shabbos', mentioned in our Mishnah comes to include the spleen which is good for the teeth, and oats (according to the Rosh it is leek), which is good for the stomach.
What is the Chidush?

(b) The Mishnah also states 'All drinks are permitted'. What does this come to include?

(c) May one take urine as a cure on Shabbos?

(a) Our Mishnah prohibits drinking Mei Dekalim on Shabbos. What is Mei Dekalim? Why is it called by that name?

(b) What purpose does it serve, and what difference does it make how many cups one drinks?

(c) It is also known as Mei Dekarim. Why?

(d) What did Ula have to say about Babylonian beer? When would Babylonian beer not achieve the desired results?

(a) According to Rav Yosef, Mei Dekarim is Zeisum ha'Mitzri, which comprised a third barley, a third saffron and a third salt. Rav Papa substituted barley for wheat. How would 'Sisni' remind us who said what?

(b) At which time of year was Zeisum ha'Mitzri effective, and what exactly was its (double) function?

(c) Our Mishnah also prohibits drinking Kos Ikrin on Shabbos. This consisted of Alexandrian sap, a Zuz (weight) of alum and a Zuz of garden saffron, all ground together. What was the difference between a Zavah, who would drink three cups of this potion with wine, and the jaundice patient, who would drink just two cups of beer?

(d) Alternative cures for the former include: a container with three Lugin of large onions boiled in wine; sitting by the crossroads and holding a cup of wine in her hand, while someone comes up from behind her and gives her a shock; a fistful of cumin, a fistful of saffron and a fistful of fenugreek plant boiled in wine and drunk and taking sixty barrel-lids soaking them in water. What do all of these (as well as many of the other cures for Zivus that follow) have in common - i.e. what must one say in all the cases?

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(a) Another cure for Zivus is to burn some Charnuga (a herb) that grew beside a Rumis bush, and to carry the ashes 'be'Shachki de'Kisna be'Kaita, u've'Shachki de'Amar Gufna be'Sisva'.
What does this mean?

(b) In yet another cure, they would burn branches of young vines.
What would they do next?

(c) What would they do with the flour in yet another cure?

(a) What do the following mean:
  1. 'Liftach lah Chavita de'Chamra li'Shemah'?
  2. 'Linkot Sa'ara de'Mishtakcha be'Fuma de'Kudna Chivra'?
(b) What difference will it make whether she held the barley for one day, two day or three days?
(a) An alternative cure for jaundice involved 'Reisha de'Shivuta de'Milcha'.
What does this mean? How did one then take it?

(b) Alternatively, one could take the locust- juice or that of Nekiri (a small bird).
What did one then do with it?

(c) What if no bath was available?

(d) How does one keep a person with jaundice warm?

(a) For another cure, one requires three vessels containing nine Lugin of Persian dates and three of bees-wax that overflowed from the honey-comb, and three of red Ohala.
What does one then do with them?

(b) One can also take...

  1. ... a young donkey and shave the middle of its head;
  2. ... the pickled head of a ram;
  3. ... a spotted pig;
  4. ... a leek from the middle of the row - where they were sharper tasting.
What does one then do in each case? What should one be careful not to allow to happen - in the first case?

(c) What happened to the Arab's coat after he gave it to the gardener for a row of leek?

(a) 'For jaundice, one takes two cups (of Kos Ikrin), but it causes sterility'.
How does the Gemara initially answer the Kashya from a Beraisa, based on the Pasuk in Vayikra "u've'Artzechem Lo Sa'asu", which forbids the sterilization of people or animals?

(b) The Gemara attempts to prove this from Rebbi Yochanan, who permits the removal of a rooster's comb, despite the fact that this causes the rooster to become sterile.
How does the Gemara reject this proof?

(c) What is wrong with establishing our Mishnah ...

  1. ... by a man who is a Saris and cannot have children, anyway?
  2. ... by a man who is anyway too old to have children?
(d) How does the Gemara finally establish our Mishnah, according to ...
  1. ... the Rabbanan (who hold that a woman is Peturah from P'ru u'Revu)?
  2. ... Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah (who holds that she is Chayeves)?
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