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Shabbos 129


(a) Rav Ashi quotes Shmuel as saying, that as long as the womb remains open, even if the Chayah did *not* express a particular need, one breaks Shabbos on her behalf. Once the womb has closed, even if she *did*, one does *not*. How does mar Zutra quote Shmuel ...
  1. ... when the Chayah's womb is still open?
  2. ... once the womb has already closed?
(b) According to Mar Zutra, why should one be permitted to break Shabbos for her, even if she says that she does not need?

(c) Why do we rule like Mar Zutra against Rav Ashi?

(a) According to Abaye, the Pesichas ha'Kever begins as soon as she sits on the birth-stool.
What are the other two opinions?

(b) The Neherda'i give three time-periods for Pesichas ha'Kever: three days, seven days and thirty days.
What is the significance of each one?

(c) What does Shmuel mean when he says 'le'Chayah Sheloshim Yom'?

(d) Under which circumstances will this not apply?

(a) Is one permitted to light a fire for a sick person or for someone who let blood - in the height of summer?

(b) Rabah broke up a bench for firewood after he had let blood.
How did he justify the Isur of Bal Tashchis?

(c) If a person should even sell the beams of his house to buy shoes, then for what reason would he be permitted to sell his shoes?

(d) Rav explains the meal here to refer to meat; Shmuel, to mean wine. What are their respective reasons?

(a) Shmuel was accustomed to having a spleen-dish on the day that he let blood; other Amora'im used to drink a lot of wine.
What lie did Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak permit his Talmidim to tell their wives on the day they let blood?

(b) What advice does the Gemara give to someone who wants to let blood, but has no wine?

(c) And what should he do if he has no bad coin?

(a) What prompted Avalat to ask Shmuel 'Since when are bad things good'?
What did he mean by that?

(b) What did Shmuel answer him? Was his answer sincere?

(a) How will Hashem respond to someone who is not careful to eat the special blood-letting meal?

(b) Why should one be careful not to sit in a windy place during the blood-letting operation?

(c) We can learn from Shmuel just how sensitive the body is to wind after blood-letting.
What happened to Shmuel?

(d) What happens to someone who leaves the house after blood-letting without eating, should he come across ...

  1. ... a corpse?
  2. ... a murderer?
  3. ... a pig?
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(a) What did Rav and Shmuel mean when they said, with reference to blood-letting, 'Lishhi Purta ve'Hadar Leikum'?

(b) This advice also applies to getting up immediately after eating and drinking.
To which other two things does it apply?

(c) How often does the Gemara advise blood-letting to be performed?

(d) At which two stages of one's life should one cut down on this quota?

8) The correct days for blood-letting are Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
(a) Why not on Monday and Thursday?

(b) Why not on Tuesday?

(c) Then why is it acceptable to let blood on Friday, when Mazal Ma'adim also rules during an even hour (i.e. the sixth)?

(d) Why did the custom to let blood on Friday become so widespread?

(a) What does Shmuel mean when he says that four which is four, or fourteen or twenty-four, is dangerous?

(b) When is it dangerous to let blood on a Wednesday, even when it does *not* fall on any of the above?

(c) What is the difference between letting blood on ...

  1. ... the first or second of the month on the one hand, and the third on the other?
  2. ... every other Erev Yom-Tov on the one hand, and Erev Shevu'os on the other?
(d) What is the significance of 'Tavo'ach' in this respect?
(a) What is the significance of letting blood after one has eaten, and under which circumstances is it nevertheless fully effective?

(b) How long after having let blood, should one ...

  1. ... drink?
  2. ... eat?
(c) Is blood-letting after this time harmful, or merely pointless?

(d) What do the following have in common: pumpkins, animal heads and animal lips?

(e) What is 'Yoma de'Shifmi'?

(a) There are three ways of treating the placenta to use on the baby. Princesses , wealthy women and poor women who had given birth would all treat it differently. What would each one do?

(b) The Halachah is like Rebbi Yossi, who permits severing the umbilical cord. When do the Rabbanan concede that it needs to be cut?

(c) Whatever Yechezkel listed in his Sefer, one is permitted to do to a baby on Shabbos. Delivering the baby and severing the umbilical cord we learn from "u'Moldosayich be'Yom Huledes Osach" and "Lo Choras Sharech" (like Rebbi Yossi)" respectively. What do we learn from ...

  1. ... "u'va'Mayim Lo Ruchatz le'Mish'i"?
  2. ... "ve'Hamlei'ach Lo Humlachat"?
  3. ... ve'Hachtel Lo Chutalt"?
******Hadran Alach, 'Mefanin'!******

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