ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafShekalim 13
(a) According to Shmuel quoting Rebbi Zeira, any animal that can neither be
brought on the Mizbe'ach nor redeemed, is considered Kedushas Bedek
ha'Bayis (and not Kodshei Mizbe'ach).
(b) A bird cannot be brought directly as Kayitz ha'Mizbe'ach - because we
just precluded birds from being brought as Kayitz ha'Mizbe'ach from
"ba'Bakar" (see the previous Amud).
(c) Nor can it be redeemed - because no Hekdesh bird can ever be redeemed
(from Kedushas Mizbe'ach), even a blemished one.
(a) We try to prove Rebbi Shimon ben Yehudah (who said earlier in the name
of Rebbi Shimon that even if someone declared a female animal as an Olah, it
cannot make a Temurah) from the Pasuk in Bechukosai "ve'Im Kol Beheimah
Temei'ah Asher Lo Yakrivu Mimenah Korban la'Hashem" - because the Beheimah
Temei'ah mentioned there must be referring to an animal that is 'Tamei'
(i.e. invalid) from what he declared it to be (i.e. a female animal for an
Olah, an Asham or a Pesach - because the Din of a Tamei animal, we know from
a Pasuk later in the Parshah), and the Torah then writes "ve'He'emid
ve'He'erich", indicating that only Kedushas Damim takes effect, and not
(b) The Gemara refutes this however, from the very words that just served as
the proof - "ve'He'emid ve'He'erich", since this expression is only
applicable to a blemished animal. A complete animal is either Hekdesh to go
on the Mizbe'ach, or not Hekdesh at all (in which case it does not require
Ha'amadah and Ha'arachah).
(c) Rebbi Zeira quoting Rebbi Elazar, Darshens the Pasuk "ve'Im Kol Beheimah
Temei'ah Asher Lo Yakrivu Mimenah Korban la'Hashem" like the Tana Kama in
Rebbi Shimon (who says 'le'Olaso, Osah Temurah': Whatever is *not* fit to be
brought as a Korban either here or anywhere else, he explains (e.g. a
blemished animal) does not become Kedushas ha'Guf; but if it *is* fit to be
brought elsewhere (i.e. a female animal), then It becomes Kadosh Kedushas
ha'Guf (In fact, this is similar to Rebbi Yochanan's explanation of Rebbi
Shimon - on the previous Amud. But whereas he learnt it from a Sevara, Rebbi
Zeira is learning it from a Pasuk).
(d) Rebbi Zeira explains his original statement 'Kol she'Einah Re'uyah
Likarev Lo Kahn ve'Lo Be'Makom Acher Eino Oseh Temurah' (which gives rise to
the Kashya from the Tosefta) - to refer literally to a Beheimah Temei'ah (a
non-Kasher animal), whose entire species is not fit to go on the Mizbei'ach,
and which certainly requires Ha'amadah and Ha'arachah (but not to a female
animal which is fit for some Korbanos, or an animal which was raped, which
is of a species which is fit for a Korban - both of these therefore, are
subject to Kedushas ha'Guf).
(a) Once every thirty days they would fix the price for wine, flour and oil.
If, in the middle, the market value ...
***** Hadran Alach Perek ha'Terumah! *****
1. ... rose from four Sa'ah per Sela to three - the store-keeper would still
need to give Hekdesh *four* - because Hekdesh acquires with money.
(b) Min ha'Torah, Hekdesh certainly acquires with money. However, Chazal
decreed that, whenever it is to its detriment, it will only acquire with
Meshichah (moving the article) and not with money (just like a Hedyot, in
order that Hekdesh should not lose).
2. ... dropped from three Sa'ah to four - then he would now be obligated to
give *four* - because Hekdesh does not acquire with money.
(c) Even though the storekeeper has already received his money, Chazal
decreed that it should not be considered his, until the Korban has been
placed on the Mizbe'ach - because they wanted Hekdesh to always have the
upper hand. That explains why the store-keeper remained responsible to re-
place the flour or the wine, should they go bad.
***** Perek Eilu Hein ha'Memunin *****
(a) Mordechai was known as Pesachyah - because he was an expert in
interpreting expressions ('Pose'ach Devarim ve'Dorshan'). And he was also
called Mordechai Balshan - because he was also a supreme linguist, who was
able to 'mix' all the languages ('Bolel Leshonos').
1. Masyah ben Shmuel was in charge of the Payasos means that it was his
responsibility to organize the Payasos - a form of lots to determine which
Kohen would perform which Avodah (they will be described fully in Yoma).
2. Pesachyah was in charge of the Kinim means that he had to distribute the
birds to the Zavin, the Zavos and the Yoldos when they came to purchase
their birds. They would place their money in the relevant box, which the
officers in charge would empty, and then take the money to Pesachyah, who
would give them the amount of birds that tallied with the money. They would
then immediately bring them on the Mizbe'ach. This particular office, more
than any of the others, required an outstanding Chacham - of the caliber of
Pesachyah - due to the complexity of the problems that were likely to arise
if a bird flew from one group to another (as we learn in Kinim).
(Note: All of the officers listed here were paid wages from the Terumas
ha'Lishkah - see Korban ha'Eidah Amud 2 DH 'Al Yedei'.)
(a) Nechunyah Chofer Sichin was responsible for digging water-wells, so that
the people who traveled to Yerushalayim for Yom-Tov should have water to
(b) Ben Gever was responsible for 'Ne'ilas She'arim' - which entailed
closing the gates of the Beis Hamikdash each night and re-opening them each
1. Ben Arza was responsible for the Tzelatzal - the cymbals. The clashing of
the cymbals was a symbol for the choir to begin singing.
2. Hugras ben Levi was the choirmaster. He indicated when the Levi'im should
start singing and when they should finish.
(a) Some explain that the incumbents listed in our Mishnah were the best,
each one in his generation. According to others, they were the names of the
incumbents in the first generation who arrived in Eretz Yisrael from Bavel.
(b) According to those who say that those listed in our Mishnah were ...
1. ... the best (i.e. they were all Tzadikim), we will have to say that
"Zecher Tzadik li'Verachah" was said about all of them, even Beis Garmu and
Beis Avtinas (who refused to teach the art of their respective trades), and
it is only about Ben Kamtzar (who knew how to write the Name of Hashem in a
special way - but who is not included in the list) that "Shem Resha'im
Yirkav" was said.
2. ... the ones who returned from Bavel (whether they were good or not) -
then "Shem Resha'im Yirkav" will apply to all of them, and it is to Ben
Katin and the other Tzadikim listed there (in the Mishnah in Yoma 37a - all
of whom made some Tikun or other in the Beis Hamikdash) about whom they said
'Zecher Tzadik li'Verachah'.
(a) According to those who maintain that the Anshei Kenesses ha'Gedolah were
the ones to institute the learning of Medrash, Halachos and Agados (or of
the subdivision of Torah into these sections) Rebbi Akiva instituted - the
Kelalos and Peratos.
(b) When the Pasuk in Divrei Hayamim praises a family with the word
"Mishpachas *Sofrim* Yoshvei Ya'avetz" - it is referring to their
presentation of groups in numbers (e.g. '*Fifteen* women exempt their
Tzaros' ... 'There are *thirty-six* Kerisus' 'There are *five* categories of
people who may not take Terumah') - because this method of presentation
helps to memorize the lists.
(c) Ezra is referred to as Ezra ha'Sofer - because he counted the letters in
the Torah, and because he made the Mesorah (lists of all the same words that
appear throughout T'nach.)
(d) When Rebbi Chagai complained that, in spite of the fact that the earlier
generations plowed, sowed, weeded ... kneaded the dough, arranged it and
baked it, *we* have no mouth with which to eat - he meant that in spite of
the earlier generations having broken down the Torah into numbered lists, to
make it easier for us to understand, we still fail to understand Torah.
(a) According to Rebbi Zeira, if (the sages of) the earlier generations were
angels, then those of his generation were humans, and, if those of the
earlier generation were humans, then they, said Rebbi Zeira, were like
(b) When the stolen donkey of Rebbi Pinchas ben Yair refused to eat for
three days, the thieves decided that they had better return it before it
died on them and the fact that it was stolen was discovered. So they let it
go, and it walked back home by itself.
(c) When Rebbi Pinchas ben Yair heard donkey braying outside his front door,
he told his disciples to open the door for the unfortunate creature that had
not eaten for three days.
(d) The donkey then refused to eat the well-prepared barley that the
disciples set in front of it - because it was Tevel of D'mai (which strictly
speaking, one is permitted to feed one's animals, but this donkey, took a
strict line - presumably, because its master did refuse to eat when his
Talmidim gave it well-prepared barley.
(a) All the seventy members of the Sanhedrin had to understand all seventy
languages - and at least two had to be able to speak them.
(b) If *three* were able to speak all the languages - it was considered an
average Beis-Din, and if there were *four*, it was considered a wise one.
(c) The Sanhedrin of Yavneh was a wise Beis-Din, inasmuch as it included
four members who could speak all seventy languages -Ben Azai, Ben Zoma, Ben
Chachinai and Rebbi Elazar ben Masya.
(d) In a year when the crops were stricken, and there was a terrible
shortage - Pesachyah discovered that there was barley available for the Omer
1. ... in Gagos Tzerifin - when a certain dumb man pointed up at the roofs
('Gagos') and at the wigwam-style huts ('Tzerifim').
2. ... in Ein Sochar - when, in another year, a blind man (possibly even the
same one) pointed at his eye ('Ein') and at the threshold of the front-door,
at the hole where they push the bolt to lock the door ('Sochar').
(a) When three women came to the Beis Hamikdash with bird-offerings; the
first one said 'le'Einasi', the second, 'le'Yamasi' and the third
'le'Zivasi' - the Kohanim thought that they were all referring to their
Korban Zivus: 'le'Einasi' of the first woman, they took to mean that she had
been pouring blood like a fountain - 'ke'Ma'yan'; 'le'Yamasi' of the second
one, that she had been pouring blood like the sea, and 'le'Zivasi' of the
third, meant literally, for her Zivus.
(b) Pesachyah, who, as we have already explained, was an expert in
expressions (colloquialisms) and languages, interpreted the first one's
words to mean that her eye had been endangered and had been saved, the
second one's, that she had been in danger at sea and had been saved, and the
third one's, that her son had been saved from a wolf. In fact, all of them
had brought money for a voluntary bird thanks-offering (an Olah), not for a
Kan Chovah for Zivus at all.
(a) The Kohanim were more prone to stomach-aches than anyone else - because
they would eat the meat of the Korbanos and drink water (since wine was
forbidden in the Azarah - or during the Avodah) after doing the Avodah all
day on the cold marble floor.
(b) Ben Achya's expertise that helped to alleviate their suffering - was the
knowledge of which wine would stimulate the stomach of someone who was
constipated, and which was good for someone with diarrhea.
(c) He is listed among the officers of the Beis Hamikdash - because due to
his services, the Kohanim were quickly restored to good health, and they
were able to perform the Mitzvah of eating the Kodshim, as a result of which
Kodshim were prevented from becoming Nosar.
(d) Nechunya Chofer Sichin knew which rock contained *cold* water and which