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Shekalim 14


(a) What does 'Ma'n d'Amar Rachamana Vatran Hu, Yivatru B'nei Ma'oy'?

(b) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Tehilim "u'Sevivav Nis'arah Me'od"?

(c) How do others learn that from the Pasuk "ve'Nora Hu al Kol Sevivav"?

(d) What is the connection between all this and the fact that Nechunya's Chofer Sichin u'Me'aros' son died of thirst (see Tiklin Chadtin)?

(a) What did Rebbi Pinchas ben Yair say when that Chasid refused to be comforted after his daughter fell into the river?

(b) How did the people defend him?

(c) What did Rebbi Pinchas ben Yair's say to that?

(d) What happened in the end?

(a) What did Gevini used to announce?

(b) Why did King Agripas give him many gifts?

(c) When Rav translated the Mishnah in Yoma 'Kara ha'Gever' as 'the *man* announced', Rebbi Shilo asked him why he did not translate it as a *rooster*.
What did Rav reply?

(a) Rebbi Yossi went to Kufra.
Why did he quote Ben Bavi to them? What was he proving to them?

(b) Ben Arza set the music in motion by clashing the symbols.
How did *he* know when to start?

(c) What was Hugras ben Levi's speciality, and what effect did it have on the other Levi'im?

(a) 'Beis Garmu al Lechem ha'Panim'.
In which area of the baking process were Beis Garmu experts, and as a result of that expertise, what did they used to do that allowed the Lechem ha'Panim to last a whole week, which even the experts from Alexandria were afraid to do?

(b) What has this got to do with the Pasuk in Mishlei "Kol Po'al Hashem Lema'aneihu"?

(c) What caused the Beis Garmu to change their minds and teach the art to others?

(a) What was Beis Garmu's motive for refusing to teach the art of removing the bread from the oven to others?

(b) What did Beis Garmu do that evoked the praise of the Chachamim?

(c) Beis Avtinas too, for the identical reason as Beis Garmu, refused to teach the Pitum ha'Ketores to others. They too, condescended to pass on their expertise to others, when they were offered double wages.
In what area of preparing the spices did their expertise lie?

(d) And for them too, the Chachamim had words of praise.
What did *they* do that evoked the praise of Chazal?

(a) Why did the prestige of the family of Beis Avtinas fall and that of Hashem rise with the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash? How did Hashem's prestige rise?

(b) Why did that child from the family of Beis Avtinas first cry and then laugh?

(c) It was the plant 'Ma'leh Ashan' that he had seen that sparked off his reaction.
What did he reply when Shimon ben Luga asked him to point it out to him?

(d) What happened that prompted Rebbi Akiva to cry and announce that there was no longer any need to mention the family of Beis Avtinas derogatively?

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(a) What was the job of ...
  1. ... Elazar (al ha'Paroches)?
  2. ... Pinchas ha'Malbish?
(b) Why did that officer pay the Kohen eight or twelve golden Dinrim? What does the Gemara prove from this here?
(a) How many ...
  1. ... treasurers of Hekdesh were there?
  2. ... Amarkolin? Who were the Amarkolin?
(b) Since any monetary position of authority requires at least *two* people, why did Ben Achya (who was in charge of the Kohens' ailing stomachs) and Elazar (who was in charge of the Paroches) not require an assistant?

(c) Besides the Gizbarin and the Amarkolin, there were also two Katolikin. Where did the Katolikin belong in the hierarchy?

(a) In the list of the hierarchy listed in Divrei Hayamim, the Pasuk places the King before the Kohen Gadol.
Does that mean that the Kohen Gadol was greater than the King?

(b) Why are all the officers (starting with the Gizbarin and ending with the King) listed there?

(c) From which one of two sources did Moshe draw his wealth?

(d) What are the two contradictory ways of explaining the Pasuk in Ki Sisa "Vayabitu Acharei Moshe Ad Bo'o ha'Ohela"?

(a) Four different discs were handed out in the Beis Hamikdash, marked 'Eigel', 'Zachar', 'Ge'di' and 'Chotei'.
What did these represent? What would he receive when he handed in the disc marked ...
  1. ... 'Eigel'?
  2. ... 'Zachar'?
  3. ... 'G'di'?
(b) The fourth disc containing 'Chotei' was for a wealthy Metzora.
Why was it marked 'Chotei'?

(c) What did *he* receive when he handed in his disc?

(d) According to Ben Azai, there were *five* discs.
In which other point does he disagree with the Tana Kama?

(a) According to the Tana Kama, they would give the poor Metzora the disc marked 'G'di', for which he would receive *three* Lugin.
But didn't he require *four* (an extra one for placing on his thumbs and big toes)?

(b) Someone who needed Nesachim would go to Yochanan, the officer of the discs.
What was the procedure from then on?

(c) How did Yochanan and Achya (who was in charge of the actual Nesachim) check that no money was missing, and what happened ...

  1. ... if they were short?
  2. ... if there was excess money?
(d) What happened to someone who lost his disc?
13) Why did they print the day of the week on the coin?


(a) According to Ben Azai, they had a special disc for a poor Metzora.
Why does Ben Azai not like the idea of giving him the disc marked 'Gadya', and letting him bring the extra Lug from home?

(b) What is the problem with the Rabbanan, who *do* hold of that with regard to a poor Metzora?

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