REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sotah 6
(a) In the third Lashon, what does Rav Yosef infer from the Torah's
expression "ve'Yatz'ah le'Ish Acher"?
(b) Then on what grounds does the Torah obligate her to perform Yibum,
should the second husband die without children?
(a) According to Rava, we can learn the Sotah's exemption from Yibum from a
'Kal va'Chomer' from her husband.
Which 'Kal va'Chomer'?
(b) By the same token, Abaye asks Rava, a Kohen Gadol who betrothed an
Almanah should be forbidden to perform Yibum when her husband dies.
we refute this Kashya?
(c) What does Abaye then ask from the wife of a Kohen who was raped?
(d) How do we refute this Kashya (thereby reinstating Rava's 'Kal
(a) Five cases of Sotah become *permanently* forbidden to eat Terumah: a
woman who confesses to her husband that she committed adultery, one on whom
witnesses testify to that effect and a woman who refuses to drink.
are the remaining two?
(b) Why in the last case, will the Mei Sotah be ineffective?
(c) What Chidush does Rav Amram quoting Rav Sheishes extrapolate from the
Pasuk "ve'Nisterah ve'Hi Nitma'ah *ve'Eid Ein Bah*"?
(d) How can he use the Pasuk for this D'rashah, when we have already learned
other things from it (that one witness is believed by Tum'as Sotah and that
a Sotah Vaday does not drink)?
(a) Rav Sheishes proves his Chidush from the case in our Mishnah when
witnesses testify that she committed adultery.
How does he prove it from
there? Why can the Tana not be speaking when they arrived before she had
drunk the water?
(b) According to Rav Yosef, even though the Tana must be speaking when the
witnesses came after she had already drunk, we nevertheless suspect the
witnesses of being false.
Then why did she not die after drinking the
(c) Rebbi says later in a Mishnah that even if she is spared from death, she
nevertheless deteriorates from the moment she drinks until finally, she dies
the death of a Sotah.
What is then the basis of the Machlokes between Rav
Sheishes and Rav Yosef?
(d) What then is their Machlokes? Why will establishing our Mishnah like the
- ... help to explain why the witnesses are not believed according to Rav Yosef?
- ... not make any difference according to Rav Sheishes?
(a) On what grounds does Rebbi Shimon reject the entire concept of merits
that will save the Sotah from death?
Answers to questions
(b) According to Rav Sheishes, why is Rebbi Shimon not afraid of the same
thing regarding witnesses overseas? How will we reconcile Rav Sheishes with
(a) The Beraisa states two cases when the Sotah's Minchah has to be burned,
one of them when the Sotah confessed to having sinned.
What is the other?
(b) Why can this Beraisa not be speaking before she sanctified the Minchah
in a holy vessel?
(c) Seeing as the Tana speaks after she sanctified it, why can it not then
be brought ...
(d) Why does this Beraisa then pose a Kashya on Rav Sheishes (according to
whom witnesses render a Sotah unfit to drink the water)? Why is the Minchah
not sanctified anyway?
- ... on her behalf?
- ... as a Minchas Nedavah?
(a) Rav Yehudah from Diskarta answers that the Beraisa is speaking when she
committed adultery in the Azarah.
How does this answer the Kashya? How is
the Minchah now validated?
(b) How do we initially dispense with the Kashya of Rav Mesharshaya, who
points out that the young Kohanim were accompanying her, and asks how could
she possibly commit adultery without their knowledge?
(c) How does Rav Ashi dispense with the Dochek of saying that she committed
adultery in the Azarah?
(d) Rav Papa establishes the Beraisa by the initial act of adultery, like we
Then why (according to Rav Sheishes, who holds that it
is not Kadosh retroactively) must the Minchah be burned (like we asked
(a) What does the Tana of a Beraisa say about a Minchas Sotah that became
(b) And what does he say in a case where they had already been Mekadesh the
Kometz, but her husband or she died before there was time ...
- ... before 'Kidush K'li'?
- ... after Kidush K'li?
(c) What does the Tana say if witnesses testified ...
- ... to bring it on the Mizbei'ach?
- ... to eat the remainder of the Minchah, even though the Kometz had been brought on the Mizbei'ach?
(d) According to Rav Sheishes, why do we not say here too, that the Minchah
must be burned (mi'de'Rabbanan), on account of what people may think?
- ... that she had committed adultery before the Kometz was burned?
- ... that the witnesses (of S'tirah) were Zomemin?
(a) What does another Beraisa learn from the Pasuk (with regard to her
bearing children should she be innocent) ...
Answers to questions
(b) What do we prove from this Beraisa?
- ... "(u)'Tehorah"?
- ... "u('Tehorah)"?
- ... "Hi"?
(c) According to this, why is Rebbi Shimon, whom we saw earlier, is worried
about the good name of the Sotah, not worried that people will ascribe
nothing having happened to witnesses overseas, and not to her innocence?
(d) But did we not explain earlier that just as Rebbi Shimon doesn't ascribe
nothing happening to the Sotah's merits, he doesn't ascribe it to witnesses