REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sotah 32
SOTAH 31-35 - These Dafim have been dedicated by Mrs. Estanne Abraham-Fauer
in honor of the first Yahrzeit (18 Teves 5761) of her father, Reb Mordechai
ben Eliezer Zvi (Weiner). May the merit of supporting and advancing the
study of the Talmud be l'Iluy Nishmaso.
***** Perek Eilu Ne'emarin *****
(a) What do the following have in common ...
(b) Why would we have thought that Parshas Sotah should be confined to
- ... Parshas Sotah, Viduy Ma'aser, K'ri'as Sh'ma, Tefilah, Birchas ha'Mazon, Shevu'as ha'Eidus and Shevu'as ha'Pikadon?
- ... Mikra Bikurim, Chalitzah, B'rachos u'Kelalos, Birchas Kohanim, Birchas Kohen Gadol, Parshas ha'Melech, Parshas Eglah Arufah and Mashu'ach Milchamah (when he speaks to the people)?
(c) What is 'Viduy Ma'aser'?
(d) What is the case and the ramifications of the above Din regarding ...
- ... Shevu'as ha'Eidus?
- ... Shevu'as ha'Pikadon?
(a) What does the Tana mean by ...
(b) What do we learn from the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' ...
- ... 'B'rachos u'Kelalos'?
- ... 'Birchas Kohen Gadol'?
- ... 'Parshas ha'Melech'?
(c) Rebbi Yehudah disagrees.
- ... "Ve'anu ha'Levi'im Ve'amru" ((Ki Savo - in connection with the B'rachos and K'lalos) and "Ve'anisa Ve'amarta Lifnei Hashem Elokecha" (Ki Savo - in connection with Bikurim)?
- ... "Ve'anu ha'Levi'im Ve'amru" and "Ve'ansah Ve'amrah" (Ki Seitzei - in connection with Chalitzah)?
From where does he learn that Chalitzah must
be said in Lashon ha'Kodesh?
(a) What do we learn from the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' "ha'Lo Heimah be'Eiver
ha'Yarden ... Eitzel *Elonei Moreh*" (Re'ei - in connection with the
B'rachos and K'lalos) and "Va'ya'avor Avram ba'Aretz Ad Mekom Sh'chem Ad
Eilon Moreh" (Lech-Lecha)?
(b) Six tribes ascended Har Gerizim, and six, Har Eival.
below? How were they arranged?
(c) How did the Kohanim and the Levi'im announce the B'rachos and the
K'lalos? Where did they face as they announced them?
(d) Who responded 'Amen'?
(a) What did they then do with the twelve large stones that they brought
with them from the bed of the Jordan River? What do we learn from the Pasuk
in Ki Savo "Ba'er Heitev"?
Answers to questions
(b) What was the purpose of the Mizbe'ach?
(c) What did they do with the stones after they had demolished them?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk ...
We learn that Viduy Ma'aser can be said in any language from a
'Gezeirah-Shavah' "Ve'amarta Lifnei Hashem Elokecha" from "Ve'amar ha'Kohen
la'Ishah" (by Sotah). Rav Z'vid asked Abaye why we do not rather learn the
'Gezeirah-Shavah' from "Ve'anisa Ve'amarta" (by the Levi'im), to require
(b) The Kohen would announce 'Al Mah Hi Shosah, Bameh Hi Shosah, Al Meh
Nitma'as, u'va'Meh Hi Nitma'as'. 'Al Mah Hi Shosah' means that she can
attribute her having to drink to her licentiousness.
- ... "*Ve'amar* el ha'Ishah"?
- ... "Ve'amar *el ha'Ishah"*?
What does 'Bameh Hi
Shosah' refer to?
(c) 'Al Meh Nitma'as' means that her Tum'ah is the result of her
lightheadedness and childishness.
What does 'u'va'Meh Hi Nitma'as' mean?
(d) Why was it necessary to announce ...
- ... this last piece of information with her?
- ... the first three pieces?
What did Abaye reply?
(a) What is the difference between "Ve'amarta" and "Ve'anisa Ve'Amarta"?
(b) That being the case, what does Rebbi Shimon ben Yochai in a Beraisa
learn from the fact that the Torah writes "Ve'marta" by Ma'aser, and
"Ve'anisa Ve'amarta" by Bikurim?
(c) What makes Viduy Ma'aser praiseworthy, and Bikurim, shameful?
(a) What reason did Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai give for
Davening quietly (which we learn from Chanah)?
(b) What does this have to do with a Chatas and Olah?
(c) How do we amend Rebbi Shimon's statement 'u'Genuso be'Kol Ram' to avoid
his two statements from contradicting each other?
(d) What is his source for this?
(a) We just quoted Rebbi Shimon, who maintains that a Chatas and an Olah are
Shechted in the same location (anywhere on the north side of the Azarah), so
that when someone brings a Chatas, nobody will know that it is not an Olah.
Why will they not know from the fact that ...
(b) What should the sinner do if ...
- ... the blood of a Chatas is sprinkled above the red thread, and the Olah, below it?
- ... a Chatas is a female animal, whereas an Olah is a male?
- ... he chose to bring a she-goat, which does not have a fat-tail?
- ... his sin was that of idolatry (be'Shogeg), where he has no choice but to bring a she-goat?
(a) According to Rebbi, K'ri'as Sh'ma must be recited in Lashon ha'Kodesh.
What is his reason?
(b) The Rabbanan disagree with Rebbi. What is the Rabbanan's reason?
(c) What does Rebbi learn from the word "Sh'ma"?
(d) What do the Rabbanan learn from the word "Ve'hayu"?
(a) From where does Rebbi learn the obligation to read the Sh'ma in the
(b) What do the Rabbanan learn from the extra 'Hey' in "ha'Devarim"?
(a) We suggest, that from Rebbi, it would appear that the rest of the Torah
can be said in any language. To what is this referring?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we refute that contention?
(c) And how do we refute the suggestion that the Rabbanan hold that the
entire Torah was said in Lashon ha'Kodesh, because otherwise, why would they
require the D'rashah of "Sh'ma"?