REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Introduction to SukahSukah 2
SUKAH 2 - This Daf has been dedicated in honor of the Perlowitz family of
Brooklyn, NY and the Fass family of Edison, NJ on the recent marriage of
their children Avi and Becky, by Ben Sugerman (Boca Raton, FL)
(a) The Tana Kama invalidates a Sukah that is higher than twenty Amos.
What does Rebbi Yehudah hold?
(b) Which other three conditions does a Sukah require to be Kasher - even
according to Rebbi Yehudah?
(c) Why, in a Sukah whose sun exceeds its shade, are even the shady parts
(a) The same Machlokes between the Tana Kama and Rebbi Yehudah exists in the
Mishnah in Eruvin - with regard to a Mavoy that is higher than twenty Amos.
The Tana Kama says 'Pesulah' here, because it is a P'sul d'Oraysa, whereas
by Mavoy, which is only mi'de'Rabbanan, he says 'Yim'at'.
Why should the
fact that one is mi'd'Oraysa, and the other, mi'de'Rabbanan, affect the
(b) What is the Gemara's second answer - even assuming it would be feasible
to say what one should do by a d'Oraysa?
(c) What does ...
(d) Abaye asked Rebbi Zeira that, if that is so, then a Sukah that is built
in a valley between two pinnacles should not be Kasher. What did Rebbi
- ... Rabah learn from the Pasuk in Emor "Lema'an Yeid'u Doroseichem"?
- ... Rebbi Zeira learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "ve'Sukah Tihyeh le'Tzeil Yomam me'Chorev"?
(a) How does Rava learn the Tana Kama's reason from the Pasuk in Emor
"ba'Sukos Teishvu Shiv'as Yamim"?
Answers to questions
(b) Abaye objects here too. According to Rava's reasoning, he asks, walls of
a Sukah that are made of metal should invalidate the Sukah. What does Rava
reply to that?
(a) On what grounds do ...
1. ... Rebbi Zeira and Rava reject Rabah's explanation (i.e. that one needs
to know that one is sitting in a Sukah - from "Lema'an Yeid'u Doroseichem")?
(b) How does Rebbi Zeira reconcile that obvious explanation with his own
2. ... Rabah and Rava reject Rebbi Zeira's explanation (i.e. that the Sukah
must be built for shade - from "ve'Sukah Tihyeh le'Tzeil Yomam ... ")?
(c) And why did Rabah and Rebbi Zeira reject Rava's explanation (from
"ba'Sukos Teishvu *Shiv'as Yamim*")?
(d) Which of the above Amora'im conforms with ...
1. ... Rav Yashiyah Amar Rav, who says that if the walls reach the S'chach,
then even the Rabbanan will agree that the Sukah is Kasher, whatever the
2. ... Rav Huna Amar Rav, who says that if the Sukah is wider than four by
four Amos, the Sukah is Kasher, even if it is higher than twenty Amos.
3. ... Rav Chanan bar Rabah Amar Rav, who says that Rebbi Yehudah and the
Rabbanan argue by a minimum size Sukah, which only holds most of him
reclining and his table, but by a larger Sukah, even the Rabbanan will agree
that a Sukah higher than twenty Amos is Kasher?
(a) Rav Yoshi'ah disagrees with Rav Huna and Rav Chanan bar Rabah, because
he doesn't differentiate between one size of Sukah and another. We
initially contend that Rav Huna and Rav Chanan bar Rabah argue over the
minimum size Sukah.
What does this mean? In which point do they agree?
(b) How do we refute this contention? What is the minimum size Sukah, and
what is their Machlokes?
(a) Up to what height does Rebbi Yehudah in a Beraisa permit a Sukah to be?
Answers to questions
(b) How did he attempt to prove his point from a story of Queen Helen?
(c) Why did he not accept the Chachamim's counter argument that a woman is
Patur from Sukah? How many sons did she have?
(d) Why did Rebbi Yehudah need to add that Queen Helen did everything in
accordance with the Chachamim's rulings?