REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 8
(a) Rebbi Yochanan requires at least *twenty-four* people to be able to sit
round the inside of the walls of a round Sukah. The Gemara asks that even
according to Rebbi, *twelve* should suffice.
On which principle is this
(b) On what grounds do we reject it?
(c) By how much is a square that surrounds a circle bigger than the circle,
and how many people should the Sukah then be able to seat in this way?
(d) But this is wrong, since Rebbi requires a full four by four Amos (i.e. a
minimum of four Amos at any given point). So we have to contend with a
circle that surrounds a square of four by four Amos. How much must the
diagonal now be per Amah, and how many Amos will that now give us round the
inside of the circle?
(a) On what grounds do we reject the suggestion that Rebbi Yochanan is only
giving a rough figure?
(b) Mar Keshisha has a simple solution to our problem. He disagrees with
Rebbi Yochanan, maintaining that, in fact, *three* people sit per *two* Amos
(and not *one* person per *Amah*). In his opinion, sixteen people will be
able to sit in such a Sukah, and the Sukah will be Kasher if it is sixteen
square Amos instead of sixteen and 3/5 - only a slight discrepancy.
is wrong with that contention?
(c) We conclude that when Rebbi Yochanan gave a figure of twenty-four, he
was referring to the *outside* of the circle, whereas we are obviously
concerned with the *inside*.
By how many Amos will that reduce the
diameter of the circle, and how many people could one now seat around the
inside of the Sukah?
(a) But did we not prove earlier that the perimeter of the Sukah concerned,
according to Rebbi, is 16 4/5 Amos?
Answers to questions
(b) The Dayanim of Caesaria have a radical way of answering answer Rebbi
Yochanan (though they are wrong).
How do they do it?
(a) Potters used to have two huts.
What was the purpose of ...
(b) Why would one not be Yotze Sukah in the inner hut?
- ... the inner hut?
- ... the outer one?
(c) Does a gate-house that leads into the house require a Mezuzah?
(d) Then why did the potter's outer hut not need one?
(a) Sukas 'Ga'n'ba'ch' is the acronym of four valid Sukos.
Answers to questions
What is Sukas
(b) On what condition are these Sukos Kasher? What is the Tana coming to
(c) Sukas 'Mikol Makom', which comes to include 'Sukas 'Ra'k'ba'sh' is
Kasher too, under the same condition. The 'Shin' stands for Sukas 'Shomrei
Peiros,' and the 'Reish' for 'Ro'im'.
What is a 'Sukas ...
(d) Why, if two Beraisos had not specifically included each one, would we
have thought that, even though 'Sukas ...
- ... Kayatzim'?
- ... Burganin'?
- ... 'Ga'n'ba'ch' is eligible, 'Sukas 'Ra'k'ba'sh' is not?
- ... 'Ra'k'ba'sh' is eligible, 'Sukas 'Ga'n'ba'ch' is not?