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Sukah 12

SUKAH 12 (27 Nisan) - has been dedicated to the memory of ha'Rav Shmuel (ben Aharon) Grunfeld of Jerusalem/Efrat. Rav Shmuel was a truly great Torah scholar, whose tragic death left all who knew him with an inconsolable sense of loss.


(a) From where does Rebbi Yochanan ultimately learn that the S'chach must comprise things that are subject to Tum'ah and that grow from the ground?

(b) What reason do we initially give, to explain why the Pasuk cannot refer to the actual contents of the granary and the wine-press themselves?

(c) Along came Rebbi Yirmiyah however, and threw a spanner in the wheel. What Kashya did he ask?

(d) How did Rav Ashi derive the specifications of Sukah from the very words ("mi'Gornecha u'mi'Yikvecha") themselves?

(a) Rav Chisda learns them from a Pasuk in Nechemyah, where Nechemyah instructs the people to ascend the mountains and collect various materials, all of which comply with the given specifications.
Why did he include "Eitz Avos" and "Alei Hadas" (which both mean the same thing) in his list?

(b) Can one use vine branches with the grapes still attached?

(a) Bundles of straw, wood or canes are Pasul.
Do they become Kasher if one unties them?

(b) May one use them for the walls of the Sukah?

(c) Rebbi Ya'akov heard from Rebbi Yochanan the reasons for two Pesulim mentioned in the Mishnah; one of them was that of our Mishnah. What was the other one?

(d) Rebbi Ya'akov could not recall which of the two possible reasons, (one d'Oraysa and the other de'Rabbanan) for these prohibitions, applied to which case.
What are the two reasons?

(a) Rebbi Ya'akov had not however, heard what Rebbi Chiya bar Aba said in the name of Rebbi Yochanan about the case in our Mishnah.
What *did* Rebbi Chiya bar Aba say?

(b) So what must be the reason for invalidating a Sukah that is burrowed out of a hay-stack?

(c) On what grounds did Rav Ashi query Rebbi Yochanan?

(d) We reply that Rebbi Yochanan derives his distinction from the Lashon of the Tana in each case.
What does this mean?

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5) Why will 'Gezeiras Otzer' not apply in the case of 'ha'Chotet be'Gadish'?


(a) What are 'male' and 'female' arrows? Of what are they made?

(b) Why are the former Kasher for S'chach, and the latter Pasul?

(c) Why is it necessary to tell us that ...

  1. ... male arrows are Kasher as S'chach? Is that not obvious?
  2. ... female arrows are Pasul? Why would we have thought otherwise?
(a) The flax stalks need first to be soaked and then beaten in the pounder. Which other two processes are necessary for the production of flax threads before they are cut into threads?

(b) Rabah bar bar Chanah quoting Rebbi Yochanan, invalidates 'Anitzei Pishtan' for S'chach, but validates 'Hutznei Pishtan'.
What are ...

  1. ... 'Anitzei Pishtan'?
  2. ... 'Hutznei Pishtan'?
(c) Rebbi Yochanan himself is uncertain whether 'Hushnei Pishtan' are valid as S'chach or not.
What might 'Hushnei Pishtan' be? What is Rabah bar Chanah's Safek?
8) Rav Yehudah permitted herbs by the name of Shushi and Shivtzeri to be used as S'chach.
On what grounds did Abaye disagree in the case of Shivtzeri?

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