REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 45
SUKA 36-56 (End of Maseches) have been dedicated by the wife and daughters
of the late Dr. Simcha Bekelnitzky (Simcha Gedalya ben Shraga Feibush) of
Queens N.Y. Well known in the community for his Chesed and Tzedakah, he will
long be remembered.
(a) Where was Motza, and what did they used to do there?
(b) What did they then do with the Aravah branches?
(c) What did they do simultaneously?
(d) Each day, as the Kohanim walked round the Mizbe'ach (with the Aravah or
the palm branches), they would say 'Ana Hashem Hoshi'a Na, Ana Hashem
What does Rebbi Yehudah hold?
(a) Which words are the equivalent numerical value of 'Ani ve'Ho'?
(b) What is the meaning of 'Ani ve'Ho', and what is its source?
(c) In what way did the ceremony differ on the seventh day than on the other
(a) What did they say when taking leave from the Mizbe'ach, according to ...
(b) How did the ceremony differ on Shabbos?
- ... the Tana Kama?
- ... Rebbi Eliezer?
(c) In which point does Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah disagree with the Tana
(d) What did the seventh day become known as, and why?
(a) The moment the Mitzvah of Lulav terminated, the grown-ups would snatch
the children's Lulavim and eat their Esrogim.
Why was there no problem of
(b) Motza's real name was 'Kelanya'.
Then why did they call it Motza?
(a) How tall were the willow-branches that they used in the Beis Hamikdash,
and how far did they drag on the Mizbe'ach?
Answers to questions
(b) How does the Gemara prove from here that the Kohanim must have placed
them on the Yesod of the Mizbe'ach, and not on the ground?
(c) How do we learn the above from the Pasuk in Tehilim "Isru Chag ba'Avosim
Al Karnos ha'Mizbe'ach"?
(d) What does Rebbi Avahu quoting Rebbi Elazar, learns from the same Pasuk
as regards someone who takes the Lulav and the Hadas?
(a) Rebbi Yirmiyah quotes Rebbi Shimon, who says the same about someone who
celebrates Isru Chag as Rebbi Elazar (in the previous question) said about
someone who takes the Lulav and the Hadas.
How does one celebrate Isru
(b) What does he also derive from the Pasuk in Terumah (regarding the boards
of the Mishkan) "Atzei Shitim Omdim"?
(c) He also learns from the same Pasuk that the gold was fixed to the boards
by means of golden nails.
What else does he learn from "Atzei Shitim
(d) Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai said about himself that he was able to bear the
sins of the entire world from the day he was born until then.
What if he
would combine his merits with those ...
- ... of his son, Rebbi Elazar?
- ... of his son, as well as Yosam ben Uziyahu, King of Yehudah?
(a) To what was Rebbi Shimon referring when he said that whether there a
thousand or a hundred, he and his son were among them, and if there were
just two in the entire world, then it was he and his son?
(b) How would Rebbi Shimon justify this statement in light of the eighteen
thousand Tzadikim who, Yechezkel reports, surround Hashem's Throne, and who
are closer to it than the angels?
(c) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Ashrei Kol Chochei *Lo*"?
(d) So how can Rebbi Shimon even suggest that there are only two?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Mishpatim "Bilti la'Hashem Levado"?
Rebbi Levi ascribes Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah's opinion to a Sevara based
on the date-palm.
(b) Then how can Rebbi Yehudah say that, upon taking leave from the
Mizbe'ach, the Kohanim would say 'le'Kah u'Lecha Mizbe'ach'?
(c) What does Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah learn from the plural reading of
(d) On what grounds do the Rabbanan disagree with him?
What does he say?
(a) According to Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel, one needs to recite a Berachah
over Lulav each day of Sukos, but over Sukah only once.
Answers to questions
Why is that?
(b) Rabah bar bar Chanah says exactly the opposite.
(c) What does Ravin quote Rebbi Yochanan as saying?
(d) What did Rav Yosef mean when he ruled like Rabah bar bar Chanah,
'because all the Amora'im hold like him'?