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Sukah 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 Hatzlichah Na'.
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 six days?

(a) What did they say when taking leave from the Mizbe'ach, according to ...
  1. ... the Tana Kama?
  2. ... Rebbi Eliezer?
(b) How did the ceremony differ on Shabbos?

(c) In which point does Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah disagree with the Tana Kama?

(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 theft?

(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?

(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?

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(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 Chag?

(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 Omdim"?

(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 ...

  1. ... of his son, Rebbi Elazar?
  2. ... 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"?

(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 "Kapos Temarim"?

(d) On what grounds do the Rabbanan disagree with him?

9) Rebbi Levi ascribes Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah's opinion to a Sevara based on the date-palm.
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.
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'?

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