ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Yevamos 28
YEVAMOS 28 (19 Teves) - dedicated to the memory of Hagaon Rav Yisrael
Avraham Abba ben Harav Chaim Binyamin Ze'ev Krieger ZT"L, author of Yad
Yisrael (on Rambam) and many other Sefarim. Sponsored by his son, Reb
Chananel Benayahu Krieger Krieger (Yerushalayim).
(a) We just learned that, according to Rebbi Yochanan, our Mishnah, which
requires both brothers to perform Chalitzah with the two sisters who fell to
Yibum, must be a mistake (because one of the brothers should later be
permitted to make Yibum with the first sister that fell). He declines to
explain that it is ...
We learned in our Mishnah that if one of the sisters was forbidden to one of
the brothers with an Isur Ervah (Chamoso, say), then he is permitted to
perform Yibum with the second one; whereas the second brother is forbidden
to make Yibum with either sister. The Tana must be speaking when the sister
who is not his mother-in-law fell to Yibum first - because otherwise, why
should the Yavam whose mother-in-law fell to Yibum first, not perform Yibum
with the second Yevamah, thereby removing the Zikah, and permitting his
brother to perform Yibum with her sister, who was permitted when she fell
and now became permitted again with the Yibum of her sister?
1. ... a decree in case he first makes Chalitzah with the *first* Yevamah,
and Yibum with the second - because the Mishnah says 've'Lo Misyabemes',
implying that there is no Din Yibum at all (even if he made Chalitzah with
the *second* one).
(b) Nor does he want to answer that the Tana of our Mishnah is ...
2. ... because really the Tana holds 'Ein Zikah', and he decreed in all
cases of two sisters who fall to two brothers, whenever one of them requires
Chalitzah and the other, Yibum (requiring Chalitzah with both, in case one
comes to perform Yibum first, and the other brother dies, causing the
Mitzvah of Yibum to become negated) - because Rebbi Yochanan does not
contend with the possibility of the Yavam dying.
1. ... Rebbi Elazar, whom we know holds that any Yevamah who was forbidden
even for one hour, remains forbidden forever - because, seeing as the Seifa
of the Mishnah is Rebbi Elazar, it appears that the Reisha is not.
(c) Nor can our Mishnah be speaking when they simply don't know which sister
fell first, and that explains why neither Yavam may perform Yibum - because
then, why would the Tana conclude 'Kadmu ve'Kansu, Yotzi'u'? Why should the
second Yavam not be permitted to retain his Yevamah, seeing as (unlike his
brother, who definitely married be'Isur, before the Zikah had been removed
from the sister) *he* married his Yevamah after the Zikah had been removed
from the sister). Consequently, he should be able to remain with his
Yevamah, because nobody can prove that he married her be'Isur.
2. ... Rebbi Yossi Hagelili, who maintains that two twin events can occur
simultaneously, and our Mishnah speaks when both brothers died (and both
sisters fell to Yibum) at the same time, in which case neither of them was
permitted when they fell - because we do not find a S'tam Mishnah that goes
like Rebbi Yossi Hagelili.
(a) Rebbi Eliezer in a Beraisa maintains (like he does in our Mishnah) that
Beis Hillel hold 'Im Kansu Yotzi'u', and Beis Shamai, 'Yekaymu'. Aba Shaul
reverses the opinions. Rebbi Shimon holds 'Im Kansu, Yekaymu'. In fact he
holds - that Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel do not argue at all, and this is
the joint opinion of both of them.
(b) We already learned above in a Mishnah in Perek Keitzad that, when two
sisters fall to *one* Yavam, 'Achosah ke'she'Hi Yevimtah, O Choletzes O
Misyabemes'. The Tana sees fit to repeat it ...
1. ... here in our Mishnah - because we might otherwise have thought that
here, where there is a brother who is forbidden to make Yibum, we might
decree on the one who is permitted, in case his brother also decides to
follow suite and do likewise.
(c) We also learned there 'Isur Mitzvah ve'Isur Kedushah Choletzes ve'Lo
Misyabemes'. The Tana sees fit to repeat it here - because here, where she
is also Achos Zekukaso, perhaps we will place the Isur Mitzvah together with
the Isur Ervah, removing the name of Achos Zekukaso, and permit the Yavam to
make Yibum with her sister.
2. ... there, having learned it here - because here at least there is
another brother who is forbidden to perform Yibum, which will serve to
remind us that Achos Zekukaso is forbidden; whereas in the first case, where
there is no brother, we would otherwise have forbidden Yibum, in case people
come to permit Achos Zekukaso.
(d) Despite the fact that min ha'Torah, an Isur Mitzvah falls to Yibum, we
would nevertheless have thought that, when she is Achos Chalutzaso as well,
he may perform Yibum with her sister - because since Zikah is only
mi'de'Rabbanan, the Rabbanan may well have removed it if there is an Isur
Mitzvah or Kedushah in addition to that of Achos Zekukaso, in order to
fulfill the Mitzvah of Yibum.
The Tana has already taught us in the Reisha that if one of the Yevamos is
an Ervah to the Yavam, then he is permitted to perform Yibum with her
Tzarah. Having taught it ...
1. ... there, the Tana nevertheless needs to inform us that the same will
apply in the Seifa (when two sisters fall to *two* brothers, each of whom is
an Ervah to one of them) - because in the Seifa, where both brothers are
permitted to Yibum with one of the sisters, we might have forbidden Yibum,
on the grounds that people will otherwise think that Achos Zekukaso is
permitted; whereas in the Reisha, the fact that one of the brothers is
forbidden will remind us that it is not.
2. ... in the Seifa (when there are *two* Yevamin), he nevertheless needs to
repeat it in the Reisha (when there is only *one*) - because we would
otherwise have said that it is there, where each brother is forbidden to one
of the sisters, that we are not afraid that they will perform Yibum with the
forbidden sister; whereas in the Reisha, where one of the brothers is
forbidden to both sisters, we would have forbidden Yibum, in case he comes
to think that he too, like his brother, is permitted to perform Yibum with
one of the sisters.
(a) When the Tana writes '*ve'Zu Hi she'Amru*, Achosah ke'she'Hi Yevimtah O
Choletzes O Misyabemes' - he means to preclude a case where each sister is
also an Isur Mitzvah or Kedushah on one of the brothers, in which case Yibum
(b) The Tana needs to repeat this in the case when *each* of the sisters is
also an Isur Mitzvah on one of the two Yevamin, even though he has already
taught it to us when *one* of them is - because we would have thought that
it is when only *one* of them is an Isur Mitzvah or Kedushah and not the
other, that Chazal did not combine the Isur Mitzvah or Kedushah with the
Isur Ervah to remove the Zikah (in order to perform the Mitzvah of Yibum),
in order to decree on the one brother because of the other; whereas when
both sisters are an Isur Mitzvah or Kedushah on one of the brothers, there
would be nothing to decree.
(a) According to Rav Yehudah Amar Rav and Rebbi Chiya's Beraisa, ha'Asurah
la'Zeh Muteres la'Zeh ... ' applies to all of the fifteen Arayos listed at
the beginning of the Masechta. Rav Yehudah himself disagrees. In his
opinion, it only applies to the cases from Chamoso and onwards, but not to
the first six cases connected with 'Bito' - because it is only possible to
find such a case through rape (when two brothers raped the same woman, each
one of whom then gave birth to a daughter, who became married to a second
set of brothers, who then died). It will not apply to a case of marriage,
because it would not be possible for one brother to marry the wife of his
brother who had a daughter.
The case of 'ha'Asurah la'Zeh, Muteres la'Zeh' by the Tzaras Tzarah - is if
Gad and Asher made Yibum with the wives of Levi and Yehudah (the Tzaros of
Reuven and Shimon's wives respectively), and then died, leaving their wives
(the Tzaros of the two Yevamos) to Yisachar and Zevulun: The wife of Gad
(the Tzarah of Yehudah's Yevamah who fell from Shimon), is forbidden to
Zevulun and permitted to Yisachar, whereas the wife of Asher is forbidden to
Yisachar and permitted to Zevulun.
(b) Abaye agrees with the first opinion, because since the case is possible,
who cares whether it is through marriage or through rape? He does not
however, agree that Rebbi Chiya's principle applies by Eishes Achiv she'Lo
Hayah be'Olamo - because such a case is only possible according to Rebbi
Shimon (who permits an Eishes Achiv she'Lo Hayah be'Olamo if the brother had
already made Yibum with her before he was born), but not according to the
Rabbanan, and our Tana does not get involved in Machlokes.
(c) The case, according to Rebbi Shimon, is when Reuven and Shimon married
two sisters, whilst Levi and Yehudah were married to two non-related women.
Reuven dies, Yisachar is born and Levi performs Yibum. Shimon then dies,
Zevulun is born and Yehudah performs Yibum with Shimon's wife. Then Levi and
Yehudah die and fall to Yibum before Yisachar and Zevulun (The wife of
Reuven is forbidden to Yisachar but permitted to Zevulun, whereas the wife
of Shimon is permitted to Yisachar and forbidden to Zevulun).
(d) When spelling out the case, it is necessary to mention that Yehudah, the
fourth brother, performed Yibum, despite the fact that the Yevamah would be
permitted to Zevulun the fifth brother even if he had not done so - in order
to find the case of 'ha'Asurah la'Zeh, Muteres la'Zeh' by the Tzarah as
(a) According to the Tana Kama, if two of three brothers married two
sisters, a woman and her daughter or a woman and her granddaughter, and
died, the third brother must make Chalitzah and not Yibum. According to
Rebbi Shimon, both women are Patur from Chalitzah too, because of the Pasuk
"ve'Ishah el Achosah Lo Sikach li'Tz'ror', which teaches us that two sisters
etc. who become Tzaros be'Zikah - are both forbidden to the Yavam.
(b) If one of the two sisters is ...
1. ... an Ervah to the Yavam - then she is forbidden to him, but he is
permitted to make Yibum with her sister.
(c) We have already learned above that if one of the two sisters is an Ervah
on one of the brothers, he is permitted to make Yibum with the second
sister. The Tana mentions it because of Rebbi Shimon - who says that the
Isur of Achos Zekukaso is d'Oraysa. Consequently, he needs to inform us that
we do not decree two sisters who are also Arayos, and require Yibum, to
prevent people from thinking that Achos Zekukah is permitted?
2. ... an Isur Mitzvah or an Isur Kedushah - then both Yevamos require
Chalitzah but not Yibum.