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Yevamos 16

YEVAMOS 16 (7 Teves) - Dedicated by Yaakov Wollner and family, of Baltimore, Maryland, in memory of Yitzchok Yisroel Daniel.


(a) What does the Beraisa say happened in the days of Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinus, which proves once and for all, that Beis Shamai practiced what they taught?

(b) Why were the Chachamim particularly upset about that incident?

(c) Rebbi Yehoshua volunteered to go and sort it out with him.
Which two Chachamim volunteered to go with him?

(a) Where did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas place first Rebbi Yehoshua, then Rebbi Elazar ben Azaryah and finally, Rebbi Akiva?

(b) What did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas comment when Rebbi Yehoshua informed him that he was being accompanied by ...

  1. ... Rebbi Elazar ben Azaryah? Which Pasuk did he quote in connection with his comment?
  2. ... Rebbi Akiva?
(c) What was Rebbi Dosa's response when they queried him about Tzaras ha'Bas, and his view on the matter?

(d) Then why did they think that he had ruled like Beis Shamai?

(a) Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas referred to his brother Yehonasan as a 'Bechor Satan'.
What does this mean?

(b) How many proofs did he have permitting Tzaras ha'Bas?

(c) What, on the other hand, did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas bring as testimonial heaven and earth, with regard to Tzaras ha'Bas?

(a) Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas also testified that the Jews living in Amon and Mo'av must separate Ma'aser Ani in the Sh'mitah-year.
Why did Chazal issue such a decree? Was it confined to Ma'aser Ani exclusively?

(b) Why were Amon and Mo'av not subject to Sh'mitah (which is Patur from Ma'asros)?

(c) He also testified about the Karduyin and the Tarmudin.
What did he say about them?

(d) What is the Chidush? Why would we otherwise have thought that one may not accept converts from there?

(a) The three Chachamim left Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas' apartment by three different exits (see Tosfos DH 'Yatz'u'). Yonasan, the Bechor Satan, met Rebbi Akiva as he was leaving.
What did he add, after declaring his worthiness?

(b) What did Rebbi Akiva reply?

(c) How do we reconcile Rami bar Yechezkel's Beraisa, which prohibits the acceptance of converts from among the Karduyim, with Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas's testimony, which permits it? What did the former really say?

(a) What did the Tana of the Mishnah in Nidah mean when he said that all stains that came from Rekem were Tahor? Why is that?

(b) On what grounds did Rebbi Yehudah disagree? What did he mean when he said 've'To'im'?

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(a) The Mishnah concludes 'mi'Bein ha'Ovdei Kochavim, Tehorim', incorporating stains that came from Tarmud.
What does Rebbi Yochanan extrapolate from there regarding the inhabitants of Tarmud?

(b) What statement did he, together with 'the elders', make earlier that clashes with this?

(c) Why do we not want to answer that Rebbi Yochanan only comes to explain the Mishnah, but that that is not his personal view?

(d) How do we finally justify it?

(a) Some give the reason of Rebbi Yochanan and the 'elders' as being because of 'Avdei Shlomoh'.
What does that mean? What will they then hold regarding a child born from a Nochri or a slave who had relations with a Jewess?

(b) Others ascribe it to 'B'nos Yerushalayim'. Some say that twelve thousand soldiers plus six thousand archers were involved.
What do others say?

(c) What happened on that occasion?

(a) Why is the Pasuk in Tehilim "Na'ar Hayisi ve'Gam Zakanti ... " quoted and Darshened here?

(b) According to Rav Shmuel bar Nachmeini Amar Rebbi Yonasan, who was the author of that Pasuk?

(c) Why can it not have been ...

  1. ... Hashem?
  2. ... David Hamelech?
(d) And to whom does the Pasuk in Eichah refer when it writes "Yado Paras Tzar al Kol Machamadehah"? What does "al Kol Machamadehah" refer to?
10) "Tzivah Hashem le'Ya'akov Sevivav Tzarav" (Eichah).
What does Rav mean when he explains 'Humnayah le'Pum Nahara'?


(a) Rav Yehudah Amar Rav Asi says that if a Nochri betrothes a woman nowadays, we suspect the Kidushin to be valid.
What are the ramifications of this Halachah?

(b) On what contention is this ruling based?

(c) Why do we not go after the majority of people in the world, who are Nochrim?

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