REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Yevamos 42
YEVAMOS 42 & 43 - sponsored by Hagaon Rav Yosef Pearlman of London, a living
demonstration of love for and adoration of the Torah.
(a) The Beraisa states that even a Yevamah with whom one of the brothers
performed *Chalitzah*, is obligated to wait three months.
When does the
three-month waiting period begin, from the death of the Yevamah's husband,
or from the time of the Chalitzah?
(b) According to Rav, a divorced woman is obligated to wait three months
before marrying from the time she received the Get.
What does Shmuel say?
(c) Why must we say that, even according to Rav, the husband was not
secluded with his wife from the time that he wrote the Get?
(d) Why, in Rav's opinion, is a Chalutzah not obligated to wait three months
from the time of the Chalitzah (in a similar fashion to a divorcee)?
(a) What does Rav Nachman Amar Shmuel learn from the Pasuk in Lech-Lecha
"Lihyos Lecha l'Elokim u'le'Zar'acha Acharecha"?
(b) Rava asks on this from a Ger and Giyores who were married and converted
(who are obligated to separate, even though their seed is clearly
How *is* Havchanah applicable to them?
(c) According to Rava, the reason for the three-month period is that
otherwise a man might marry his paternal sister, perform Yibum with his
maternal sister and that he might cause his mother or his brother's wife to
believe that she is exempt from Yibum (when really she is obligated). How
will he ...
(d) Only the second of these reasons apply to a Ger and a Giyores too (maybe
he will perform Yibum with his maternal sister).
- ... marry his paternal sister?
- ... perform Yibum with his maternal brother's sister?
- ... cause his mother to believe that she is exempt from Yibum?
- ... cause his brother's wife to believe that she is exempt from Yibum?
How is that?
(a) The Beraisa, which states that whereas all the women that Chazal forbade
to perform Yibum or to marry are to avoid incest, the decree of waiting
three months is because of the child, goes well with Rav Nachman Amar
Shmuel, but how will Rava explain it?
(b) What causes us to think that it should not be necessary to wait three
months only ...
(c) And on what basis do we refute the contention ...
- ... one?
- ... two and a half?
- ... that one month will suffice?
- ... that two and a half months are sufficient? What did Mar Zutra learn from the Pasuk in Shmuel 1 "Vayehi li'T'kufos ha'Yamim?
(a) It would be possible to ascertain whose baby the pregnant woman is
carrying by waiting a week or two before allowing her to marry, and then,
three months from the death of her first husband, examining her (breasts) to
see if she is pregnant.
What would this prove?
(b) Then why do we not do so (to spare her waiting unnecessarily)?
(c) Why is measuring the depth of her footsteps in the sand not a reliable
(a) Chazal forbade a man to marry a woman during her period of pregnancy and
whilst she is feeding.
Answers to questions
What if he did?
(b) We initially ascribe the former decree to the fact that she might cause
the baby's death should she become pregnant again.
On what grounds do we
(c) And on what grounds do we reject the contention that it is because she
might squash the baby to death during Tashmish?
(d) Then what *is* the reason for this decree?
(a) If Chazal were concerned about causing the death of the feeding baby
with regard to marrying a pregnant woman, why did they not decree,
forbidding Tashmish whenever one's wife becomes pregnant?
How does Rav Yehudah explain 'Arusos' and 'Nesu'os' in our Mishnah, seeing
as the Tana has already mentioned 'Besulos' and 'Be'ulos'?
(b) They nevertheless decreed, forbidding her to marry while she is feeding,
because her husband will not be willing to pay for someone else's baby.
But why can she not go ahead and marry, and, if necessary, claim eggs and
milk from her first husband's heirs?
(a) Rebbi Asi told Rebbi Elazar that Rebbi Yochanan ruled like Rebbi Yossi
in our Mishnah.
What did Rebbi Elazar comment on that? Why did he say
(b) What does Rebbi Meir in a Beraisa say about a woman who is angry with
her husband, or if he or she could not have children, or if she was
obviously not pregnant, for whatever reason? What do we prove from there?
(c) What is the difference between an Aylonis and a woman 'who cannot have
(a) Rebbi Chiya bar Aba says that Rebbi Yochanan retracted from his previous
ruling (because of the Beraisa that was quoted in the name of the Chachamim
of s Kerem be'Yavneh - Rav Yosef adds).
Why was the Sanhedrin called by
(b) What did Rebbi Yishmael the son of Rebbi Yochanan ben Berokah in that
(c) Rav Yirmiyah asked how Rebbi Yochanan could possibly rule like Rebbi
Yossi in our Mishnah, when he always follows the opinion of a S'tam Mishnah,
and our Mishnah states S'tam that *all women* are obligated to wait three
On what grounds did Rav Zerika dismiss Rav Yirmiyah's Kashya out
(a) What is the Din in the case of ...
Answers to questions
(b) Does it make any difference whether the S'tam is learned in the same
Masechta or in a different one?
- ... S'tam ve'Achar-Kach Machlokes?
- ... Machlokes ve'Achar-Kach S'tam?
(c) And what is the Din in the case of ...
- ... a S'tam Mishnah and Machlokes in a Beraisa?
- ... a Machlokes in the Mishnah and a S'tam Beraisa?