REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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BAVA BASRA 153 (12 Elul) - sponsored with warm Mazel Tov blessings on the
occasion of the wedding of Avi and Estie Turkel. May they merit to build
together a Bayis Ne'eman b'Yisrael that will be a pride to their dear
parents and to all of Klal Yisrael!
A Shechiv-Mera who recovered came before Rav Huna, to reclaim his property.
What did Rav Huna mean when he told him that he had not given away his
property in the conventional manner?
(a) In a case where someone wrote 'be'Chayai u've'Mosi', Rav considered it
to be a Matnas Shechiv-Mera (and permitted the benefactor to retract).
Then why did he insert 'be'Chayai'?
(b) Shmuel says 'Harei Hi ke'Matnas Bari'.
Then why did the Shechiv-Mera
add the words 'le'Achar Miysah'?
(c) Why does Shmuel not have a doubt like he does in the case of 'Matnas
Shechiv-Mera she'Kasuv Bah Kinyan'?
(d) How do we know that the current case is one of a Matnas Shechiv-Mera,
and not of a Matnas Bari?
(a) In all the previous cases, we rule like Shmuel.
A Shechiv-Mera who wrote in the Sh'tar 'be'Chayim (or me'Chayim)
u've'Ma'ves' recovered and came before Rav Nachman in Neherda'a.
How do the Neherda'i
rule in this case?
(b) What does Rava say about a case where the Shechiv-Mera wrote, not
'be'Chayai', but 'me'Chayai'?
(c) What ruling does Ameimar issue in this regard?
(d) What did Ameimar reply when Rav Ashi remarked that his ruling was
obvious, bearing in mind the Neherdai's previous statement?
Rav Nachman send him to Rebbi Yirmiyah bar Aba in Shum Tamya?
(a) How did a woman who had written her Matnas Shechiv-Mera 'me'Chayim
u'le'Achar Miysah' react, when Rava followed his previous ruling and placed
her property in the Reshus of the benefiary?
(b) What instructions did Rava then issue his Sofer, Rav Papa B'rei de'Rav
Chanan? What did he mean with the words 'Socher Aleihen O Mata'an'?
(c) How did the woman react to that?
(d) What did Rava do try and circumvent her curse? Did he succeed?
(a) How would one normally know that a Sh'tar Matnas Shechiv-Mera was
actually written by a Shechiv-Mera?
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(b) If the Sh'tar contained no such indication, Rebbi Meir maintains that
the onus lies on the Shechiv-Mera to prove that he was indeed a
Why is that?
(c) What do the Chachamim say?
(a) What would they customarily write in a Matnas Shechiv-Mera, besides the
fact that he was indeed sick and bedridden?
(b) What would be the problem in a case where this was not done?
(c) When such a case occurred, Rabah ruled 'Harei Meis, ve'Harei Kivro
What did he mean by that?
(a) What does the Mishnah in Gitin mean when, in a case of a sinking ship,
it rules 'Nosnin Alav ...
(b) What basic principle distinguishes between a man whose ship sank and
that of a Shechiv-Mera?
- ... Chumrei Chayim'?
- ... Chumrei Meisim?
(c) What Kashya does this distinction prompt Abaye to ask on Rabah's
(a) What is the Tana asking when the Beraisa asks 'Mi Motzi mi'Yad Mi'?
(b) Rebbi Ya'akov rules that *he* always takes from *them* and not
Why is that?
(c) What does Rebbi Nasan say?
(d) How does the Machlokes between Rabah and Abaye that we just cited
conform with this Machlokes?
(a) We rule that 'Safek Tum'ah bi'Reshus ha'Yachid', Tamei, bi'Reshus
ha'Rabim', Tahor'. With regard to Shabbos, a Bik'ah always has the Din of a
What is 'a Bik'ah'?
(b) What Din with regard to Tum'ah, does it have ...
(c) What is the reason for this distinction?
- ... in the summer?
- ... in the winter?
(a) What does Rebbi Elazar mean when he says 'u'le'Inyan Tum'ah
ke'Machlokes'? Which Chazakah replaces the Chezkas Mamon?
(b) The Safek here is whether the person entered the Bik'ah in the summer or
in the winter.
What is now the Machlokes between Rebbi Nasan and Rebbi
(a) What does Rava mean when he qualifies Rebbi Elazar's statement to when
no winter passed from the time that the valley was fenced?
(b) What is the basis of Rava's statement?
(c) On what grounds do we refute the text 've'Amar Rava', in which case
Rebbi Elazar's statement is based on that of Rava?
(a) How does Rabeinu Chananel explain Rava's statement in view of that of
Answers to questions
(b) In which other point does Rabeinu Chananel explain Rava differently than
we did before?