REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 163
(a) We ask whether the two blank lines (that invalidate a Sh'tar) include
the spaces or not.
How does Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak resolve this
(b) Rebbi Shabsi in the name of Chizkiyah requires the two lines space to be
the size of the witnesses' script, and not that of the Sofer.
Why is that?
What is the difference between the two scripts?
(a) Rebbi Yitzchak ben Elazar (who incorporates a case where a 'Lamed' on
the second line reaches a final 'Chaf' on the higher one) gives the Shiur of
space as 'Lech' 'Lech' written one on top of the other. What is the
significance of these two letters?
(b) Rebbi Chiya bar Ami in the name of Ula gives the Shiur as a 'Lamed'
above and a 'Chaf' below.
What is the difference between the two opinions?
(c) According to Rebbi Avahu the Shiur of two lines is equivalent to one
line and two spaces.
What example does he give for this?
(a) Rav differentiates between the previous Din where the two lines space is
left between the contents of the Sh'tar and the witnesses' signatures, and
where the space is left between the signatures and the Asharta.
What is an
(b) On what grounds does he validate the latter case?
(c) Then why can they not do the same thing between the Sh'tar and the
(d) Why are we not then afraid that the Beis-Din too, will sign on the ink
(a) We query the previous statement of Rav (validating a two-line space
between the witnesses' signatures and the Asharta) however, on the suspicion
that he might then be tempted to cut off the top half of the Sh'tar, erase
the ink-mark and fill in the space with whatever suits him.
Answers to questions
What did Rav
say with regard to a Sh'tar that is written and signed on erased parchment?
(b) This Kashya is based on Rav Tivyumi's text of that statement, but does
not present a problem according to Rav Kahana.
Why is that? What is their
(c) How do we answer the Kashya?
(a) Rebbi Yochanan takes the exact opposite view from Rav.
What does he
say with regard to one blank line between the witnesses' signatures and the
(b) Why is that?
(c) Then why does he concede that one line between the Sh'tar and the
witnesses' signatures is Kasher?
(d) Why is that?
(a) What do we then ask on Rebbi Yochanan from a regular Sh'tar with the
last line blank and the witnesses' signatures underneath? How will he then
verify the Sh'tar?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we answer this Kashya?