REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Kama 82
BAVA KAMA 82 (30 Tishrei) - dedicated by Reb Mordechai Rabin
(London/Yerushalayim) l'Iluy Nishmas his father, ha'Gaon Rav Gedalya
Rabinowitz of Manchester, England (and in his later years, Bnei Brak,
Israel). Hearing a Shiur of his was an unforgettable experience, as his many
Talmidim, both Bnei Yeshiva and Ba'alei Batim, can attest.
(a) Ezra too, instituted ten Takanos. He established the Leining at Shsabbos
Which other Leining did he institute?
(b) What else did he establish to take place on Monday and Thursday?
(c) And what did he institute to be done on ...
(d) And what did he institute that women should ...
- ... Thursday?
- ... on Friday by men?
- ... early in the morning by women?
- ... wear?
- ... do prior to Tevilah?
(a) The ninth Takanah was that peddlers should go round the towns.
(b) What is the tenth Takanah?
(a) How did the Dorshei Reshumos interpret the Pasuk in Beshalach "Va'yelchu
Sheloshes Yamim be'Lo Mayim"? What does "Mayim" mean in this context?
(b) What did the Nevi'im of that time therefore institute?
(c) Seeing as Leining was already established in the days of Moshe, what did
Ezra then establish?
(d) If the three Pesukim that Moshe's generation established corresponded to
the Kohanim, Levi'im and Yisre'elim, what did the ten Pesukim that Ezra
(a) Why did Ezra fix specifically Monday and Thursdays as the days for
Beis-Din to convene?
(b) He established eating garlic on Fridays, based on the Pasuk in Tehilim
"Asher Piryo Yiten be'Ito".
How do Rav Yehudah or ... or Rebbi Yochanan
interpret this Pasuk? What has garlic got to do with this?
(c) Garlic has five physical advantages: It satisfies, heats the body, and
causes one's face to shine.
Besides increasing the Zera, as we just
explained, what else does it do?
(d) Others add a sixth (spiritual) property.
What does it bring in and
what does it drive out?
(a) 'What do we learn from the Pasuk in Shemini ...
Answers to questions
(b) Seeing as a Chatzitzah in the hair is d'Oraysa, what did Ezra then add
with the Takanah of Chafifah?
- ... "ve'Rachatz es *Besaro ba'Mayim*"?
- ... "ve'Rachatz *es* Besaro ba'Mayim"?
(a) Why was Ezra so concerned about the women having sufficient ornaments?
Why did he find the Takanah of peddlers so important?
(b) The Torah writes in Shemini "ve'Ish Ki Seitzei Mimenu Shichvas Zara,
ve'Rachatz es Besaro ba'Mayim".
In that case, why did Ezra need to
institute Tevilah for Ba'alei Keri?
(a) The Tana says ten things about Yerushalayim. 'Ein ha'Bayis Chalut Bah'.
What does this mean?
(b) It neither brings an Eglah Arufah nor can it be declared an Ir
What is the Din regarding Tum'as Nega'im?
(c) What else besides beams may not protrude into the street?
(d) Neither trash-heaps nor lime-kilns are permitted, nor are gardens or
What is the exception to the latter prohibition?
(a) We have already learned that chickens may not be kept in Yerushalayim.
The tenth thing concerns corpses.
What does the Tana say about them?
(b) The above Halachos concerning a house of Batei Arei Chomah, Eglah
Arufah, Ir ha'Nidachas, and Tum'as Nega'im, which the Tana extrapolates from
the four Pesukim "ve'Kam ha'Bayis Asher ba'Ir Asher Lo Chomah li'Tzemisus
*la'Koneh Oso le'Dorosav*" (in Behar), "Ki Yimatzei Chalal ba'Adamah Asher
Hashem Elokecha Nosen Lecha *Nachalah le'Rishtah*" (in Shoftim), "Arecha"
(Re'ei) and ve'Nasati Nega Tzara'as be'Veis *Eretz Achuzaschem*",
respectively, are all based on the same presumption.
(c) Why, besides the concern for Ohel ha'Meis, may beams and balconies not
protrude into the street?
(d) What is the reason for the prohibition of ...
- ... trash-heaps?
- ... lime-kilns?
- ... gardens and orchards?
- ... leaving a corpse overnight?
(a) Chazal forbade keeping Chazeirim due to an episode that took place
during the civil war between Hurkanus and Aristobulus.
Answers to questions
How did those
besieged in Yerushalayim (Aristobulus), manage to bring the Korban Tamid
each day? From where did they obtain the two lambs?
(b) What did that old man who had studied Greek philosophy advise Hurkanus
to do that changed the situation? Why did he make such a suggestion?
(c) What happened next? Which two curses did Chazal subsequently issue?
(d) What is the significance of the fact that, that year, the Omer came from
Gagos Tzerifim and the Sh'tei ha'Lechem from the valley of Ein Sochar? Where
did they usually come from?