REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Kama 119
(a) How did Rava (or Rabah) justify to Abaye the fact that he purchased a
bundle of branches from an Aris (a share-cropper), despite our Mishnah,
which prohibits doing so from the guardian of an orchard?
(b) The Tana of the Beraisa forbids any clandestine sale of wood and fruit
from the guardian of an orchard, though he does permit it if they are
sitting and selling.
What other two conditions does he require?
(c) Where, in addition, must they be sitting for the sale to be permitted?
(a) Rav permits buying from a Gazlan provided most of his possessions are
What does Shmuel say?
(b) What did Rav Yehudah teach Ada Dayla? What does 'Dayla' mean?
(c) Rav Huna and Rav Yehudah argue over whether one may destroy the money of
On what grounds might this be permitted?
(d) What does the other opinion learn from the Pasuk in Iyov "Yachin Rasha
(a) Why was Rav Chisda unhappy with his Aris?
(b) What did he do that prompted his quotation of the Pasuk in Mishlei
"ve'Tzafun la'Tzadik Cheil Chotei"?
(a) The Pasuk in Mishlei, in connection with a Chanaf (a Ganav in this
context), writes "Ki Yishal Eloka Nafsho".
What are the two possible
connotations of "Nafsho"?
(b) Rav Huna and Rav Chisda argue over this point.
What does one of them
prove from the Pasuk in Mishlei ...
(c) How does ...
- ... "Kein Orchos Kol Botze'a Betza, es Nefesh Ba'alav Yikach"?
- ... "Al Tigzal Ki Dal Hu ... Ki Hashem Yariv Rivam ve'Kava es Kov'eihem Nefesh"?
- ... the second opinion interpret "es Nefesh *Ba'alav* Yikach"?
- ... the first opinion interpret "ve'Kava es Kov'eihem Nefesh"?
(a) What does Rebbi Yochanan learn from the above Pasuk "Kein Orchos Kol
Botze'a Betza, es Nefesh Ba'alav Yikach"?
(b) What does he subsequently learn from the Pasuk ...
(c) What did Shaul do to be termed guilty of having caused the death of the
- ... in Yirmiyah "ve'Achal Ketzircha ve'Lachm'cha, Yochlu Banecha u'Venosecha"?
- ... in Shmuel 2 "el Shaul ve'el Beis ha'Damim Al Asher Heimis es ha'Giv'onim"?
(a) The Tana of the Beraisa permits the purchase of woolen garments in
Yehudah from women ... just like our Mishnah.
What does he say about
purchasing wine, oil and flour ...
(b) On what basis does Aba Shaul permit buying from a woman all the above
things to the value of four or five Sela'im (provided the sale is not
- ... from them?
- ... from Avadim and small children?
(c) Is a Gabai Tzedakah permitted to accept Tzedakah from a woman?
(d) In that case, how did Ravina, who was a Gabai Tzedakah, justify (to
Rabah Tosfa'ah) the fact that he accepted golden chains and bracelets from
the women of Mechuza?
(a) Under what circumstances is one permitted to buy olives and oil from the
wife of the owner of an oil-press?
(b) Assuming 'be'Mu'at' to mean 'a little', why does the Tana prohibit
buying small quantities from them?
(c) What else might 'be'Mu'at' mean?
(d) Raban Shimon ben Gamliel permits buying from them in the upper-Galil on
Yom-Tov (or be'Mu'at).
(a) On what grounds is a laundryman permitted to keep the pieces of fluff
that come off a woolen garment during laundering? What if the owner objects?
(b) Why does concession not apply to the fluff that comes off with the
combing of the fuller (who combs wool)?
(c) What is the significance of the three threads that the fuller may take?
(d) Under which circumstances is he permitted to take even more?
(a) Who takes ...
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(b) And who takes ...
- ... the length of thread left by the tailor at the end of the garment to stitch with?
- ... the piece of cloth three by three finger-breadths which the tailor
- cut off when stretching the cloth to straighten it?
(c) Under which circumstances does even the sawdust belong to the owner?
- ... the tiny shavings that remain after the wood has been planed with an adze (a small axe)?
- ... the shavings that remain after it has been chopped with a large axe?
(d) Is one permitted to buy the fluff from woolen clothes from a laudryman?
(a) The Tana of the Beraisa also permits the laudryman to keep the two
threads at the end of the garment.
But did our Mishnah not allow him to
(b) What does the Tana mean when he says 've'Lo Yatil Bo Yoser mi'Sheloshah
(c) Rebbi Yirmiyah asks whether 'Amtuyi va'Asuyi' is considered one or two,
and remains with 'Teiku'.
What does he mean?
(d) The fuller combs with the direction of the Shesi (the warp), not of the
Arev (the woof).
From which part of the garment does he cut the stretched
wool? Up to how much is he permitted to cut?
(a) How do we reconcile the previous Beraisa, which instructs the fuller to
comb with the Shesi, not with the Arev, with the Beraisa, which says the
(b) One is not permitted to buy fluff from the fuller, because, as we
learned in our Mishnah, he is not entitled to keep it.
In which case is
such a purchase permitted?
(c) Why may one buy from him cushions filled with fluff?
(a) One may not buy from a weaver Irin, Nirin, Punklin or P'kayos.
are remnants of wool that the weaver places at both ends of the rod which
holds the Arev to prevent it from slipping off the rod, and Nirin are
warp-threads (through which the threads of the warp are passed), what are
(b) Why is one permitted to buy a cloth of many colors from a weaver? What
do the many colors indicate?
- ... Punklin?
- ... P'kayos?
(c) Why is one permitted to purchase Arev, Shesi, Tavi (spun cloth) or Arig
(woven cloth) from him?
(d) Seeing as woven cloth has been spun first, how do we explain 'Arig' in
(a) One may not buy from a dyer Osos or Dugmos, nor small pieces of wool.
What is the difference between 'Osos' and 'Dugmos', both of which are
(b) One may however, purchase from him spun samples or samples that he wove
into a garment (because he acquired them with Shinuy).
Seeing as he
acquires the spun samples, why does the Tana need to add samples that he
wove into a garment (seeing as these are normally spun first)?
(c) The cuttings which the tanner removes from the skins and any loose wool
belong to the owner.
What does the Tana list as belonging to the tanner?
(a) What is the significance of the fact that a laundryman is called
(b) What does Rav Yehudah say about the three threads in our Mishnah which
the laundryman did not remove?
(c) What did his son Yitzchak used to do?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that the thread left by the tailor belongs to
What is the minimum thread length required according to Rav
(b) What are the two possible interpretations of Rav Asi's statement?
(c) What does the Tana of another Beraisa say about a case where the tailor
left a thread less than is fit to stitch with or a piece that is less than
three by three finger-breadths?
(d) How do we extrapolate from here that the minimum Shiur cannot possibly
be a needle-length plus a Mashehu?
(e) On the other hand, what is a needle-length plus a bit less than another
needle-length fit for?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that the carpenter may take the small shavings
that remain after the wood has been planed with a Ma'atzad (an adze).
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does the Tana of the Beraisa rule with regard to ...
(b) How do we reconcile the two contradictory rulings regarding a Ma'atzad?
- ... the chippings of wood that the carpenter planed with a Ma'atzad or sawed off with a saw?
- ... the sawdust that remained after he has drilled with an awl, planed with a plane or sawn off with a saw?
(c) What does the Tana say about ...
(d) According to Rebbi Yehudah, hops, and crops in their early stages of
growth are not subject to theft (except in a place where people tend to be
particular about them).
- ... stone cutters (who shape and smoothen stones)?
- ... pruners (of trees or of bushes) and weeders (who weed vegetables that are growing among the seeds or that are growing too thickly)?
What did Ravina say about Masa Mechsaya?
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