REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Metzia 60
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(a) What does the Tana mean when he ...
(b) The seller may however, mix 'hard' wine with the 'soft' wine that he
promised the purchaser.
- ... forbids mixing fruit with fruit (i.e. grain with grain)? Why is it forbidden?
- ... takes for granted that 'Chadashim bi'Yeshanim' is forbidden? Which one did the seller promise to sell, and in which regard are the old crops better than the new ones?
Why is that?
(c) Under which circumstances does the Tana permit the sale of wine which
became mixed with water, in a store?
(d) Then why is he not permitted, under the same circumstances, to sell the
barrel to a merchant?
(a) When is it permitted to sell wine mixed with water even without
informing the purchaser?
(b) On what grounds is a merchant permitted to buy corn from five producers
and to place them all in the same pile in order to sell them?
(c) May he do the same with wine that he purchased from five wine-producers?
(d) Under which circumstances is it forbidden to do that?
(a) Why might new grain cost more than old?
(b) Does this then mean that the seller will be allowed to add new crops to
the old ones that he promised to sell the purchaser?
(c) Our Mishnah stated 'be'Emes Amru' with regard to the Din of mixing hard
wine with soft.
How does Rebbi Elazar interpret 'be'Emes Amru'?
(d) Is the seller permitted to mix ...
- ... soft (mild) wine with hard (strong) wine?
- ... old grain with new grain?
(a) Rav Nachman confines the Mishnah's concession of mixing hard wine with
soft to when the barrels are still near the wine-press.
Why is that?
(b) Nowadays however, it is permissible to do so even at a later stage.
What reason does Rav Papa give for that?
(c) Rav Acha B'rei de'Rav Ika disagrees. He establishes the Mishnah's ruling
like Rebbi Acha.
What does Rebbi Acha say?
(a) Our Mishnah first forbids the seller to add dregs to the wine, then adds
that he may give him its dregs.
Why can we not resolve the seeming
contradiction by establishing the second statement when he informed the
purchaser of what he had done?
(b) Rav Yehudah therefore establishes the first statement by the dregs of
yesterday, and the second, by the dregs of today.
What does he really mean
(c)Then why did he say what he said?
(d) We corroborate Rav Yehudah's answer from a Beraisa, where Rebbi Yehudah
says the same thing.
What does Rebbi Yehudah mean when he speaks about
(a) What did Rava once do when, after diluting his wine, he found it to be
(b) On what grounds did Abaye query him?
(c) How did Rava dismiss Abaye's concern that the merchant might then add a
little wine to dispel Rava's trademark?
(d) The Beraisa comments on the Mishnah's concession of adding water to wine
if that is local custom, 'le'Mechtzah, li'Shelish ve'li'Revi'a'.
qualifier does Rav add?
(a) Why does Rebbi Yehudah prohibit a storekeeper from ...
Answers to questions
(b) On what grounds do the Chachamim then permit ...
- ... distributing pop-corn and nuts to his young customers?
- ... selling his goods at a reduced price?
(c) Why does Aba Shaul prohibit removing the chaff before selling the corn?
- ... the distribution of pop-corn and nuts to one's young customers?
- ... the reduction the price of one's goods? Why did they say 'Zachur la'Tov'?
(d) And why do the Chachamim then permit it?
(e) What do the Chachamim concede to Aba Shaul?
(a) Who are the Chachamim who permit the seller to remove the chaff from the
corn before selling it?
(b) Our Mishnah forbids the seller to beautify a person, an animal or
vessels that he is selling.
What is the Tana referring to when he speaks
about selling a person?
(c) The Beraisa forbids the 'Shirvut' of an animal. 'Shirvut' might mean
feeding it with oat-water.
What will that achieve?
(d) How does Ze'iri Amar Rav Kahana explain 'Shirvut'?
(e) Which other two things does the Tana forbid regarding the meat of an
(a) Various Amora'im permitted the seller to enhance the looks of their
wares prior to selling. What did ...
(b) How do we reconcile all of these with our Mishnah, which forbids
beautifying vessels prior to selling them?
- ... Shmuel permit a seller to do with a cloak?
- ... Rav Yehudah permit him to do with colored clothes?
- ... Rabah permit him to do with a hemp garment?
- ... Rava permit him to do with arrows, and Rav Papa bar Shmuel, with baskets?
(a) On what grounds did Rava decline to purchase that 'black-haired and
black-bearded' Cana'ani who asked him to buy him?
***** Hadran Alach 'ha'Zahav' *****
(b) How do we know that he was a Cana'ani and not a Jew?
(c) Rav Papa bar Shmuel did purchase him.
What did the Eved do when his
new master asked him to get him a drink of water?
(d) To whom was Rav Papa bar Shmuel referring when he quoted the Pasuk in
- ... "Tzadik mi'Tzarah Nechlatz"?
- ... ve'Yavo Acher Tachtav"?
***** Perek Eizehu Neshech *****
(a) How does the Tana describe 'Neshech'? What is its literal meaning?
(b) The Tana then describes Tarbis.
If Reuven owes Shimon wheat that he
sold him for a Dinar Zahav, and the price rises to thirty Dinrim, under what
condition is he now permitted to give Shimon wheat to the value of thirty
Dinrim? Does it matter that he did not have wheat at the time of the sale?
(c) Why is this permitted?
(d) Then what turns this case into 'Tarbis'?
(a) We refer to Neshech in our Mishnah as Ribis d'Oraysa, and Tarbis, as
What is the basis of this difference? What makes the
Seifa a case of Ribis de'Rabbanan?
(b) We extrapolate from the previous statement that the Tana clearly
considers Neshech and Tarbis to be one and the same thing.
What problem do
we have with that?
(c) Why do we think that if Reuven lends Shimon ...
(d) On what grounds do we refute ...
- ... a hundred measures for a hundred and twenty, only initially a hundred measures is worth a Danka (a sixth of a Zuz [also known as a Ma'ah]), and by the time Shimon pays Reuven, a Danka can buy a hundred and twenty measures, this is Neshech but not Tarbis.
- ... a hundred measures for a hundred measures, only initially, a hundred measures cost a Danka, and by the time Shimon pays him, it costs a fifth of a Zuz, this is Tarbis but not Neshech?
- ... the first proposal? Why is this not considered Neshech but not Tarbis?
- ... the second proposal? Why is this not a case of Tarbis but not Neshech?
(a) Seeing as we conclude that there is no such thing as Neshech without
Tarbis or Tarbis without Neshech, why does the Torah then present them both
as if they were two La'avin?
Answers to questions
(b) The Torah writes in Behar "Lo Sachich le'Achicha Neshech Kesef, Neshech
From where do we know that the La'av of Neshech pertains to food?
(c) If the La'av in Behar refers to the creditor, to whom does the La'av in
Ki Seitzei refer?
(d) How do we know that the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei "Lo Sashich le'Achicha
*Neshech* Kesef *Neshech* Ochel" includes Ribis (see Tosfos)?