ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 109
MENACHOS 109-110 - Two weeks of study material have been dedicated by Mrs.
Estanne Abraham Fawer to honor the fourth Yahrzeit of her father, Reb
Mordechai ben Eliezer Zvi (Weiner), who passed away 18 Teves 5760. May the
merit of supporting and advancing Talmud study during the week of his
Yahrzeit serve as an Iluy for his Neshamah.
(a) Our Mishnah rules that if someone says 'Harei Alai Olah' and who
subsequently brings it in Beis Chonyo (which will be explained later in the
Sugya) - is not Yotzei.
(b) The Tana rules that if the Noder added that he would bring it in Beis
Chonyo, he is nevertheless obligated to bring it in the Beis-Hamikdash -
because having declared 'Harei Alai Olah', he is obligated to bring a Kasher
(c) According to Rebbi Shimon, he is not even Yotzei Bedi'eved, if he
brought it in Beis Chonyo. The Tana Kama says - he is.
(d) According to the Tana someone who declares that he is a Nazir ...
1. ... and shaves in Beis Chonyo - is not Yotzei.
2. ... and adds that he will shave in Beis Chonyo - is obligated to shave in
3. ... adding that he will shave in Beis Chonyo, and does - is Yotzei
according to the Tana Kama, but not according to Rebbi Shimon.
(a) Someone who sacrifices in Beis Chonyo - is Chayav Kareis (because of
(b) Rav Hamnuna explains that our Mishnah rules 've'Im Hikrivah be'Veis
Chonyo, Yatza', in spite of the Chiyuv Kareis - because it is as if he said
that he knows that he will get killed, and that he accepts no Achrayus
(liability) on the Korban (which simply means that he is no longer Chayav to
(c) Rava disproves Rav Hamnuna's answer from the Seifa 've'Im Gilach be'Veis
Chonyo, Yatza' - because in that case, without shaving in the
Beis-Hamikdash, how can his Korban be Kasher?
(d) Consequently, Rava explains - that the Noder does not mean to bring a
Korban, only to give a gift to the best of his ability. If it is too far to
travel to the Beis-Hamikdash, then he intends to bring his Korban (or shave
his hair) in Beis Chonyo, in which case, he is not Chayav Kareis either.
(a) Rav Hamnuna concedes that Rava is right - with regard to the Din of
Nezirus, yet he retains his own interpretation of the Mishnah - regarding
that of Olah.
(b) Rebbi Yochanan concurs with Rav Hamnuna. Rabah bar Chanah says in his
name that someone who says 'Harei Alai Olah she'Akrivenah be'Veis Chonyo',
and who subsequently brings it somewhere in Eretz Yisrael - is Yotzei and is
(c) Even though he did not bring the Korban in Beis Chonyo, he is
nevertheless Yotzei - because Beis Chonyo has no Halachic significance, in
which case it makes no difference where he brings it outside the
(a) Finally, we support Rav Hamnuna with a Beraisa, which rules 'Harei Alai
Olah she'Akrivenah ba'Midbar, Ve'hikrivah be'Eiver ha'Yarden (i.e. in Eretz
Yisrael [the other side of the Midbar]) - Yatza ve'Anush Kareis'.
(b) The Noder spoke about bringing his Korban in the desert - because he
believed that, on account of the Mishkan, the desert remained Kadosh even
after Yisrael had left it.
(a) Our Mishnah rules that the Kohanim who served in Beis Chonyo - may not
serve in the Beis-Hamikdash.
(b) When the Tana adds 've'Ein Tzarich Lomar le'Davar Acher', he means -
that it goes without saying that Kohanim who served Avodah-Zarah are
forbidden to do so.
(c) This is based on a Pasuk, where the Navi writes - that Kohanim who
served on the Bamos are not permitted to ascend the Mizbe'ach.
(d) The Tana ascribes to them the Din of Ba'alei-Mumin - which permits them
to receive a portion of Kodshim and to eat them, but not to sacrifice them.
(a) When Rav Yehudah describes the Korban of a Kohen who Shechted to Avodah
Zarah as 'Re'ach Ni'cho'ach', he is referring to - a Kohen who sacrifices a
Korban, after having Shechted to Avodah Zarah.
(b) He learns this from the Pasuk "Ya'an Asher Yesharsu Osam Lifnei
Giluleihem ... ve'Yigshu Eilai Lechahen Li" - which invalidates a Kohen who
has served (been Meshares) to Avodah Zarah from serving in the
Beis-Hamikdash, precluding Shechitah, which is not called 'Sheirus' ...
(c) ... since it is Kasher when performed by a Zar.
(a) According to Rav Nachman, the Korban of a Kohen who performed Zerikah
for Avodah-Zarah is Kasher. Rav Sheishes rules - that it is Pasul.
(b) Rav Sheishes derives his opinion from the previous Pasuk "Ve'hayu
le'Veis Yisrael le'Michshol Avon" - since "Avon" implies be'Meizid, and
(c) Rav Nachman explains - the two words as one thing 'le'Michshol de'Avon'
(a 'Shogeg sin').
(a) Rav Nachman learns from the Pasuk (in connection with the Korban for
having worshipped Avodah-Zarah) "Ve'chiper ha'Kohen al ha'Nefesh ha'Shogeges
*be'Chet'ah bi'Shegagah*" - that a Kohen who sacrificed to Avodah-Zarah
be'Shogeg - may bring his own Korban.
(b) The Pasuk must be referring to a Kohen who performed Zerikah be'Shogeg
and not Shechitah - because for Shechitah, he maintains, it would be
permitted even if he had sinned be'Meizid.
(c) Rav Sheishes counters Rav Nachman's proof - because in his opinion, even
Shechitah to Avodah-Zarah will invalidate a Kohen from sacrificing Korbanos,
if he performed it be'Meizid.
(d) Rav Nachman and Rav Sheishes argue specifically over Shechitah
be'Meizid. Rav Nachman's reason, as we already explained, is because it is
not called 'Sheirus'. But Rav Sheishes holds - that when all's said and
done, he became a 'servant of Avodah Zarah'.
(a) Rav Nachman proves his ruling from a Beraisa, which rules that if a
Kohen who served Avodah-Zarah and did Teshuvah - 'Korbano Re'ach Nicho'ach'.
(b) He proves that the Tana is speaking about ...
1. ... Meizid - because if it had been be'Shogeg, it would not require
Teshuvah (since the Kohen never meant to sin in the first place).
(c) In refuting Rav Nachman's proof, Rav Sheishes, explains 'Shav' to mean -
'Shav Me'ikaro' (which is equivalent to Shogeg (in which case, the Tana is
speaking specifically about Shechitah be'Shogeg).
2. ... Shechitah - because if the Tana was taking about Zerikah (be'Meizid),
doing Teshuvah would not permit him to serve in the Beis-Hamikdash.
(a) If the Kohen prostrated himself before an idol, Rav Nachman holds
'Korbano Re'ach Nicho'ach'. Rav Sheishes holds - 'Ein Korbano Re'ach
(b) Rav Nachman and Rav Sheishes need to argue the same Machlokes so many
times. We would have thought, had they argued with regard to ...
1. ... Zerikah (be'Shogeg), but not by Shechitah (be'Meizid) - that Rav
Sheishes only argues with Rav Nachman in the former, because the Kohen
performed Sheirus, but not in the latter, where he did not.
(c) They also argue over 'Hodeh' (a Kohen who declares his belief in the
divine character of an idol), in spite of their having presented their
Machlokes by 'Hishtachaveh' - because the latter entails an act, whereas the
former entails only speech (and we might have thought that Rav Sheishes
concedes to Rav Nachman there).
2. ... Shechitah (be'Meizid), but not with regard to Hishtachavayah
(be'Meizid) - that Rav Sheishes only argues with Rav Nachman in the former,
because the Kohen did perform an Avodah, but not in the latter, where he
(a) We can extrapolate from the fact that, when switching from Beis Chonyo
to Avodah-Zarah, our Mishnah used the expression 've'Ein Tzarich Lomar Davar
Acher' - that Beis Chonyo was not an Avodah Zarah.
(b) This concurs with one opinion in a Beraisa. According to Rebbi Meir
there, Shimon ha'Tzadik discovered one Yom Kipur that he was not destined to
survive that year - when, instead of the old man (see Tosfos DH 'Nizdamen
Li') dressed in white, accompanying him both into the Kodesh Kodshim and out
of it, that year he was dressed in black, and accompanied him in, but not
(c) Shimon ha'Tzadik died - after Succos (after an illness lasting seven
days). At the time of his death, the Kohanim refrained from blessing the
people with the Name of Hashem.
(d) Shim'i, Shimon ha'Tzadik's son, was jealous of - his brother Chonyo,
whom his father appointed Kohen Gadol just before he died (and who was two
and a half years his junior).
(a) In an attempt (that almost succeeded) to make the other Kohanim kill
him, Shim'i, making out that he was teaching his brother the Dinim of the
Avodah, dressed him in a leather garment and girded him with a leather belt,
and then aroused the wrath of the Kohanim by telling them that Chonyo had
made a Neder to his wife that on the day that he became Kohen Gadol, he
would wear her leather garment and gird himself with her belt.
(b) When the Kohanim wanted to kill him, Chonyo escaped to - Alexandria in
Egypt, where he built a Mizbe'ach upon which he sacrificed to Avodah Zarah.
(c) The Chachamim learn from this episode - that if a person is capable of
attempting to kill his brother because of a position that he merely coveted,
imagine what a person who is demoted from an important position, is capable
of doing. So we should learn from here to be extremely wary of removing
someone from a high position.
(a) Rebbi Yehudah disagrees with Rebbi Meir. He learns from the Pasuk
"be'Yom ha'Hu Yih'yeh Mizbe'ach la'Hashem be'Toch Eretz Mitzrayim ... " -
that Chonyo built the Mizbe'ach in Mitzrayim le'Shem Shamayim (and not to
le'Shem Avodah Zarah).
(b) Rebbi Yehudah also argues over the details of the story. According to
him, Chonyo declined to accept his father's appointment - because he did
not want to step on his older brother Shim'i's toes.
(c) Nevertheless, he subsequently became jealous of Shim'i.
(a) In fact, says Rebbi Yehudah - it was Chonyo who aroused the Kohanim's
ire, by doing to Shim'i precisely what Rebbi Meir maintains, Shim'i did to
(b) ... and it was he who ended up having to escape in Alexandria - because
his plan backfired, when before the Kohanim had a chance to kill Shim'i, he
managed to tell them what had happened, and they turned on Chonyo.
(c) He first escaped - to the King's palace, but when everyone who saw him
pointed him out to his pursuers, he fled to Alexandria (see Agados
(d) The Chachamim learn from this episode - that if someone who initially
runs away from Kavod can attain such a level of jealousy for a position that
he merely covets, imagine what a person who wants Kavod is capable of doing.
So we should learn from here not to stand in the way of a person who is
(a) Rebbi Yehoshua ben P'rachya in a Beraisa ...
1. ... initially said that if someone would encourage him to accept the
position of Nasi - he would tie him up and place him in front of a lion.
(b) And he cited a precedence for this change of heart from Shaul
ha'Melech - who was found hiding among the vessels when they Shmuel wanted
to crown him king, yet he tried to kill David because he considered him to
be a threat to the throne.
2. ... later said that if anyone would encourage him to step down - he would
pour a kettle of boiling water on his head.
(c) Others have the text 'Kol ha'Omer Olah O Minchah Alai ... (instead of
'Kol ha'Omer Alai'. What Rebbi Yehoshua ben P'rachya was then saying was -
that he took a dim view of someone who made a Neder to bring a Korban
('Harei Alai ... '), as we shall see at the beginning of Chulin.