REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 33
(a) What did Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel say about writing a Mezuzah on two
separate pieces of parchment, half on one, and half on the other?
(b) We learned in a Beraisa 'Kasvah al Sh'nei Dapin Ve'hinichah al Sh'nei
Sipin, Pesulah'. What does this Beraisa imply that poses a Kashya on Shmuel?
(c) How do we explain 'bi'Sh'nei Sipin' to reconcile this with Sh'muel?
(a) Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel rules that we go after 'Heker Tzir', which Rav
Ada interprets as 'Avaksa'.
What does 'Avaksa' mean?
(b) Heker Tzir solves the problem of two rooms next to each other (e.g. one
for guests, and the other, for the house-wife to do her work discreetly),
both with doors leading to the street.
What is now the problem?
(c) How does Heker Tzir solve it?
(d) What did Rav Nachman reply, when the Resh Galusa asked him to fix
Mezuzos on the door-posts, before the latter were put in place?
(a) What does Rav Yehudah Amar Rav say about a Mezuzah that is fixed like a
bolt? What does that mean?
(b) When Rav Yitzchak bar Yosef arrived from Eretz Yisrael, what did he say
(c) To reconcile Rav's current ruling with Rav Yitzchak bar Yosef's
testimony, we establish the latter 'ke'Istevira'.
- ... all the Mezuzos in Rebbi's house?
- ... the small doorway next to Rebbi's seat in Shul? What purpose did it serve?
What is an 'Istevira'?
(d) What might this mean, besides 'vertical like an ankle'?
(a) If Rebbi's Shul door did not have a Mezuzah, why did Rav Huna fix a
Mezuzah on his?
(b) This is based on a statement of Rav Yehudah Amar Rav.
What did Rav
Yehudah Amar Rav mean when he said 'bi'Mezuzah Halach Achar ha'Ragil'?
(a) What does Rav Zeira ... Amar Shmuel say about the height at which a
Mezuzah should be fixed?
Answers to questions
(b) What does Rav Huna hold?
(c) Rav Huna conforms with Rebbi Yehudah in a Beraisa.
What does Rebbi
Yossi there say, based on the Hekesh "u'Keshartam" "u'Chesavtam"?
(d) How does Rav Huna b'rei de'Rav Nasan reconcile Shmuel with Rebbi Yossi?
What does Shmuel really mean by 'Sh'lish ha'Elyon'?
(a) We already cited Rava, who requires the Mezuzah to be placed on the
Tefach closest to the street. According to the Rabbanan, this is in order to
see the Mezuzah as soon as one arrives home.
What does Rav Chanina from
(b) How does Rebbi Chanina describe the difference between a human king and
(c) Which Pasuk does he quote to support this?
(a) How deep inside the door-post does Rav Yosef b'rei de'Rava permit the
Mezuzah to be?
(b) What does the Beraisa say about someone who places a Mezuzah deep inside
the door-post, or who fixes the Mezuzah in a cavity in the door-post, and
then places a brick in front of the Mezuzah (to fill in the cavity)?
(c) In order to reject the proof for Rava from there, we establish the
Beraisa by 'Pesach she'Achorei ha'Deles'? What does this mean?
(d) It might also refer to the two entrances of a wealthy man's house.
What does this mean?
(a) On what grounds do we query this explanation, based on the continuation
of the Beraisa?
(b) How do we resolve this problem?
(c) What does the Beraisa say about placing a Mezuzah on a door-post that
consists of a bunch of canes?
(d) What does Rav Acha b'rei de'Rava require the owner to do to ensure that
it is not Pasul?
Why might it be Pasul?
(a) Rava exempts Pischi Shima'i from a Mezuzah. Rav Richumi and Aba Yossi
argue over what this means. One says that it means 'de'Leis Lehu Tikra'; the
other, 'de'Leis Lehu Shikfi'.
If the former means that there is no
lintel, then what does the latter mean?
(b) On the other hand, what will the former mean, if the latter means that
there is no lintel?
(c) What is an Achsadra?
(d) What problem do we have with Rabah bar Shiloh Amar Rav Chisda, who
exempts an Achsadra from a Mezuzah because its entrance has no door-post?
(a) So how do we amend Rav Chisda's statement?
(b) Abaye claimed that the Ispelida de'Bei Mar had no Mezuzah.
What did he
mean by 'Ispelida de'Bei Mar'?
(c) The Beraisa obligates fixing a Mezuzah on a Beis-Sha'ar, Achsadra and
Mirpeset. What is a Beis Sha'ar?
(d) On what grounds do we reject the suggestion that the Tana is referring
to 'Achsadra de'Bei Rav'? What is'Achsadra de'Bei Rav'?
(e) So we establish the Beraisa by an Achsadra Rumisa.
What is an
(a) Rachbah Amar Rav Yehudah requires two Mezuzos for Bei Harziki. How does
Rav Papa Saba in the name of Rav explain 'Bei Harziki'?
(b) What is Rav Yehudah coming to teach us? What might we otherwise have
(c) Rebbi Yossi in a Beraisa rules that if a Beis Sha'ar opens into a garden
on one side and a Kitonis (a sun-porch) on the other, it has the Din of a
What do the Chachamim say?
(d) What are the ramifications of this Machlokes?
(a) Rav and Shmuel qualify the Machlokes, confining it to the entrance
What do they say regarding the entrance 'mi'Ginah
(b) They might be referring literally to the door that leads from the garden
to the Beis-Sha'ar.
What does 'mi'Bayis le'Ginah' then mean? Why is it
described in this way?
(c) What else might 'mi'Ginah le'Bayis' and 'mi'Bayis le'Ginah'
(a) Alternatively, Rav and Shmuel are talking about Heker Tzir (which we
discussed on the previous Amud).
Answers to questions
If both Tana'im agree that regarding the
door leading from the garden to the Beis-Sha'ar, we go after 'Heker Tzir',
to require a Mezuzah if the hinge is on the side of the Beis-Sha'ar, what is
their Machlokes regarding the door leading from the Kitonis to the
Beis-Sha'ar, if the Heker Tzir is on the side of the garden?
(b) If Heker Tzir determines whether a door between a man's room and a
woman's room, why does Rebbi Yossi not go after Heker Tzir in this case?
(c) Rabah and Rav Yosef argue with Rav and Shmuel.
How do *they* qualify
(d) If, in their opinion, 'mi'Bayis le'Ginah' is unanimously Patur because
it is first and foremost, the entry-point to the garden, what is the basis
of the Machlokes regarding the door leading from the Kitonis to the
(e) Abaye and Rava rule like Rabah and Rav Yosef.
What does Rav Ashi