REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 38
***** Perek ha'Techeiles *****
(a) Our Mishnah discusses the T'cheiles and the Lavan of Tzitzis.
threads of the Tzitzis must be dyed Techeiles?
(b) Are T'cheiles and Lavan Me'akev each other?
(c) What are the ramifications of the previous ruling?
(d) Are the shel Yad and the shel Rosh Me'akev each other?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Sh'lach- Lecha "al Tzitzis ha'Kanaf"?
(b) What does that mean in practical terms?
(c) What does Rebbi learn from the fact that after "al Tzitzis ha'Kanaf" and
"P'sil Techeiles", the Torah writes "u'Re'isem Oso"?
(d) How do the Rabbanan counter that, based on the word "Oso"?
(a) To reconcile our Mishnah with Rebbi, how does Rav Yehudah Amar Rav,
based on a Beraisa, establish 'Me'akeves'?
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(b) According to the Beraisa, why, when tying the threads, should Lavan
(c) When the Beraisa concludes 've'Im Hikdim T'cheiles le'Lavan Yatza, Ela
Why can the Tana not mean that he is lacking the
Mitzvah of Lavan?
(d) So how does Rav Yehudah Amar Rav explain it?
(a) We just explained how Lavan is not Me'akev Techeiles, even according to
How does Rami bar Chama explain 'ha'Techeiles Einah Me'akeves es
(b) This is also how Levi and Shmuel explained the Sugya, with Rami bar
Chama explaining 'ha'Techeiles Einah Me'akeves es ha'Lavan'.
What did Levi
initially tell Aryoch not to do until he had explained our Mishnah to him?
Who was Aryoch?
(c) Rava objected to Rami bar Chama's explanation.
What did he mean when
he said 'Midi Tziv'a ka'Garim'?
(d) So how does he interpret 'ha'Techeiles Einah Me'akeves es ha'Lavan,
ve'ha'Lavan Eino Me'akev es ha'Techeiles' in our Mishnah, even according to
(a) The current explanation is based on the ruling of B'nei Rebbi Chiya,
which we discussed in the previous Perek (regarding Gardumei Techeiles and
What did bar Hamduri quoting Shmuel, give as the Shi'ur
of Gardumei Techeiles?
(b) What are the two possible interpretations of 'K'dei le'Anvan'?
(c) Which is the correct one?
(a) What She'eilah did Rav Ashi ask about a case where the threads are too
thick to tie into a knot?
The Tana who argues with Rebbi is Rebbi Yitzchak ... in the name of Rebbi
Yochanan ben Nuri.
(b) How did Rav Acha b'rei de'Rava resolve Rav Ashi's She'eilah?
What does he say about someone who has no Techeiles?
(a) Bearing in mind that Rava disagrees with the previous presumption that
Gardumei Techeiles must require a Shi'ur (see Tosfos DH 'K'dei Le'anvan'),
what is his basis for saying that each Chulya (group of rings) requires a
(b) How do we refute Rava's proof?
(a) What do we learn from the juxtaposition (Semuchin) of the Pesukim in Ki
Seitzei "Lo Silbash Sha'atnez" and "Gedilim Ta'aseh Lach"?
Some take Kesher Elyon to mean specifically the knot next to the garment.
Why does the Rabah refer specifically to that knot and not the knot at the
end of the Tzitzis?
(b) How does Rabah (or Rava) extrapolate from there that the top knot of the
Tzitzis must be d'Oraysa?
(c) Since it really makes no difference where one ties the knot, why does
Rabah refer specifically to 'Kesher Elyon'?
(d) Why do we need a proof that 'Kesher Elyon d'Oraysa'? Without it, the
G'dil will not hold anyway?
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