REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 39
MENACHOS 39 (19 Cheshvan) - Dedicated l'Iluy Nishmas Chaim Mordechai ben
Harav Yisrael Azriel (Feldman) of Milwaukee, by the members of the Feldman
(a) What does Rabah bar Rav Ada ... Amar Rav mean when he says 'Im Nifsak
Chut Me'ikro, Pesulah?
(b) When Rav Nachman repeated Rav's ruling, Rava queried it from a Beraisa,
which requires the full Shi'ur only Lechatchilah, and continues 'Aval
be'Sofo Sheyarav ve'Gardumav Kol-Shehu'.
How did Rava interpret ...
(c) Rav Nachman refuted Rava's Kashya on Rav. How did he explain 'Sheyarav
- ... 'Sheyarav'?
- ... 'Gardumav'?
(a) Why did the Tana then need to mention Sheyarav at all? Why did he not
just say 'Gardumav'?
(b) What does Kol-Shehu then mean?
(a) What did Rabah in the name of Rav say about the thread that one uses to
wind round the other threads (to form the G'dil)?
(b) What did Rabah mean when quoting Shmuel, he said 'Techeiles she'Karach
(c) And what did he mean by 'Techeiles'?
(a) Rav Yosef disagreed with Rabah over the authorship of both of his
To whom did he attribute them?
(b) Who did actually made the statements?
(c) Rebbi Chiya b'rei de'Rav Nasan adds two details to Rav Huna ... Amar
What does he mean when he gives one Chulya as the minimum
Shi'ur for the G'dil? How much is one Chulya?
(d) And what does he prescribe as the 'Noy Techeiles' (the ideal way of
arranging the Tzitzis)?
(a) The Beraisa gives the minimum Shi'ur G'dil as seven K'richos, and the
maximum as thirteen.
Answers to questions
What do these numbers symbolize?
(b) What does the Mitzvah of Tzitzis have to do with the seven Heavens?
(c) According to another Beraisa, the first and last K'richos are done with
a Lavan thread, and the middle ones, with Techeiles.
Why is that?
(d) What is the reason for the Minhag to arrange five knots (and
consequently four Chulyos) in our Tzitzis?
(a) What was unusual about ...
(b) What did Rav comment about ...
- ... the garment of the man who walked past Rabah bar bar Chanah and Rav?
- ... the same man's Tzitzis?
(c) What did Rabah bar bar Chanah say?
- ... his garment?
- ... his Tzitzis?
(d) How did Rabah bar bar Chanah reconcile the two Pesukim "*Gedilim*
Ta'aseh Lach" (in Kedoshim) and "Ve'nasnu ... *P'sil* Techeiles" (in
(a) According to Rav, both are necessary.
Why does the Torah write
"Gedilim" (in the plural)? What would we have said had it written "Gedil
(b) We conclude 'Asei Gedil u'Pasleihu mi'Tocho'.
What might this mean
(see Shitah Mekubetzes 1)?
(a) On what grounds do we permit Sha'atnez on a linen garment (Sadin
(b) What is the problem with Shmuel's ruling, permitting even the Lavan to
be made of wool too?
(c) Then on what grounds do we permit it?
(d) We ask what the Din will be in the reverse case, whether one may also
attach linen Tzitzis to a woolen garment.
On what grounds might this be
(a) We resolve this She'eilah from a statement of Rachbah Amar Rav Yehudah.
What does he say about attaching ...
(b) What is the basis of Rav Yehudah's latter ruling? Why might we have
- ... woolen Tzitzis on to a linen garment and vice-versa?
- ... Tzitzis of wool (of Techeiles) and linen (of Lavan) on to silken garments?
(a) Rav Nachman disagrees with Rav Yehudah.
What does he say about silken
garments of four corners?
(b) What did Rav Nachman reply when Rava queried him from ...
(c) What does the Beraisa say in the Seifa about Tzitzis made of silk?
- ... a Beraisa which specifically obligates a garment of silk or of Chalach or Sarikin (by-products of silk)?
- ... the Seifa 've'Chulan Tzemer u'Pishtim Potrin Bahem'?
(d) How do we attempt to prove from there that silken garments are indeed
only Chayav mi'de'Rabbanan (like Rav Nachman)?
(a) We refute this proof however, with a D'rashah of Rava.
Answers to questions
How does Rava
reconcile "ha'Kanaf", 'Miyn Kanaf' with "Tzemer u'Pishtim"?
(b) Rav Nachman however, learns like Tana de'Bei Rebbi Yishmael.
Torah writes "al Kanfei Bigdeihem" S'tam, from where does Tana de'bei Rebbi
Yishmael learn that it refers exclusively to wool and linen garments?
(c) Abaye cites another Tana de'Bei Rebbi Yishmael.
What does the Beraisa
learn from the word "O" in Tazri'a ("be'Veged Tzemer O be'Veged Pishtim")?
(d) What does Abaye extrapolate from there?