REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 42
(a) What does the Beraisa prove from the Pasuk in Yechezkel "Va'yikacheinu
be'Tzitzis Roshi"? What does 'Anaf' mean?
(b) Abaye rules that one must separate them 'ki Tzutzisa de'Arma'i'.
does this mean?
(c) According to the Tana Kama in the Beraisa, if one attached the Tzitzis
to the Keren or to the G'dil, they are Kasher.
What is ...
(d) What does Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov say?
- ... 'Keren'?
- ... 'G'dil'?
(a) Who is the author of the Beraisa which writes 'Tzitzis Tzerichah
she'Tehei Notefes al ha'Keren'? What does this mean?
(b) What is his source for this ruling?
(c) According to Rebbi Ya'akov, how far from the edge of the garment must
the Tzitzis be attached?
(d) Why do we need the rulings of both Rebbi Ya'akov and Rav Papa (who gave
the Shi'ur earlier as within three finger-breadths)? What would we have
thought had we only been given the Shi'ur of ...
- ... Rav Papa (but not that of Rebbi Ya'akov)?
- ... Rebbi Ya'akov (but not that of Rav Papa)?
(a) What did Rav Sama notice about the corner of Ravina's Tzitzis, when they
were once sitting in front of Rav Ashi?
(b) What did Ravina reply when Rav Sama quoted Rebbi Ya'akov's previous
(c) What did Rav Ashi say about Ravina, to alleviate Rav Sama's
(a) Rav Acha bar Ya'akov would fold the four Tzitzis into eight before
placing them through the hole in the Beged.
Why did he do that?
(b) What did he do next?
(c) And why did Rebbi Yirmiyah from Difti attach eight Tzitzis to the Beged,
instead of four? Would he do next?
(d) What did Mar b'rei de'Revina used to do?
(a) What B'rachah would Rav Ada bar Ahavah do when attaching the Tzitzis to
(b) What was Rav Nachman's reaction, when he once came across him doing
(c) This was based on a statement of Rav.
What did Rav say?
(a) When Rav Huna died, Rav Chisda asked how Rav could have said such a
thing, in view of another ruling of his.
What did Rav Yehudah Amar Rav
learn from the Pasuk in Sh'lach "Daber el B'nei Yisrael ... ve'Asu Lahem
(b) What Kashya did Rav Chisda pose on Rav from here?
(c) On what principle is this Kashya based?
(d) Rebbi Meir rules in a Beraisa that in a town where there is no Mohel, if
there is a choice between a Nochri doctor and a Kuti, it is preferable for
the former to perform the Milah.
Why is that?
(e) What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(a) What B'rachah does one recite over the Milah?
(b) From which Tana do we now ask a Kashya on Rav?
(c) We answer this Kashya by pointing out that it is aimed at Rav, who
follows his own reasoning.
What does Rav Papa in the name of Rav learn
from the Pasuk in Lech-Lecha "va'Atah es B'risi Tishmor"?
(d) And how does Rebbi Yochanan learn it from "Himol Yimol"?
(a) What does the Beraisa say about 'Sukas Ovdei-Kochavim, Sukas Nashim,
Sukas Beheimah ... ', provided they have sufficient S'chach?
Answers to questions
(b) What B'rachah does a person recite when he comes to ...
(c) How does this support Rav Chisda's principle?
- ... build himself a Sukah (though we do not do this nowadays)?
- ... sit in his Sucah?
(a) On the other hand, we query Rav Chisda's principle from Tefilin.
does the Beraisa quoted by Rav Chin'na b'rei de'Rava from Pashranya say
about a Seifer-Torah, Tefilin and Mezuzos written by ...
(b) What is the source for all this?
- ... a Miyn, a Masur or an Akum?
- ... an Eved, a woman or a Katan?
(c) We already cited Rav Chiya b'rei de'Rav Huna in the name of Rebbi
Yochanan, regarding the B'rachah that one recites when putting on Tefilin
shel Yad and Tefilin shel Rosh.
What can we infer from there regarding the
B'rachah 'La'asos Tefilin'?
(d) What do we prove from there?
(a) How do we therefore change the criterion for which Mitzvos require a
B'rachah? Why does ...
(b) What is then the basis of the Machlokes between Rav Nachman and Rav
Chisda? Why does ...
- ... Milah require a B'rachah even though a Nochri is permitted to perform it?
- ... neither Sukah nor Tefilin require a B'rachah ('La'asos Sukah' & 'La'asos Tefilin' respectively), the latter even though a Nochri is forbidden to perform it?
(c) Rav Mordechai cited Rav Yehudah Amar Rav differently.
- ... the latter hold that Tzitzis requires a B'rachah ('La'asos Tzitzis)?
- ...the former hold that it does not?
According to his
version, what does the latter learn from the Pasuk "Daber el B'nei Yisrael
... Ve'asu Lahem Tzitzis"?
(d) How does that resolve the contradiction in Rav (Rav Chisda's principle)
with which we began?
(a) Rav Yehudah Amar Rav disqualifies Tzitzis that comprise loose threads
hanging from a woven fabric.
Why does he refer to them as 'Kotzin'?
(b) He also incorporates Nimin (sewn threads that similarly extend from the
garment) and Gardin.
What are 'Gardin'?
(c) Why are all of these Pasul?
(a) On the other hand, Rav validates thread taken from Sisin (a ball of
What did Shmuel say when they told him of Rav's ruling? Why is
(b) We conclude that this a Machlokes Tana'im.
What does the Tana Kama of
the Beraisa say about Tefilin ...
(c) He permits covering the Tefilin however, with the skin of a Kasher
- ... that one overlaid with gold? Why is that?
- ... over which they placed the skin of a Tamei animal? Why is that?
On what grounds does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel invalidate
(d) Like whom do Rav and Shmuel (respectively) now hold?
(a) Abaye asked Rav Shmuel bar Rav Yehudah how he prepared Techeiles. He
replied that he took the blood of a Chilazon and dyes.
What did he do with
(b) What do we learn from the fact that the wad of wool needs to be burned?
- ... them?
- ... the little that he placed inside half an egg-shell?
(c) How does Rav Ashi explain the statement that the dyeing must be done
li'Shemah as an independent Limud, when really they are one and the same?
(d) And what do we learn from the fact that the contents of the egg-sell
need to be burned?
(a) What does Rebbi Chanina ben Gamliel in a Beraisa learn from the Pasuk
in in Tetzaveh "K'lil Techeiles"?
(b) And what does Rebbi Yochanan ben Dahavai learn from the Pasuk "u'Sheni
Tola'as"? What does that have to do with Techeiles?
(c) We learned in a Beraisa that Techeiles cannot be examined.
Techeiles require examination?
(d) What care does the Tana therefore require someone purchasing Techeiles
(a) The same Tana requires Tefilin to be purchased from an expert, even
though they can be examined (for extra or missing letters).
Answers to questions
Why is that?
(b) In that case, why does the Beraisa conclude 'Sefarim u'Mezuzos ...
Nikchin mi'Kol Adam'?
(c) What problem do we have with the opening statement of the Beraisa
'Techeiles Ein Lah Bedikah'?