REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Menachos 98
MENACHOS 96-99 - 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) How does Rebbi Yochanan define an Amah Beinonis?
(b) How does Rebbi Yossi bar Avin prove this from the fact that Rebbi Meir
in our Mishnah, gives the measurements of the Shulchan as six by twelve
(c) What can we infer from the fact that the Tana refers to an Amah of six
Tefachim as 'Amah Beinonis'?
(a) The Mishnah in Keilim refers to two 'Amos' on the north and south
eastern corners of Shushan ha'Birah.
What was 'Shushan ha'Birah'?
(b) What did these two 'Amos' comprise?
(c) What was their function? Why were they necessary?
(d) How did they achieve their purpose?
(e) Why was it necessary to have *two* such 'Amos'?
(a) Rav Chisda and Rav Yitzchak bar Avdimi argue about the reason for
'Shushan ha'Birah'. One of them explains that it was in order to remind them
from where they came.
What was the point of that?
(b) What does the other one say?
(c) Rebbi Yanai learns the concept of Eimas Malchus from Moshe's words to
Paroh. How does he derive it from the Pasuk in Bo "Ve'yardu Kol Avadecha
Eileh Eilai Ve'hishtachavu Li ... "?
(d) Rebbi Yochanan learns it from Eliyahu.
What unprecedented honor did he
afford the wicked Achav?
(a) Rav Chisda and Rav Yitzchak bar Avdimi argue over the Pasuk in Yechezkel
What is the Pasuk referring to?
(b) Chizkiyah and bar Kapara already indulged in the same Machlokes.
According to Chizkiyah, the leaves of those trees will cure the dumb
('Lehatir Peh Ilmin').
What does bar Kapara say?
(c) What is the source for both opinions?
(a) The Torah writes in Emor "Ve'lakachta So'les Ve'afisa Osam Sh'teim-Esrei
Chalos Ve'samta Osam Shetayim Ma'arachos, Sheish ha'Ma'araches." What would
we have thought, had the Pasuk ...
(b) So if the Kohanim were to place two rows, one of eight loaves, the other
of four, they would not be Yotzei.
- ... omitted "Sheish ha'Ma'araches"?
- ... omitted "Sh'teim-Esrei"?
- ... written "Ve'lakachta So'les Ve'afisa Osam Sh'teim-Esrei Chalos Ve'samta Osam Ma'arachos al ha'Shulchan"?
What does Rebbi say in a case where
they placed two rows of seven?
(c) What is the problem with this, based on the Pasuk "Ve'nasata al
ha'Ma'araches Levonah Zakah"?
(d) How did Rav Chisda, speaking to Rav Hamnuna (or vice-versa) solve it?
(a) The Beraisa states that all the Keilim in the Beis-Hamikdash were placed
lengthwise along the length of the Bayis, except for one.
(b) And what does the Tana mean when, after adding that its length was
placed across the width (from north to south), continues 've'Kach Hayah
Munach, ve'Kach Hayu Badav Munachim'?
(c) We even cite a Beraisa to prove that this was the way the Aron stood.
How does Rebbi Yehudah there prove that the poles must have been arranged
along the width of the Aron and not along its length?
(d) And what does he learn from the Pasuk in Beha'aloscha "Ve'nas'u
ha'Kehasim, Nos'ei ha'Mikdash"?
(a) What does the Beraisa learn from the Pasuk in Melachim ...
Answers to questions
(b) Which 'Paroches' is the Pasuk referring to?
- ... "Va'ya'arichu ha'Badim ... Va'yera'u"?
- ... "Lo Yera'u Ha'chutzah"?
(c) Besides the fact that the Pasuk per se, is speaking about the first
Beis-Hamikdash, why could it not refer to the two curtains that divided
between the Heichal and the D'vir)?
(d) And what does the Tana learn from the Pasuk in Shir Hashirim "Tz'ror
ha'Mor Dodi Li, bein Shadai Yalin"?
(a) The Beraisa discusses the ten tables that Shlomoh Hamelech made.
the Navi in Melachim refers to "five on the right and five on the left",
why can he not mean five on the right of the entrance (of the Heichal) and
five on the left?
(b) So what does he mean? How were these tables then arranged?
(c) How do we reconcile the Beraisa, which places them on the inner half of
the Bayis with the Beraisa which places them in the middle third?
(a) According to Rebbi, the tables were placed from east to west.
does Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon say?
(b) Rebbi learns his opinion with a 'Binyan Av' from the Menorah.
does he learn from the Pasuk in Emor (in connection with the Menorah)
"Ya'aroch Oso Aharon ... Lifnei Hashem"?
(c) From where does Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon learn that the tables were
arranged from north to south?
(d) On what grounds does Rebbi learn from the Menorah rather than from the
(a) On what grounds does Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon disagree with Rebbi?
Why does he not also learn Chutz from Chutz?
(b) How does he then explain the Pasuk "Ya'aroch Oso Aharon ... Lifnei
(c) What does he then learn from the Pasuk in Beha'aloscha "el Mul P'nei
ha'Menorah Ya'iru Shiv'as ha'Neiros"?
(d) What principle does Rebbi Nasan (or Rebbi Yochanan) learn from here?
(e) What are its ramifications?
(a) We query Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon on four scores. What would be the
problem fitting the ten tables from north to south?
(b) What practical problem remains, even assuming that they could be
(c) What third problem exists, that we have already mentioned before?
(a) What problem remains that is difficult according to Rebbi as well?
Answers to questions
(b) Why will the fact that not all the tables will be entirely in the inner
half of the Heichal, not bother Rebbi?
(c) How do we basically answer all the Kashyos on both opinions?