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Previous daf Nazir 5
1) WHEN A NAZIR OLAM CUTS HIS HAIR
(a) Rebbi learns a Gezeirah Shaveh "Days-days" from a house
in a walled city.
2) UNSPECIFIED NEZIRUS IS 30 DAYS
1. Just as there, "days" means 12 months - also, here.
(b) R. Nehorai says, he cuts his hair every 30 days; R. Yosi
says, every Erev Shabbos, since this is the way of sons
(c) Question: How can Rebbi learn 12 months from the Gezeirah
Shaveh - Rebbi says, "days" means 2 (the house may not be
redeemed within 2 days)!
(d) Answer: The Gezeirah Shaveh teaches when his hair is too
cumbersome - this is not after 2 days!
(e) Suggestion: Why not learn 2 years, from a Gezeirah Shaveh
to "At the end of 2 years of days"?
(f) Answer: By Avshalom, it only says days, not years - it is
better to learn from another such place, and not from
"years of days".
(g) Suggestion: Why not learn 1 month, from a Gezeirah Shaveh
to "Until a month of days"?
(h) Answer: It is better to learn "days" from "days", and not
from "month of days".
(i) Suggestion: Why not learn (4 days a year) from a Gezeirah
Shaveh to "Miyamim Yemimah (from days to days)"?
(j) Answer #1: It is better to learn "Yamim" from "Yamim",
and not from "Yemimah".
1. Question: Why not?
(k) Answer #2: We cannot learn from there - we do not know if
the 4 days were evenly spaced.
i. (Tana d'Vei R. Yishmael): "The Kohen
returns-the Kohen comes" - a Gezeirah Shaveh
equates the laws.
2. Answer: If there is no better match, we may learn
such a Gezeirah Shaveh; if there is a more similar
word, we learn what is more similar.
(l) (Beraisa - R. Nehorai): Once every 30 days.
1. Kohanim cut their hair this often, because after
this it is too long - the same applies to a Nazir
(m) (Beraisa - R. Yosi): Every Erev Shabbos
(n) Question: If so, how was Avshalom different than his
(o) Answer #1: When Yom Tov fell during the week, his
brothers would cut their hair on Erev Yom Tov, but he did
(p) Answer #2: His brothers could cut their hair in the
morning, but he would only cut in the afternoon (after
bringing the sacrifices - Rosh).
(q) Question: "At the end of 40 years" - starting from when?
(r) Answer (R. Nehorai): From when Yisrael asked for a king.
1. (Beraisa): The year they asked for a king was the
10th year of Shmuel's leadership over Yisrael.
(a) (Mishnah): Stam (unspecified) Nezirus is 30 days.
(b) Question: What is the source for this?
(c) Answer #1 (Rav Masna): "Yiheyeh (he will be) holy" - the
numerical value of Yiheyeh is 30.
(d) Answer #2 (Bar Pada): This corresponds to the 29 times
"Nazir" (or variant forms) appears in this passage of the
(e) Question: Why doesn't Rav Masna learn as Bar Pada?
(f) Answer: Some of them are expounded to teach laws, so we
may not count such occurrences (we know that Stam Nezirus
is 30 days - there are not enough remaining occurrences)!
1. "From wine and string drink Yazir" - this forbids
wine of a Mitzvah just as optional wine.
2. "To vow a vow of Nezirus, to be a Nazir to Hash-m" -
this teaches that if a Nazir accepts Nezirus, he
must fulfill it when he finishes his current
(g) Defense of Bar Pada: Certainly, at least 1 of the 29 is
not expounded. Since that one comes to teach the length
of Stam Nezirus, all come for this.
(h) (Mishnah): Stam Nezirus is 30 days.
(i) Question: This is as Rav Masna, and refutes Bar Pada!
(j) Answer (on behalf of Bar Pada): Since he shaves and
brings his sacrifices on the 30th day, the Tana considers
the Nezirus to be 30 days.
(k) (Mishnah): One who said, 'I am a Nazir' - he shaves on
the 31st day.
(l) Question: This fits well with Rav Masna - but according
to Bar Pada, he should shave on day 30!
(m) Counter-question (Bar Pada): The end of the Mishnah says,
if he shaved on day 30, he fulfilled the Nezirus!
1. The end of the Mishnah supports Bar Pada; the
beginning of the Mishnah is a decree - we consider
him to have accepted Nezirus for 30 full days.
(n) Question: How does Rav Masna explain the end of the
(o) Answer: He holds, part of the (30th) day conducted as a
Nazir counts as the full day.
(p) Question (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir for 30 days' - if he
shaved (and brought the sacrifices of a Nazir) on the
30th day, he did not fulfill his vow.
(q) Answer: The case is, he said 30 full days (some texts
read - it is as if he said 30 full days).
(r) (Mishnah): One who accepted to be a Nazir twice - he
shaves (and brings sacrifices) for the 1st Nezirus on day
31; he shaves (and brings the sacrifices) for the 2nd
Nezirus on day 61.
1. This fits with Rav Masna's opinion.