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Nidah 13

1) 'Kol ha'Yad 'ha'Marbeh' Livdok be'Nashim, Meshubachas.

(a) Why?

(b) How about men, and why?

(c) Why does the Tana write ha'Marbeh by men, surely even once is strictly prohibited?

(a) Under which conditions is it admirable for even men to examine themselves?

(b) According to Abaye, what should a Kohen do if in the process of eating Terumah, he feels his body trembling?

(c) What does Rava say, and why is he more lenient than Abaye?

(d) How does Rava account for the Beraisa, which draws an analogy to someone who sticks a finger in his eye, which continues to shed tears as long as his finger is there?

3) Rebbi Eliezer writes about someone who holds his 'Amah' when he urinates, that it is as if he had brought a flood upon the world?
(a) Why?

(b) What did the Chachamim ask him, and what was his reply?

(c) In another Beraisa, he gave a different answer. What did he say, and what is the sequence in which he gave his two answers?

4) Chazal say that someone who emits seed in vain is Chayav Misah.
(a) What is their source for this?

(b) To which two cardinal sins do Chazal compare this terrible sin?

5) Shmuel permitted Rav Yehudah to hold his 'Amah' whilst he urinated. He compared it to a 'Boleshes which came to the city.'
(a) What is that, and what is the connection to Shmuel's ruling?
Besides the fear that he may fall off the roof, the Gemara ascribes three other types of fear to Rav Yehudah.
(b) What are they
The Gemara also permits one to hold the 'Amah' if he is married.
(c) Which other two concessions does the Gemara make?
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(a) What did Rav say about someone who deliberately stiffens himself, and why?

(b) Why does Rebbi Ami call him 'an Avaryan'?

Others qote Rebbi Ami as referring to somebody who brings himself to evil thoughts.
(c) What does he say about that?

(d) What does Rebbi Elazar learn from the Pasuk "Yedeichem Damim Milei'u"?

(e) And from which Pasuk in the ten commandments does the Tana de'Bei Rebbi Yishmael learn a similar Derashah?

(a) Why do converts delay the Mashiach? (two reasons)

(b) Why is it not possible to explain because Yisrael are responsible for their sins, and must therefore suffer for them?

(c) Who are called 'Mesachkin be'Tinokos', and why do they delay the Moshi'ach?

8) 'ba'Anashim Tikateitz'.
(a) What are the two possible ways of interpreting this?

(b) Why did Rav Huna cut off someone's hand?

Rebbi Tarfon said 'Yad le'Amah Tikatzeitz Al Tiburo'.
(c) Why can this not be taken literally, and what does Rebbi Tarfon really mean?
9) A Kohenes who is a Chareshes, Shotah, Suma or Nitrefes Da'atah, may eat Terumah if there are Pikchos available to examine them.
(a) How do we reconcile the Din of a Chareshes in our Mishnah, with the Beraisa which cites the case of a Chareshes who was even able to examine other women?

(b) What is a Suma doing in our Mishnah? Is she incapable of examining herself?

(c) What is the difference between a Shotah and a Nitrefes Da'atah?

(a) What punishment is due to a Kohen who eats Terumah when he is Tamei?

(b) What does one do with a Kohen Shoteh at night-time to ensure that he remains Tahor to eat Terumah - according to the Tana Kama?

(c) What does Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Tzadok hold, and why do the Rabbanan object to his proposition? (two reasons)

Rebbi Elazar is quoted as permitting a Kohen to wear metal trousers.
(d) What is Abaye coming to tell us, when he adds 'and trousers of copper? And how is this proven from the Beraisa which says that 'We see them as if they were stalks made of copper?
(a) Why should it be forbidden to wear trousers?

(b) How does one then explain the Kohanim's trousers?

(c) How were the Kohanim's trouders made?

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