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Nidah 31


(a) Where does the fetus stay during the three stages of its pre-natal life?

(b) Why are the pains of childbirth more acute by a girl, than they are by a boy?

(c) Why does a girl turn over, but not a boy?

2) During the first three months Tashmish is bad for the mother and for the baby.
(a) What about the second and the third set of three months?
The Beraisa states that Tashmish with a pregnant woman on the ninetieth day is akin to murder.
(b) What problem does Abaye have with that, and what is his view in the matter?
When someone dies, Hashem takes away the ten things that He contributed to the person's makeup, and leaves the parents with the things that *they* contributed.
(c) Which five things does the father contribute, which five things the mother, and which ten things does Hashem contribute?

(d) What is the implication of the saying 'Putz Milcha, ve'Shadi Bisra le'Kalba'?

(a) What is so wondrous about the creation of a baby, as opposed to an object placed in a closed flask, with its mouth on top?

(b) And what is so wondrous about the creation of a baby, as opposed to a pair of scales?

(c) What contrast do Chazal draw between the formation of a baby, and a row of a variety of seeds.

(d) And what is the difference between a painter who places different colors into a pot, and the formation of a baby?

(a) Sometimes Hashem's anger turns into a consolation. What Mashal does the Gemara give to explain this?

(b) What do Chazal derive from the Pasuk "Oseh Nifla'os *Levado*, u'Varuch Sheim Kevodo Le'olam"?

(c) What do Chazal learn from a combination of the two Pesukim "va'Tazreini Chayil" and "ha'Keil ha'Me'azreini Chayil"?

(a) What was Bil'am referring to when he said "Mi Manah Afar Ya'akov, u'Mispar es Rova Yisrael"?

(b) What was his reaction to this, and what was his punishment?

(c) What is the connection between this and the birth of Yisachar?

6) What do Chazal learn from ...
(a) ... "Eileh Benei Leah, Asher Yaldah le'Ya'akov be'Fadan Aram, ve'Eis Dinah Vito"?

(b) ... "va'Yihyu Benei Ulam ... u'Marbim Banim u'Venei Vanim"?

(c) What other way is there of increasing one's chances of having boys?

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7) According to Rebbi Elazar, a woman only becomes pregnant close to the time when she is due to become a Nidah (see Gilyon ha'Shas).

(a) What does Rebbi Yochanan hold in this regard?

(b) How does he learn it from the Pasuk "u've'Chet Yechemasni Imi"?

(a) Which two things come into the world together with a baby boy, and how do we learn them both from the Pasuk "Shilchu Kar, Moshel Aretz"?

(b) How are they both hinted in the word 'Zachar'?

(c) From where do we know that a woman only receives her Parnasah when she asks for it, and how is this hinted in the word 'Nekeivah'?

9) Rebbi Shimon gives the reason for a Korban Yoledes as being because the woman swears at the time of birth that she will never do Tashmish with her husband again.
(a) Which two Kashyos does the Gemara ask on Rebbi Shimon?

(b) Why are there only seven days of Tum'ah following the birth of a boy, but fourteen after the birth of a girl?

(c) Why does the Mitzvah of Milah only take place on the eighth day and not as soon as soon as the baby is born?

(d) What is the reason for Tum'as Nidah according to Rebbi Shimon?

(a) Why is it the man who looks for a bride, and not vice-versa?

(b) Why does the man face downwards during Tashmish, and the woman upwards?

(c) Why is the man easier to appease than the woman?

(d) Why is a woman's voice more beautiful than a man's, and what is the source for this in Tenach?

11) 'Benos Kutim Nidos mei'Arisusan'.
(a) How does this speak? But are not all women who see blood, Temei'os whenever they see?

(b) Who must be the author of the Beraisa, and in which context does he say his Din?

(c) Why do the Kutim have the Din of Bo'alei Nidos?

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