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prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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(a) On Sunday, the Levi'im would say "la'Hashem ha'Aretz u'Melo'ah, Teivel
ve'Yoshvei Vah", because that is the day on which Hashem created heaven and
earth (ready to give it to His creations) and took sole control over it
(since the angels were created only on the second day). On Monday, they said
"Hashem is great and exceedingly praised, in the city of G-d is his holy
mountain" - because that is when Hashem divided the upper worlds from the
lower ones, picking them as His residence.
(b) On Tuesday, they said "G-d stands in the community of Hashem ... ",
because He divided the land from the water, creating a location for His
community to stand (i.e. to live). On Wednesday, they said "Hashem is the
G-d of vengeance ... " - because of those who worship the heavenly bodies,
which He created on Wednesday.
(c) On Thursday, they said "Sing Praise to the G-d of our strength, because
He created such a breathtaking variety of birds and fish. On Friday, they
said "Hashem Malach, Gei'us Laveish ... " - because He concluded His works
and ruled over them.
(d) According to Rebbi Akiva, they said "Mizmor Shir le'Yom ha'Shabbos" in
honor of the World to Come, the day which is entirely Shabbos. Rebbi
Nechemyah disagrees - on the grounds that if all the other Shirim refer to
the past (i.e. the creation), why should Shabbos alone refer to the future?
(a) The basis of Rebbi Akiva and Rebbi Nechemyah's dispute lies in the
Machlokes between Rav Ketina and Abaye. Rebbi Akiva learns from the Pasuk in
Yeshayah "ve'Nisgav Hashem Levado ba'*Yom* ha'Hu", like Rav Ketina. Rebbi
Nechemyah learns from a Pasuk in Hoshei'a, like Abaye., - which says
"Yechayeinu mi'*Yomayim*", from which Abaye learns that the world will be
destroyed for *two* thousand years, and not one.
We ask whether the Levi'im recited the six paragraphs of Musaf and the three
of Minchah each week, or whether they recited one paragraph each week, and
we resolve this from a statement of Rebbi Yossi in a Beraisa - who says that
whilst the Levi'im who recited the Shir shel Yom at Musaf made *one*
rotation (of the six chapters), those who recited it at Minchah, made *two*.
Clearly then, they recited one paragraph each week.
(b) Rav Anan bar Rava teaches us that at Musaf on Shabbos they would say
'ha'Ziv Lach' - which is the acronym of the first word in the six Parshiyos
into which they divided Ha'azinu ('Ha'azinu', 'Zechor', 'va'Yar', 'Lulei',
'Ki Yadin Hashem' - the first four comprising six Pesukim, the last two,
(c) Rav Anan bar Rava also said - that that is the way to divide the first
six Aliyos of Ha'azinu in Shul when 'Ha'azinu' is read.
(d) And Rebbi Yochanan taught us that, at Minchah on Shabbos, they would say
"Az Yashir", "Mi Chamochah" and "Az Yashir" - referring to the first half of
the Shiras ha'Yam ("Az Yashir"), the second half ("Mi Chamochah"), and "Az
Yashir Yisrael" (the 'Shiras ha'Be'er') respectively.
(a) Rav Yehudah bar Idi Amar Rebbi Yochanan describes the exiles of both the
Shechinah and the Sanhedrin from the Beis-Hamikdash - each of which
experienced ten stages of exile.
(b) This is discussed here - because of the Takanos of Raban Yochanan ben
Zakai, who instituted most of his Takanos in Yavneh (the first of the
locations of the Galus of Sanhedrin).
(c) The Sanhedrin left Yerushalayim - during the tenure of Raban Yochanan
ben Zakai. They moved to Yavneh.
(a) The Shechinah first moved from the lid of the Aron to the Cherub, from
the Cherub to the threshold of the Heichal - and from the threshold to the
Chatzer (according to the Gra, it went first to the roof of the Heichal and
then to the Chatzer - see b.).
(b) From the Chatzer, the Shechinah moved to the copper Mizbei'ach, from
where it moved to the roof - and then to the wall of the Chatzer.
(c) The Shechinah then moved from the wall of the Chatzer into Yerushalayim,
and from Yerushalayim to Har ha'Zeisim. And then, before finally ascending
back to its source in heaven - it moved to the desert.
(d) From the fact that it moved in so many stages - we can learn just how
reluctant Hashem was to remove His Shechinah from us.
(a) The move from the threshold of the Heichal to the Mizbei'ach is recorded
in the Book of Amos. The fact that the move from the Cherub to the threshold
is recorded in Yechezkel, who lived long after Amos is not a problem -
because Amos, as a Navi, was prophesying what would occur in the days of
(b) The Shechinah left the Beis Hamikdash altogether to go up to the roof -
when Menasheh placed an image in the Heichal (because 'there was no room for
(c) The Shechinah waited in the desert - for six months, for Yisrael to do
Teshuvah, before making its final ascent back to heaven.
(d) "ve'Einei Resha'im Tichlenah, u'Manos Avad Minhem, ve'Sikvasam Mapach
Nafesh" - signified that there was no hope that they would repent, and was
Hashem's final statement before ascending from the desert to heaven.
(a) Correspondingly, the Sanhedrin went into exile ten times. For this, the
only source is tradition.
(b) The two did not occur simultaneously - because the ten exiles of the
Shechinah (which was not present in the second Beis-Hamikdash) took place in
the *first* Beis-Hamikdash, whereas the ten exiles of the Sanhedrin occurred
in the *second*. Note: The Sanhedrin *did* go into Galus during the first
Beis-Hamikdash (when they left the Lishkas Hagazis forty years before the
Churban - see c., also Agados Maharsha).
(c) The first exile was from the Lishkas Hagazis (a room in the Beis
Hamikdash itself) to the Chanuyos (on the Har ha'Bayis) - where they moved
in order to avoid issuing the death-penalty (which they were empowered to do
only as long as they sat in the Lishkas Hagazis), due to the upsurge of
(a) The Sanhedrin subsequently moved from the Chanuyos to Yerushalayim - and
from Yerushalayim to Yavneh.
(b) It then went from Usha back to Yavneh - and from Yavneh to Usha.
(c) Whenever the current Nasi or his son who succeeded him, moved - the
Yeshivah (incorporating the Sanhedrin) moved with him.
(d) The Sanhedrin moved from Yerushalayim to Yavneh in the days of Raban
Yochanan ben Zakai, and from Yavneh to Usha and back in the days of Raban
Gamliel. It moved back to Usha in the days of Raban Gamliel's son (Raban
Shimon ben Gamliel the second).
(a) From Usha, it moved to Shefar'am, to Beis She'arim and to Tzipori -
during which time Rebbi was the Nasi.
(b) Its last stop - was Teverya, 'the deepest of all of them'.
(c) Rebbi Elazar learns from the Pasuk "Ki *Heishach* Yoshvei Marom, Kiryah
Nisgavah, *Yashpilenah*, *Yashpilah* *ad Aretz*, *Yagi'enah* *ad Afar*" -
that the Sanhedrin went into Galus six times, not ten.
(d) The redemption will come from the earth (i.e. when Yisrael are at their
(a) According to Torah law, the witnesses who saw the new moon ultimately
had to go wherever the Nasi happened to be.
(b) Raban Yochanan ben Zakai instituted - that they needed to go only as far
as the Beis-Din, and that the other members of Beis-Din should declare Rosh
Chodesh without him.
(c) When a certain woman who resided in Neherda'a, refused to go to Mechuza
where Ameimar currently was, and where he had ordered her to appear in court
- he wrote a document placing her in Cherem.
(d) She was obligated to go to Mechuza - because Raban Yochanan's Takanah
was restricted to Kidush Levanah (where making the witnesses travel so far
would discourage them from coming to testify on future occasions, but not to
a defendant in money matters, because 'a debtor is a slave to the creditor'.
(a) We have learned six Takanos of Raban Yochanan ben Zakai in *this* Perek,
and one in the *first* (that the witnesses break Shabbos only for Nisan and
Tishri). Of the remaining three, one is the obligation of Kohanim to wear
shoes when going up to Duchen. The other - is the negation of Chazal's
obligation for a Ger to set aside a Rova for the Korban that he has to bring
when he converts.
(b) A Rova is a quarter of a Shekel - sufficient to purchase a bird for a
(c) We know that a Ger is obligated to bring a Korban when he converts -
because that is what our ancestors did at Har Sinai, when they entered into
the covenant of Mitzvos with Milah, Tevilah (Kabalas ha'Mitzvos) and the
sprinkling of the blood of a Korban.
(a) In Rav Papa's opinion, the tenth Takanah of Raban Yochanan ben Zakai was
that of Kerem Reva'i; according to Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak, it was the
Lashon shel Zehoris.
The Takanah of ...
1. ... 'Kerem Reva'i' was that, after the Churban, following the decree of
Chazal who had obligated whoever lived within one days journey of
Yerushalayim to bring the fruit of the fourth year to Yerushalayim
(depriving them of the option to redeem it and take the money to
Yerushalayim instead) - Rebbi Yochanan rescinded that decree (since the
reason of adorning the streets of Yerushalayim no longer applied).
(b) Rebbi Eliezer wanted to declare his vine-yard Hefker - because he was
not able to carry so much fruit to Yerushalayim.
2. ... 'Lashon shel Zehoris' - was instituting that, instead of tying the
red thread at the entrance to the Ulam (initially on the outside, and then,
when sometimes it did not turn white, and they were sad, on the inside) -
they should tie half of it on the rock, and the other half, on the goat's
(c) His disciples deterred him from doing so however - on the grounds that
his colleagues had already rescinded the original decree (and that he was
therefore permitted to redeem the fruit and take the money to Yerushalayim).
(a) Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak disagrees with Rav Papa. How is it possible, he
maintains, for the disciples of Rebbi Eliezer to refer to Rebbi Yochanan ben
Zakai (Rebbi Eliezer's Rebbe) as his colleague? Rav Papa counters this - by
pointing out that they did this out of respect.
(b) Raban Yochanan ben Zakai's life was divided into three sections (similar
to that of Rebbi Akiva's, many years later) - the first forty years he did
business, the second forty he studied Torah, and the third forty he taught
(c) The red thread stopped turning white - forty years before the Churban.
(d) Rav Papa disagrees with Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak, due to the fact that
Rebbi Yochanan ben Zakai's era of Takanos only began within the last forty
years of the Churban Beis-Hamikdash, after the red thread had already
stopped turning white. Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak counters this - by dating
the Takanah when he was still a Talmid. He made the suggestion, which his
Rebbe accepted and fixed in his name.