REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sotah 7
SOTAH 7 (2 Teves) - the Dafyomi study for the last day of Chanukah has been
dedicated to the memory of Hagaon Rav Yisroel Zev Gustman Ztz"L (author of
"Kuntresei Shiurim") and his wife, Rebbetzin Sarah Gustman (daughter of
Hagaon Rav Meir Bassin) on the Rebbetzin's Yahrzeit. Sponsored by Rav A.
Feldman, who merited to study under Rav Gustman's tutelage.
(a) Where does a husband take his wife after he discovers her in seclusion
with the man whom he warned her about?
(b) Why do the local Beis-Din give her two Talmidei-Chachamim to accompany
her to Yerushalayim, according to the Tana Kama?
(c) What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(a) What distinction does Rav Yehudah Amar Rav make with regard to the
prohibition of Yichud between someone who is in town and someone who is
(b) Is there a proof for Rav from our Mishnah, which requires two
Talmidei-Chachamim to accompany the woman and her husband to Yerushalayim,
which together with the husband, makes three?
(c) Which other ruling does Rav Yehudah Amar Rav issue with regard to Yichud
out of town?
(d) Can we prove this from our Mishnah, which requires specifically two
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that, according to Rebbi Yehudah, the husband
himself is believed to say that he was not intimate with his wife on the
What 'Kal va'Chomer' does he make from Nidah?
(b) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei "Lo Yuchal Ba'alah
ha'Rishon ... Acharei Asher Hutama'ah"?
(c) How do the Rabbanan counter Rebbi Yehudah's 'Kal va'Chomer'?
(a) In a Beraisa, it is Rebbi Yossi (and not Rebbi Yehudah) who argues with
the Tana Kama, and who believes the husband with a 'Kal va'Chomer'.
the Rabbanan there counter the 'Kal'va'Chomer'?
(b) Which Pasuk do they quote in support of their argument?
(c) Rebbi Yehudah there learns that the husband is believed min ha'Torah
from the Pasuk "ve'Heivi ha'Ish es Ishto".
How do we reconcile this with
Rebbi Yehudah's own opinion in the earlier Beraisa, where he based it on a
(d) In that case, how does Rebbi Yehudah argue with the Chachamim who seem
to say the same thing?
(a) As they took the Sotah to the Beis-Din ha'Gadol in Yerushalayim, they
would frighten her (like they did to the witnesses in matters of life and
What was the purpose of doing that?
(b) They finally implored her to confess for the sake of Hashem's great
What else did they first point out to her?
(c) What does the Tana mean when he adds 've'Omer Lefanehah Devarim
she'Einah K'dai le'Shom'an Hi ve'Chol Mishpachas Beis Avihah'?
(d) Where did they then take her in the event that she persisted in her
claim that she was innocent?
(a) Where was the Sha'ar Nikanor?
(b) Which other two people does the Tana list as having been stood at the
Sha'ar Nikanor for their purification ceremony?
(c) Who was Nikanor?
(d) Why did they make the Sotos drink particularly at that spot?
(a) What happened to her if she admitted that she was guilty?
(b) Why was she not sentenced to death?
(a) Which two things did the Kohen then have to do?
(b) What objection does Rebbi Yehudah raise regarding both points?
(c) What did the Kohen do if the Sotah was wearing ...
(d) Why did he have to do all this?
- ... white clothes (which were considered more beautiful in former times).
- ... ornaments?
- ... Katli'os?
What are 'Katli'os'?
(a) The Kohen then tied a Chevel ha'Metzari above her breasts.
Answers to questions
Why did he
(b) What is a 'Chevel ha'Metzari'?
(c) Whoever wanted to come and see her was permitted to do so, except for
Why is that?
(a) What does Rebbi Chiya bar Gamda Amar Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina learn
from the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' "Torah" ("ve'Asah Lah ha'Kohen es Kol *ha'Torah*
ha'Zos" [Naso]) "al-Pi *ha'Torah* Asher Yorucha" (with regard to a Zakein
Mamrei [in Shoftim])?
(b) How do we reconcile our Mishnah, which describes how they would frighten
the Sotah into confessing (to avoid drinking the Mei Sotah), with the
Beraisa, which describes how they would induce her to drink it?
(c) How did they induce her? In what way does the Tana of the Beraisa
compare the Mei Sotah to a balm?
(d) Why did they need to induce her to drink? What were they afraid might
(a) Which two famous brothers did the Sanhedrin cite (before the Name of
Hashem had been blotted out in the water) as examples of people who
confessed and went on to receive a rich reward in both worlds?
(b) What rewards did each one receive in this world?
(c) To what were the Sanhedrin referring when they added "ve'Lo Avar Zar
(d) Why did Yehudah's bones not come together during the forty years in the
desert, until Moshe Davened on his behalf?
(a) What does Rebbi Shmuel bar Nachmeini Amar Rebbi Yonasan learn from the
Pasuk in ve'Zos ha'Berachah ...
(b) It is obvious why Yehudah confessed.
- ... "Y'chi Reuven ve'Al Yamos ... ve'Zos li'Yehudah"?
- ... "Sh'ma Hashem Kol Yehudah"?
- ... "ve'El Amo Tevi'enu"?
- ... "Yadav Rav Lo"?
- ... "ve'Eizer mi'Tzarav Tih'yeh"?
Why did he?
(c) On what grounds do we initially query Reuven's confession?
(d) Then how do we finally justify it?
(a) Our Mishnah appears to be a S'tam Mishnah in support of Rebbi Yossi who
maintains (in Bava Basra) 'Kosvin 'Shover' (one writes a receipt - rather
than rely on tearing up the original document).
Answers to questions
Why do we not accept the
suggestion to amend 'Shoveres Kesuvasah' to 'Mekar'in Kesuvasah'?
(b) Then why is there in fact, no proof from our Mishnah?
(c) On what grounds does Rebbi Yehudah hold 'Ein Kosvin Shover'?