REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 5
SUKAH 5 - Dedicated by Martin Fogel on 20 Nisan, the Yahrzeit of his father
(Yacov ben Shlomo Fogel).
(a) What does the Gemara prove from the Aron, which was nine Tefachim high
plus the Tefach of the lid?
(b) How do we (initially) prove the height of a Sukah from the Aron? What
other fact do we first need to know?
(c) How do we then explain the Pasuk in Yisro "va'Yeired Hashem al Har
(a) How do we know that neither Moshe nor Eliyahu actually entered Hashem's
domain in Heaven?
(b) Then how will we explain the Pesukim which inform us that Moshe ascended
to Hashem and Eliyahu to Heaven?
(c) And how will we explain Rav Tanchum, who explains a Pasuk in Iyov to
mean that Moshe actually held on to Hashem's Throne?
(a) We said earlier that the Aron was ten Tefachim high.
Tefachim out of these does the *Torah* specify?
(b) From where do we learn that the height of the lid was one Tefach?
(c) We prefer not to learn it from the other Holy Vessels, because of the
principle 'Tafasta Merubah Lo Tafasta ... '.
What does this mean?
(d) Why do we not learn the height of the lid from the Tzitz (which is even
smaller than the Misgeres of the Shulchan - and would therefore be a case of
'Tafasta Mu'at, Tafasta)?
(a) What was the Tzitz made of, and how wide was it?
(b) According to the Tana Kama of the Beraisa, the four letters of Hashem's
Name were written on one line, and 'Kodesh la' on the line below.
Rebbi Eliezer b'Rebbi Yossi testify?
(c) What was the Zer and how wide was it?
(d) Which Vessels had one?
(a) The Gemara contends that we prefer to learn the lid of the Aron from the
Misgeres, which is a Vessel, and not just a Hechsher K'li.
Answers to questions
What does a
'Hechsher K'li' mean, as opposed to a K'li?
(b) Where would the Misgeres need to be fixed for it not to be a Hechsher
(c) The Gemara rescinds its previous reason for learning the height of the
lid from the Misgeres, since it might also be a Hechsher K'li.
reason does it finally give for learning the lid of the Aron from there,
rather than from the Tzitz or from the Zer?
(a) Rav Huna initially attempt to learn the width of the lid of the Aron
from the Pasuk in Acharei-Mos "al *P'nei* ha'Kapores Kedmah".
How does he
learn it from there?
(b) Why can we not compare the 'P'nei' here to the face of a Bar Yuchni
(which is more than a Tefach)? What is a Bar Yuchni?
(c) In that case, we could certainly compare it to the face of a small bird,
which would be a case of 'Tafasta Mu'at'. So we conclude that Rav Huna
really learned it from a 'Gezeirah-Shavah' "P'nei" "P'nei".
does he learn this 'Gezeirah-Shavah'?
(d) Why then, can we not learn the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' from the Pasuk in
va'Yishlach "ki'Re'os *P'nei* Elokim" - referring to Eisav's Angel?
(a) Why does Huna not learn the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' "P'nei" "P'nei" from the
Pasuk in Terumah "el ha'Kapores Yiheyu *P'nei* ha'Keruvim"? From where does
Rav Huna finally learn the 'Gezeirah-Shavah'?
(b) What is the meaning of the word "Keruvim"?
(c) Then what does the Pasuk in Yechezkel mean when it writes "P'nei
ha'Echad P'nei ha'Keruv, u'Pnei ha'Sheini, P'nei Adam"?
(a) What problem does the Gemara have with learning the height of a Sukah
from the Aron, that causes it to retract from that source?
(b) What were the dimensions of the first Beis Hamikdash?
(c) How tall were the Keruvim?
(a) How high was the Mishkan in the desert?
(b) What do we learn from the first Beis Hamikdash that teaches us the
height of the Keruvim?
(c) How do we now learn the height of a Sukah from the Pasuk in Terumah
"ve'Hayu ha'Keruvim Porsei Chenafayim Lema'alah, Sochechim be'Chanfeihem al
(d) How do we know that their wings were spread out ...
1. ... *above* their heads? Maybe they were spread out *level* with their
heads (in which case, the ten Tefachim would have included their wings, and
in the same way, the ten Tefachim of Sukah would include the S'chach - as we
2. ... *immediately* above their heads and not *far* above them?
(a) This proof from the Aron is only valid according to Rebbi Meir, in whose
opinion the Amos of the building, like those of the Vessels. consisted of
According to Rebbi Yehudah, how many Tefachim did the Amos
(b) Considering that according to him, the space between the wings of the
Keruvim and the lid of the Aron was *eleven and a half* Tefachim, from where
will he learn that the space of a Sukah must be a minimum of ten Tefachim?
- ... of the building comprise?
- ... of the Vessels comprise?
(a) Which three things, according to Rav, are Halachah le'Moshe mi'Sinai?
Answers to questions
(b) What does Rav Chanin mean when he says that the entire Pasuk of "Eretz
Chitah u'Se'orah ... " (in Eikev) comes to teach us Shiurin, Chatziztin and
Mechitzin? What does this teach us?