REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 20
SUKAH 20 - Dedicated by Marsha and Lee Weinblatt of N.J., in honor of the
5th of Iyar
(a) According to Rava's current interpretation of the Machlokes between the
Tana Kama and Rebbi Eliezer, they both agree that a *large* mat is normally
meant for S'chach, and they argue by a *small* one: The Tana Kama holds that
a Stam small mat is subject to Tum'ah and is Pasul for S'chach; whereas
Rebbi Eliezer maintains that both a *small mat and a large one* are Kasher
Besides a tradition that their dispute concerns a large mat
and that Rebbi Eliezer is le'Chumra, what problem does the Gemara have with
the Lashon of Rebbi Eliezer?
(b) So how does Rav Papa finally establish the Machlokes? How does he learn
the 'Ase'ah li'Shechivah' of Rebbi Eliezer?
(a) According to the the Tana Kama of the Beraisa, why are *large* mats made
of various types of rushes ...
(b) What will be the Din by *small* rush mats that are hand-platted?
- ... Kasher for S'chach when they are hand-platted (see Maharam)?
- ... Pasul when they are woven?
(c) Small *reed* mats are Kasher when they are hand-platted.
Why are they
more lenient than *rush* mats?
(d) What do Rebbi Yossi and Rebbi Dosa say about small *reed* mats (See
Tosfos DH 'Shel Shifa')?
(a) Rebbi Dosa (in another Beraisa) declares 'Chotzlos' Tamei Meis.
does he specifically mention 'Tamei Meis'?
(b) The Chachamim say that they are subject to becooming Tamei Medras.
they mean 'Medras' and not 'Meis'?
(c) Rav Avdimi bar Hamduri translates 'Chotzlos' as the leather satchels of
How does Resh Lakish translate it?
(a) Which three leaders (each in his own day and age) came from Bavel to
reinstate Torah in Eretz Yisrael?
Answers to questions
(b) What did Resh Lakish mean when he said about Rebbi Chiya 'Hareini
Kaparas Rebbi Chiya u'Vanav'?
(c) What did Rebbi Chiya say about ...
(d) The reed mats used in other towns, he claimed, were the subject of the
dispute between Rebbi Dosa (who declares them Tamei Meis) and the Chachamim
(who declare them Tamei Medras) - quoted above in 3.
- ... the reed mats of Usha?
- ... the reed mats of Teverya?
What is the basis of
By which type of reed mats does Rebbi Dosa (who just declared reed mats
subject to Tum'ah) agree with Rebbi Yossi (see 2d) - that they are not
subject to Tum'ah, and are therefore Kasher to be used as S'chach?
(a) In another Beraisa, Rebbi Dosa declares Chotzlos made of rushes, sack-
cloth or horse-hair Tamei Meis.
What do the Rabbanan say?
(b) According to Rav Avdimi bar Hamduri (in 2d, who translated 'Chotzlos' as
the leather satchels of shepherds), one might use a satchel made of rushes
for large fruit, and one made of sack-cloth or horse-hair for legumes and
Why the difference?
(c) According to Resh Lakish (who translated 'Chotzlos' as 'mats'), apart
from sleeping on them (for which purpose, according to Rebbi Dosa, they are
not made), to what use or uses would one put mats made of ...
- ... sack-cloth or horse-hair?
- ... rushes?
(a) When Rebbi Chananya went to Bavel to declare a leap-year, what did that
old man tell him?
***** Hadran Alach Perek Sukah *****
(b) Did Rebbi Yehoshua agree with the old man? What relation was Rebbi
Yehoshua to Rebbi Chananya?
(c) What condition did Rav Chisda attach to this ruling?
(d) Were the mats of the B'nei Mechuza eligible for S'chach?
***** Perek ha'Yashen *****
(a) Is there a Mitzvah to sleep in the Sukah?
(b) The Tana Kama forbids sleeping underneath a bed in the Sukah.
Rebbi Yehudah permit it?
(c) What does the Tana Kama hold?
(d) How high must the bed be for the Tana Kama to forbid it?
(a) What did Tavi, Raban Gamliel's slave, once do? What did Raban Gamliel
subsequently boast to the elders?
(b) What can we learn from Raban Gamliel's statement?
(a) The Mishnah in Ohalos speaks about a hole that the water or rodents
bored into the lower section of the banks of a river or, if the earth
crumbled by itself, leaving a large cavity in the lower part of a rock, or
an earth wall or a pile of stones or of beams where some of them form an
Ohel over others.
Answers to questions
What does the Tana Kama say about them?
(b) Why does Rebbi Yehudah not give them a Din Ohel?