REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Yevamos 105
YEVAMOS 104 & 105 (6 & 7 Adar II) - have been dedicated by Harav
Avi Feldman & family in memory of his father, the Tzadik Harav
Yisrael Azriel ben Harav Chaim (Feldman) of Milwaukee
(Yahrzeit: 6 Adar)
(a) The Tana of the Beraisa validates a Chalitzah where the Yevamah removed
the Yavam's shoe, but did not spit or read the Parshah.
Why, according to Rebbi Akiva, does spitting invalidate the Yevamah on the
brothers, whilst reading the Parshah does not?
What does he rule
in a case where ...
(b) How do we prove from the Reisha that the author of this Beraisa cannot
be Rebbi Elazar?
- ... she spat but neither removed the Yavam's shoe nor read the Parshah?
- ... read the Parshah, but neither spat not removed his shoe?
(c) Having proved that the author must be Rebbi Akiva, what do we then go on
to prove from the middle section 'Rak'kah ve'Lo Chaltzah ve'Lo Kar'ah,
(d) Why can it not be taken literally (that the Chalitzah is not a valid
(a) What message did they send Shmuel's father, according to the second
(b) What did Rebbi Ami rule with regard to a Yevamah who spat before having
removed the Yavam's shoe?
(c) How did Rebbi Aba bar Mamal query Rebbi Ami's ruling?
(d) What was Rebbi Ami's reply?
(a) They asked Levi three She'eilos: Whether a woman without hands can
perform Chalitzah with her teeth, and whether the Chalitzah is valid if she
spat blood. The third She'eilah concerned the Pasuk in Daniel "Aval Agid
Lecha es ha'Rashum bi'K'sav Emes", that the angel said to Daniel.
the angel referring to? What is the problem with the Pasuk?
(b) Levi did not have the answers to the questions.
What did they tell him
in the Beis-ha'Medrash with regard to the first two questions?
(c) With regard to the third She'eilah, how did they define a K'sav that is
Emes, and one that is not?
(d) What did Rav Shmuel bar Ami Amar Rebbi Yonasan interpret the Pasuk in Sh
muel 1. "Lachein Nishba'ati le'Veis Eli, Im Yiskaper Avon Beis Eli be'Zevach
u've'Minchah Ad Olam"?
(a) Rabah and Abaye were both descendants of Eli ha'Kohen.
Why did Rabah
live till the age of forty, and Abaye until sixty? What would otherwise have
been their maximum life-expectancy?
(b) Why did a certain family in Yerushalayim become known as Mishpachas
(c) What did Rav Shmuel bar Unya Amar Rav extrapolate from the Pasuk in
Va'eschanan "Mi ka'Hashem Elokeinu be'Chol Kor'einu Eilav"?
(d) And how do we reconcile that with the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Dirshu Hashem
be'Himatz'o" (suggesting that He only answers at certain times)? To which
period does the latter Pasuk apply?
(a) On what grounds does Shmuel's father rule that a Yevamah who spat blood
should go ahead and perform the rest of the Chalitzah ceremony?
Answers to questions
(b) What does the Tana of the Beraisa learn from the Pasuk in Shemini "Zovo
Tamei ... "?
(c) And how de we reconcile Shmuel's father's ruling with this Beraisa,
which declines to contend with any spittle that is mixed up with the blood
that flows from a person's mouth?
(a) The Tana of our Mishnah declared the Chalitzah of a Katan, Pasul. Rav
Yehudah Amar Rav establishes our Mishnah like Rebbi Meir.
What does Rebbi
(b) He establishes the Seifa too, which invalidates the Chalitzah of a
Ketanah, like Rebbi Meir.
What is Rebbi Meir's reason for this?
(c) What do the Chachamim say ...
- ... in the Reisha (by the Chalitzah of a Katan)?
- ... in the Seifa (by the Chalitzah of a Ketanah)?
(a) Rebbi Chiya and Rebbi Shimon b'Rebbi were engaged in a dispute. One of
them learned from the Pasuk in Melachim 1. "ve'Hayu Einai ve'libi Sham Kol
ha'Yamim", that the eyes of someone who Davens should be directed downwards.
What does 'downwards' mean?
(b) What did the other one learn from the Pasuk in Eichah "Nisa Levaveinu el
(c) How did Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi, who entered the Beis-ha'Medrash
just then, reconcile the two Pesukim.
(d) What was Avdan, a Talmid of Rebbi, referring to when he asked who it was
who was walking over the heads of the holy people?
(a) What did Avdan retort when Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi replied that it
was he who had come to study Torah under Rebbi?
(b) What did Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi reply when Avdan asked him whether
he was worthy of studying Torah under Rebbi?
(c) And what did he reply when Avdan asked him whether he thought he was
(d) How did Rebbi receive his due for not objecting when Rebbi Yishmael
compared him to Hashem?
(a) What did Rebbi Yishmael b'Rebbi Yossi say ...
(b) Rebbi subsequently ordered Avdan to remain where he was.
- ... when Rebbi asked Avdan to examine whether the Yevamah who came before them was a Gedolah or a Ketanah?
- ... to Avdan when, after Rebbi recalled him, he stepped over the heads of the holy people?
Why was he
subsequently stricken with Tzara'as?
(c) What happened to his two sons and his two daughters-in-law?
(d) What did Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak comment on Avdan's harsh punishments?
(a) Rav Ami explains that, according to Rebbi Yossi, a Ketanah may perform
Rav Yosef bar Minyumi Amar Rav Nachman rules not like Rebbi Shimon and Rebbi
Yochanan ha'Sand'lar (who permit Chalitzah with two Dayanim - but like the
Tana Kama of our Mishnah who requires three).
What does he mean by that?
(b) Rava is not so lenient.
How does *he* explain Rebbi Yossi?
(c) What is the Halachah?
Considering that he rules
- ... that Chalitzah requires three Dayanim, why does he need this second ruling?
- ... not like that pair, why does he need to rule that Chalitzah requires three?
(a) Rebbi Akiva validated the Chalitzah of the Yavam and the Yevamah who
performed Chalitzah in jail without any Dayanim.
Answers to questions
How did he know that
Chalitzah was performed at all?
(b) We ask whether the Chalitzah took place in jail and Rebbi Akiva was in a
different location, or whether the Chalitzah took place in a different
location and then brought to Rebbi Akiva who was also in jail.
Rav Yehudah Amar Rav say about that?