REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sotah 24
SOTAH 21-25 - These Dafim have been dedicated by Mrs. Estanne Abraham-Fauer in honor
of the first Yahrzeit (18 Teves 5761) of her father, Reb Mordechai ben Eliezer Zvi
(Weiner). May the merit of supporting and advancing the study of the Talmud be l'Iluy
What distinction does the Tana of our Mishnah draw between the following two groups
'ha'Omeres Temei'ah Ani Lach', 've'she'Ba'u Lah Eidim she'Hi Temei'ah', ve'ha'Omeres
Eini Shosah' on the one hand; and 'Amar Ba'alah Eini Mashkeh', 've'she'Ba'alah Ba
Alehah ba'Derech', on the other?
(a) According to Beis Shamai, in the event that the Sotah's husband dies before she
has managed to bring the Mei Sotah, she receives her Kesuvah and does not drink.
What do Beis Hillel mean when they say 'O Shosos O Lo Notlos Kesuvah'?
(b) Why is a woman whose husband died no longer obligated to drink?
(c) According to Rebbi Meir, a pregnant or feeding woman whose husband married her
without waiting the required time-period, who then becomes a Sotah, neither drinks
nor does she receive her Kesuvah.
Why does she not drink?
(d) On what grounds do the Chachamim require her to drink?
(a) According to the Chachamim, an Aylonis, an old woman and one who cannot have
children, neither drink not receive their Kesuvah.
What is meant by a woman who
cannot have children?
(b) On what grounds does Rebbi Eliezer require this group of women to drink?
(c) Why must we establish 'Eishes S'ris Shoseh', by a man who became a S'ris only
after the marriage?
(a) Does a woman become a Sotah if the man she secludes herself with is a close
(b) What do we learn from the Pasuk "Ve'shachav *Ish* Osach"?
(a) What do the wife of a deaf or a demented man, and one whose husband is in jail
have in common?
(b) What are the ramifications of their warning? Will they later make her drink the
(c) Why, in the latter case, can the husband not subsequently make her drink the Mei
Sotah when he goes free?
(d) On what basis does Rebbi Yossi disagree?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Naso "Daber el B'nei Yisrael *Ve'amarta
Aleihem*" (regarding an Arusah and a Shomeres Yavam)?
(b) Rebbi Yashiyah precludes an Arusah from the Pasuk "Tachas Ishech".
What does he
include from "Ish Ish"?
(c) Why does he prefer to include a Shomeres Yavam and exclude an Arusah (rather than
(a) Rebbi Yonasan precludes a Shomeres Yavam from "Tachas Ishech".
Answers to questions
What does he
preclude from "Asher Tisteh Ishah *Tachas Iyshah"?
(b) We just explained why Rebbi Yashiyah precludes an Arusah rather than a Shomeres
Yavam. On what basis does Rebbi Yonasan preclude first a Shomeres Yavam (and only
then an Arusah)?
(c) Who then, is the author of our Mishnah, which precludes both an Arusah and a
Shomeres Yavam from drinking?
(d) Which three cases does Rebbi Yonasan then include from "Ish Ish"?
(a) What does Rebbi Yashiyah learn from "Tachas Iyshah"?
(b) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Naso "Mibal'adei Ishech"?
(c) In that case, why do we need a Pasuk to preclude an Arusah from drinking? Why can
we not preclude it anyway, because the adulterer was intimate with her before her
(a) We just established the D'rashah that precludes an Arusah by an Arus who was
intimate with his Arusah before their marriage.
Answers to questions
What is the problem with
establishing a Shomeres Yavam in the same way?
(b) We resolve this problem by restricting it to the opinion of Rav.
What does Rav
say with regard to a Yavam who had relations with the Yevamah without intending to
perform Yibum with her?
(c) So like whom do we establish the D'rashah?
(d) Does this mean that ...
- ... Rav follows the opinion of Rebbi Yashiyah (who holds that a Shomeres Yavam drinks)?
- ... Shmuel follows the opinion of Rebbi Yonasan (who holds that she does not)?