REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sotah 34
SOTAH 31-35 - 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 Nishmaso.
(a) What happened to the flowing water of the Yarden the moment the Kohanim
'dipped their feet' in the river?
(b) According to Rebbi Yehudah, the water piled up to a height of twelve
What objection did Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon raise to this?
(c) How high did it pile up according to him? How far away was it visible?
(d) To which miracle was Rachav referring when she said "Va'nishma Va'yimas
Levaveinu ... "?
(a) What did Yehoshua say to Yisrael before they had finished crossing the
(b) What did he mean when he said "ve'Im La'av, Ba'in Mayim ve'Shotfin
*Oseichem*" (as quoted in the Beraisa)?
(c) What else did Yehoshua do before they had finished crossing the Yarden?
(d) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Yehoshua " ... Hachein Sh'teim-Esrei
Avanim ... Ve'hinachtem Osam ba'Malon *Asher Talinu Bah ha'Laylah*"?
(a) Rebbi Yossi quoting a number of Tana'im, gives the weight of each of the
How much did it weigh?
(b) Bearing in mind that they lifted the stones from the Yarden on to their
shoulders single-handedly, and based on a tradition that a person is able to
carry a weight three times as heavy as one that he can pick up by himself,
when others help him pick it up, what is the minimum weight that the cluster
of grapes that the eight spies brought back with them would have been?
(c) Considering that every 'Mot' is carried by two people, what does
"Va'yis'a'uhu ba'Mot *bi'Shenayim*"?
(a) What did Rav Yitzchak mean when he said 'Turteni, ve'Turteni
Answers to questions
(b) From where does Rav Yitzchak learn this?
(c) We have accounted for ten of the spies. The other two were Kalev and
Why did they not participate in carrying the fruit?
We cited earlier Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon's Kashya, that if as Rebbi
Yehudah maintains, the water ran itself into a wall twelve Mil tall, then,
seeing as the camp of Yisrael was twelve Mil by twelve Mil, they would have
drowned as the water crashed down on them before they had finished crossing.
Rebbi Yehudah might disagree with Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon's theory that
water always travels more swiftly than people.
With which statement of
Rebbi Yehudah might Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon disagree?
(a) How does Resh Lakish interpret the Pasuk ...
(b) And what does Rebbi Chiya bar Aba extrapolate from the 'Gezeirah-Shavah'
"*Ve'yachperu* Lanu es ha'Aretz" and "*Ve'chafrah* ha'Levanah U'voshah
- ... "*Sh'lach-Lecha* Anashim"?
- ... "Va'yitav be'Einai ha'Davar"?
(c) What does Rebbi Yitzchak say about the names of the spies?
(d) In that light, he explains the name 'Sesur ben Micha'el' to mean that he
demolished the words of Hashem, making himself poorer in the process.
does Rebbi Yochanan explain the name 'Nachbi ben Vafsi' in similar vein?
(a) Why does the Torah write "Va'ya'alu ba'Negev *Va'yavo* ad Chevron" (in
(b) Why did Yehoshua not join him?
(c) What did the change of name to Yehoshua imply?
(d) What reward did Kalev receive for his trip to Chevron?
(a) The spies related in awe how they had seen the three sons of the giant
Anak, Achiman, Sheishai and Talmai. Sheishai and Talmai were so-called
because the one made holes in the ground as he walked (from the word
'Shachas' - a pit) and the other, created furrows ('Telamim').
Why was the
first brother called "Achiman"?
(b) Why were they called "B'nei Anak"?
(c) What other distinction did they share?
(a) Seeing as Cana'an, the son of Cham, was younger than Mitzrayim, it was
considered unethical to build him a town before building one for his older
In that case, what does the Torah mean when it writes "ve'Chevron
Sheva Shanim Nivnesah Lifnei Tzo'an Mitzrayim"?
(b) What makes this particularly remarkable?
(c) How do we know that ...
- ... on the one hand, Chevron was the rockiest (and the least productive) part of Eretz Yisrael?
- ... on the other, Tzo'an was the most productive part of Egypt?
(a) If the best rams came from Mo'av, where did the best lambs come from?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we reconcile this with what we just said (that Chevron is