REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Avodah Zarah 10
(a) What did the Rabbanan say to Rava with regard to the Sh'tar Chov that
came before them that was pre-dated by six years? Which kingdom was written
in the Sh'tar?
(b) What were the ramifications of this ruling?
(c) What did Rav Nachman tell them? What is a 'Safra Dukna'?
(a) Which basic principle did Rav Acha bar Ya'akov query with regard to Rav
Nachman's ruling? How did he suggest the Sofrim dated their Sh'taros?
(b) According to Rav Acha's theory, was the Sh'tar Me'uchar, or was it valid
(c) What led him to believe that such a thing was possible? Why did the
discrepancy between the two dates not prove him wrong?
(d) What did Rav Nachman reply?
(e) How Rav Acha discover that Rav Nachman was not just pushing him off?
(a) Ravina substantiates Rav Nachman's statement still further, from the
Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah. How does Rav Chisda explain the Tana's statement
there 'be'Echad be'Nisan Rosh Hashanah li'Melachim ... '?
What is the
significance of that statement?
(b) How do we reconcile this with the same Mishnah 'be'Echad be'Tishri Rosh
Hashanah le'Shanim' (which Rav Chisda also establishes by Sh'taros)?
(c) How have we now refuted Rav Acha Bar Ya'akov's Kashya?
(a) Based on Rav Yehudah's interpretation of 'Yom Genusya' as coronation
day, how do we initially explain the Beraisa 'Yom Genusya ve'Yom
she'Ma'amidin Bo es Malkom'?
(b) This presents a problem however, due to the Pasuk in Ovadyah.
we learn from the Pasuk (with reference to the Romans) ...
(c) How do we therefore try to re-interpret 'Yom Genusya'?
- ... "Hinei Katon Nesatich"?
- ... "Bazuy Atah Me'od"?
(d) What problem do we still even after we explain the Beraisa 'Yom Genusya
ve'Yom ha'Leidah' like we explained a moment ago 'Ha Dideih, Ha de'Berei'?
What does another Beraisa say?
(a) So we re-establish 'Yom Genusya' to mean coronation day, and the Beraisa
means 'Ha Didei, Ha di'Berei'.
How do we get round the Pasuk 'Hinei Katon
(b) Which two favors did Antoninus want from the Senate?
(c) Why did he approach Rebbi for advice? What problem did he face?
(d) What did Rebbi mean to answer him when he brought before him one man
riding on the back of another, and the man at the bottom told the one on top
to send away the bird he was holding?
(a) What did Rebbi mean when, in response to Antoninus query what to do
about the Roman dignitaries who were causing him trouble, he pulled out one
radish each day from the ground?
Answers to questions
(b) Why did Rebbi find it necessary to answer Antoninus by way of hint? Why
did he not answer him ...
- ... directly?
- ... in a whisper?
(a) Why did Antoninus send Rebbi ...
(b) When Antoninus sent Rebbi a leather sack full of gold every day, how did
he ensure that it was not discovered?
- ... a plant called Gargira, and why did Rebbi send him back Kusbarta (coriander)?
- ... Karsi (leek) and why did Rebbi send him back Chasa (lettuce)?
(c) What was his response, when Rebbi claimed that he did not need them
because he was a rich man?
(a) How did Antoninus visit Rebbi undetected each day? What was the purpose
of his visit?
(b) What would he do with the two guards that he posted, one at the entrance
and one at the exit?
(c) What was Rebbi's response when Antoninus discovered Rebbi Chanina bar
Chama there, despite his instructions that Rebbi was to have no man with him
when he arrived?
(d) How did Antoninus put Rebbi Chanina to the test?
(a) What was ...
(b) Who took over from Rebbi Chanina to serve Rebbi?
- ... Rebbi Chanina's reaction when he found that the man was dead?
- ... Antoninus reaction when Rebbi Chanina returned with the guard?
(c) What would Antoninus do when Rebbi wished to go and lie down?
(d) What did he retort when Rebbi told that it was undignified for a king to
behave like that?
(a) What did Rebbi reply when Antoninus asked him whether he would receive a
portion in Olam ha'Ba?
(b) And what did he reply when he quoted him the Pasuk ...
(c) What did Rebbi also extrapolate from "Kol Nesi'ehah"?
- ... in Ovadyah "Lo Yih'yeh Sarid le'Veis Eisav"?
- ... in Yechezkel (in connection with Gehinom) "Shamah Edom Melachehah ve'Chol Nesi'ehah"?
(d) To which important dignitary does an independant Beraisa attach this
(a) What advice did the important men of Rome offer the Emperor when he
asked what one does with a painful growth on one's leg? What was referring
(b) What did Keti'a bar Shalom have in mind when he quoted the Pasuk in
Zecharyah (in connection with Yisrael) "Ki ke'Arba Ruchos ha'Shamayim
(c) What title would a nation without any Jews be given?
(d) Why did he not want to explain the Pasuk to mean that Hashem scattered
Yisrael to all the four corners of the earth?
(a) What was the Emperor's reaction to Keti'a bar Shalom's statement?
(b) What caused Keti'a to fall on his male organ and remove the Orlah, as he
was being led to his death?
(c) How did Rebbi Akiva interpret Keti'a's announcement bequeathing his
property to 'Rebbi Akiva and his colleagues'?
(d) He based this ruling on Chazal's interpretation of the Pasuk "Va'hayah
What is the Pasuk talking about?
(e) What are the ramifications of this D'rashah regarding ...
- ... the Lechem ha'Panim?
- ... the Sh'tei ha'Lechem on Shavu'os?
(a) What happened after Keti'a bar Shalom's death, that caused Rebbi to cry?
Answers to questions
(b) Why did he cry?
(c) What did Rebbi announce after Antoninus death (and Rav after the death
of Adrechan, a Nochri dignitary who served him like Antoninus served Rebbi)?