REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Avodah Zarah 27
(a) We just established Rebbi Yehudah as the one who permits a Kuti to
circumcise a Jewish baby. This creates a problem however, from a Beraisa,
where Rebbi Yehudah permits a Yisrael to circumcise a Kuti.
What does he
say there about a Kuti circumcising a Yisrael?
(b) On what grounds does Rebbi Yossi disagree?
(c) So we switch round the opinions of Rebbi Yehudah and Rebbi Meir in the
first Beraisa, as we explained initially (finally establishing Rebbi Yehudah
as the one to permit the Nochri doctor to perform Milah). How will we then
reconcile that with Rebbi Yehudah in the second Beraisa, who disqualifies a
(d) Seeing as Rebbi Yehudah disqualifies a Kuti from performing the Milah,
why does he permit a Nochri to do so?
(a) Rav Chisda gives Rebbi Yehudah's source (for forbidding Kutim to
circumcise) as the Pasuk in Bo (in connection with the Korban Pesach
"la'Hashem ... Yimol Lo Kol Zachar"). Rebbi Yossi disagrees, as we already
Which Pasuk does he bring in support of his opinion?
(b) How will he then explain the word "la'Hashem" in that Parshah?
(c) And how will Rebbi Yehudah explain the double Lashon "Himol Yimol"?
(a) Daru bar Papa quoting Rav cites the source to disqualify Nochrim from
performing the Milah (like Rebbi) as "va'Atah es B'risi Tishmor" (the Pasuk
which Rebbi himself quotes).
From where does Rebbi Yochanan learn it?
(b) How does he learn it from there?
(c) How do we initially explain the ramifications of the Machlokes between
Rav and Rebbi Yochanan?
(d) What is wrong with that suggestion? What does the Mishnah in Nedarim say
about someone who forbids Hana'ah on himself from someone who is Mahul?
(a) How then, do we try to establish the basis of the Machlokes, if not by
an Arabi Mahul?
(b) And what is wrong with this suggestion? What does the Mishnah say about
someone who forbids Hana'ah from an Areil?
(c) So how do we finally establish the basis of the Machlokes between Rav
and Rebbi Yochanan?
(d) How will Rav (who disqualifies a woman from performing the Milah) then
explain the Pasuk in Sh'mos "va'Tikach Tziporah Tzor ... Va'tichros es Orlas
(a) Our Mishnah permits being cured by a Nochri Ripuy Mamon, but not Ripuy
Nefashos (as will be explained in the Sugya). Rebbi Meir forbids going to a
barber who is a Nochri, anywhere.
Answers to questions
What do the Chachamim say?
(b) When the Tana permits 'Ripuy Mamon' but not 'Ripuy Nefashos', why can he
not mean ...
(c) So how do we define ...
- ... for payment and free of charge, respectively.
- ... a cure that involves danger and one that does not? What did Rav Yehudah declare that precludes this explanation?
(d) According to Rav Chisda Amar Mar Ukva, if the Nochri tells a Yisrael
which cures to use which and which to avoid, he may listen to him.
- ... 'Ripuy Mamon'?
- ... 'Ripuy Nefashos'?
(a) What does Rabah (or Rav Chisda) Amar Rebbi Yochanan mean when he says
'Safek Chai Safek Meis, Ein Misrap'in Meihen'?
(b) He continues 'Vaday Meis, Misrap'in Meihen'. Why is that?
(c) What do we mean when we ask 'ha'Ika Chayei Sha'ah'?
(d) What do we answer?
(a) How do we prove from the story regarding the four Metzora'im that we do
not contend with 'Chayei Sha'ah'? What did they say that indicates that?
(b) When ben Dama the nephew of Rebbi Yishmael was bitten by a snake,
Ya'akov Ish K'far S'chanya came to cure him.
Who was Ya'akov Ish K'far
(c) What did Rebbi Yishmael ...
- ... rule with regard to allowing him to go ahead with the cure?
- ... proclaim when ben Dama died? Which Pasuk did he quote?
(a) What problem does this create with Rebbi Yochanan's previous ruling?
(b) How do we reconcile the two rulings? In what way was Ya'akov Ish K'far
S'chanya different than a regular Nochri?
(c) What does ''Poretz Geder Yishchenu Nachash" now mean?
(d) What advantage did ben Dama's snake-bite have over the one referred to
by the Pasuk (seeing as he died anyway (see Tosfos DH 'Chivya de'Rabbanan')?
(a) Prior to his death, ben Dama claimed that he had proof from a Pasuk,
that he was permitted to be cured by Ya'akov Ish K'far S'chanya.
Answers to questions
Pasuk was he referring to?
(b) In which point did Rebbi Yishmael disagree with him?
(c) Rebbi Yishmael applies "va'Chai Bahen", 've'Lo she'Yamus Bahen" even to
What is his source to preclude be'Farhesya from "va'Chai