REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Avodah Zarah 55
AVODAH ZARAH 55 (5 Iyar 5763) - Dedicated by Marsha and Lee Weinblatt of
Teaneck, New Jersey. May they see much Nachas from all of their children and
grandchildren, and may we soon merit to see the return of Hashem to Zion!
(a) Agripas asked Raban Gamliel a Kashya in connection with the Pasuk in
Va'eschanan "Ki Hashem Elokecha Eish Ochlah Hu, Keil Kana".
Agripas? What did he ask Raban Gamliel?
(b) How did Raban Gamliel answer him (with a Mashal about a man who marries
a second wife)?
(a) What problem did Zonin (who was a Yisrael [see Agados Maharsha]) have
with Avodas-Kochavim, which he knew was worthless?
(b) What Mashal did Raban Gamliel give him of the reliable man to whom
everyone deposited without witnesses, except for one man who always
deposited with witnesses.
What happened on one occasion?
(c) How does this answer Zonin's question?
(d) How does this help us to understand the Pasuk in Ki Savo "va'Chalayim
(a) What did Rava bar Rav Yitzchak ask Rav Yehudah about the idol in his
town? What did it used to do?
(b) What did Rav Yehudah reply, based on the Pasuk in Va'eschanan "Asher
Chalak Hashem Elokecha Osam le'Chol ha'Amim"? How does he interpret the word
(c) This is similar to a D'rashah of Resh Lakish.
What did Resh Lakish
Darshen from the Pasuk in Mishlei "Im le'Leitzim Hu Yalitz, ve'La'Anavim
(a) Our Mishnah permits the purchase of a Gas Be'utah from a Nochri.
is a 'Gas Be'utah'?
(b) Why is there no problem with the fact that the Nochri takes grapes from
out of the wine in the trough and carries them to the pile of grapes that
are being pressed?
(c) Does the Tana permit merely benefitting from the wine, or even drinking
(a) What will be the Din if the Nochri touches the wine in the pit?
(b) What is the advantage of overlaying the wine-pit with lime?
(a) Our Mishnah permits a Yisrael to 'tread' the wine together with the
Answers to questions
Why is this not forbidden because of ...
(b) Why does the Tana then forbid picking the grapes together with the
- ... benefitting from Isurei Hana'ah?
- ... causing Eretz Yisrael produce to become Tamei?
- ... helping a person to sin?
(c) What will be the Din in the above cases with regard to doing these
things with a Yisrael who is not particular about Tum'ah?
(d) The Tana does however, permit carrying empty barrels to the wine-press,
and full barrels from the wine-press.
What is the reason for this latter
(a) What does our Mishnah say about kneading dough and arranging it together
with a Jewish baker who is not particular about Tum'ah?
(b) What does the Tana permit?
(a) What does Rav Huna say about wine that has begun to flow into the
(b) What problem do we have with this from our Mishnah 'Lokchin Gas Be'utah
(c) How does Rav Huna therefore establish ...
- ... the Reisha of our Mishnah?
- ... the continuation of our Mishnah 'Eino Oseh Yayin Nesech Ad she'Yeired le'Bor'?
- ... the Seifa 'Yarad le'Bor, Mah she'be'Bor Asur, ve'ha'Sha'ar Mutar'?
(a) The Mishnah Rishonah said 'Bedad'.
What is 'Bedad' the acronym of?
(b) The Tana is then saying 'Ein Botzrin im ha'Oved-Kochavim be'Gas, ve'Ein
Dorchin im Yisrael she'Oseh Peirosav be'Tum'ah' (exactly as we learned in
What does the second 'Daled' ('Dorchin') come to teach us?
(a) The Mishnah Acharonah learned 'Debab', which means 'Ein Dorchin im
ha'Oved-Kochavim be'Gas, ve'Ein Botzrin im Yisrael she'Oseh Peirosav
be'Tum'ah, Aval Botzrin im ha'Oved-Kochavim be'Gas.
Answers to questions
What does the Tana
hold regarding 'Dorchin im Yisrael ... '?
(b) This Tana argues with the Mishnah Rishonah in two points.
What is the
reasoning behind his ruling ...
(c) If this Tana permits causing Tum'ah to Chulin in Eretz Yisrael, why does
he forbid picking the grapes and treading them together with a Yisrael?
- ... 'Ein Dorchin im ha'Akum be'Gas'?
- ... 'Aval Botzrin im ha'Akum be Gas'?