REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 5
BAVA BASRA 3-5 - sponsored by Harav Ari Bergmann of Lawrence, N.Y., out of
love for Torah and those who study it.
(a) How did Runya react when Ravina, whose fields surrounded Runya's field
on all four sides, and who had built a partition wall on all four sides,
when he asked him for ...
(b) What did he then ask him for, when he refused to respond even to that?
- ... half the costs of the wall?
- ... half the cost of a fence of cheap canes?
(c) How did Ravina set out to prove that Runya was benefitting from the
walls, when he once spotted him picking dates from his date-palm?
(d) What did Ravina reply when, in response to the above episode, Runya
argued that one does not need a wall to protect one's date-palms from the
goats, because shouting at them is sufficient?
(a) What did Rava rule, when the case was brought before him?
(b) What is the Halachah?
(a) When Runya purchased a field next to Ravina's, Ravina, applying the
principle Diyna de'bar Metzra, claimed it, but Rav Safra B'rei de'Rav Yeiva
said 'Arba le'Tzala, Arba'ah le'Tzalela'.
What was he effectively ruling?
(b) One explanation is that 'Tzala' means a poor leather-maker, and
'Tzalela', a rich one, and, since each one requires four loaves to feed his
family per day, Ravina should leave the field for Runya, who needed it for
his Parnasah more than he did (see Rabeinu Gershom).
On what grounds do we
reject this explanation?
(c) Then what does it mean, based on the fact that Runya was a
(a) What does our Mishnah say about a wall (six Amos in high, for example)
dividing between two Chatzeros that collapses?
(b) What will be the Din if, after rebuilding the wall, Reuven claims half
the expenses, and Shimon counter claims that he has already paid?
(c) What will be the Din if Reuven rebuilt the wall of six Amos, and, after
refusing to share the costs, Shimon builds a wall of six Amos adjacent to
(d) What will be the Din in this latter case, if Reuven claims half the
expenses of the six-Amah wall, and Shimon counters that he has already paid?
(a) According to Resh Lakish, if Reuven lends Shimon money to be paid by a
given date, and Shimon claims that he paid before the expiry-date, he is not
Answers to questions
What do Abaye and Rava say? Why is that?
(b) How do we try and prove Abaye and Rava right from the Reisha of our
Mishnah 'be'Chezkas she'Nasan ad she'Yavi Re'ayah she'Lo Nasan'?
(c) What do we answer?
(a) We learned in the Seifa of our Mishnah (in the case where Shimon built a
wall parallel to Shimon's six-Amah wall) 'be'Chezkas she'Lo Nasan ad
she'Yavi Re'ayah she'Nasan'.
On the assumption that the Tana must be
speaking when Shimon claimed to have paid before the expiry-date, what do we
try and prove from there?
(b) What makes us initially think that the Tana cannot be speaking when
Shimon claimed that he had paid before the expiry-date?
(c) On what grounds do we refute that assumption?
(d) Rav Papa and Rav Huna B'rei de'Rav Yehoshua ruled like Abaye and Rava
('Adam Pore'a Toch Zemano'); Mar bar Rav Ashi ruled like Resh Lakish ('Ein
Adam Pore'a Toch Zemano').
Like whom is the Halachah?
(a) We conclude the previous ruling with 'va'Afilu mi'Yasmi'.
What is the
(b) What is the significance of this statement? What would we have expected
the Din to be?
(a) We ask whether, if Shimon will be believed, if he claimed after the
expiry-date that he paid already before.
Answers to questions
Having just concluded 'Ein Adam
Pore'a Toch Zemano', why might he nevertheless be believed?
(b) What does 'Mah Lo Le'shaker' mean?