REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 11
BAVA BASRA 11 (18 Nisan) - Dedicated by Kenny & Aliza Weinblatt in memory of
their grandfather, Sam (Shmuel Ben Baruch) Silverman Z"L, who was Niftar on
18 Nisan. May all the Zechuyos from this learning provide an Aliyah for his
(a) Binyamin ha'Tzadik was in charge of the Kupah shel Tzedakah.
to him once for help in a year of draught?
(b) What did the widow reply when he told her that there was money left in
the Kupah? So what did he do?
(c) What did the angels claim when a short while later, he fell ill and was
about to die?
(d) What happened subsequently? How many years were added to his life?
(a) What did Munbaz Hamelech do in a time of famine?
(b) On what grounds did his family object?
(c) He pointed to six advantages that his method of savings had over theirs,
each based on a Pasuk. From the Pasuk in Tehilim "Emes me'Eretz Titzmach,
ve'Tzedek *mi'Shamayim* Nishkaf" he extrapolated that the advantage that
his treasury was stored in Heaven.
What advantage did he extrapolate from
the Pasuk ...
(d) From the Pasuk in Mishlei "P'ri Tzadik Eitz Chayim, *ve'Loke'ach
Nefashos* Chacham", he learned that he, as opposed to his ancestors, had
- ... also in Tehilim "Tzedek u'Mishpat *Mechon Kis'echa*"?
- ... in Yeshayah "Imru Tzadik Ki Tov, Ki *P'ri Ma'aleleihem* Yocheilu"?
What did he learn from the Pasuk ...
- ... in Ki Seitzei "*u'Lecha* Tih'yeh Tzedakah"?
- ... in Yeshayah "ve'Halach Le'fanecha Tzidkecha, Kevod Hashem Ya'asfecha"?
(a) We learned in our Mishnah that the moment one purchases a house in a
town, one becomes a resident. Why can the author of our Mishnah not be Raban
Shimon ben Gamliel? What, according to Raban Shimon ben Gamliel in a
Beraisa, does one need to purchase to become a resident?
(b) In another Beraisa however, he does agree with our Mishnah.
he say there?
(c) How do we reconcile the two Beraisos?
(a) How large must a jointly-owned Chatzer be for one of the partners to be
able to force the other partner to divide it?
(b) According to the Tana Kama ...
- ... a field must produce nine Kabin for each partner.
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
- ... a vegetable-garden must produce half a Kav for each partner.
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(a) How does the Tana gauge what is fit to divide in this regard, by a large
room, a dove-cot, a cloak or a bathhouse?
(b) Which other two things does the Tana include in this list?
(c) How do we reconcile the Shiur for a wheat-field with a spring with that
of a field mentioned earlier in the Mishnah?
(d) The Tana of our Mishnah adds that if both partners agree, then the above
Shiurim are of no consequence.
Why does he need to tell us this? Is it not
(a) What does Rebbi Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan mean when he says that the four
Amos in the Mishnah does not include the entrances?
(b) What is his reason for saying that?
(c) And his opinion is substantiated by a Beraisa.
What area in the
Chatzer does the Tana there require each partner to receive?
(d) How do others present the statement of Rebbi Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan?
(a) What does Rav Huna mean when he says that a Chatzer is divided according
to its entrances?
(b) What does Rav Chisda say?
(c) The Beraisa supports Rav Chisda.
How does Abaye explain the Tana, who
adds that if one of them has an entrance of eight Amos, he takes the eight
Amos next to the entrance plus four Amos in the Chatzer?
(a) What does Ameimar say about someone who owns a pit for date-stones in
the Chatzer? What is the function of these date-stones?
Answers to questions
(b) In which case, will Ameimar's concession not apply? Why is that?
(a) Rav Huna does not grant someone whose Achsadra (sun-porch) opens into
the Chatzer, four Amos next to the entrance.
(b) How does he initially reconcile this ruling with the Beraisa quoted by
Rav Sheishes, which specifically equates an Achsadra with a house in this
(c) What objection do we raise to this answer?
(d) So how does Rav Huna finally establish the Beraisa?
(a) What does the Beraisa say about a porch, a Roman Achsadra and a balcony?
What do they all have in common?
(b) How many Amos in the Chatzer does the Tana grant the owner of a balcony
with five doors which open out onto it?
(c) Rebbi Yochanan asked Rebbi Yanai whether a chicken-coop with an entrance
to the Chatzer has four Amos. What did he reply?
(d) Rava asked Rav Nachman whether, if a house with an entrance to the
Chatzer is only half walled, the owner has four Amos in the Chatzer next to
the entrance or not.
What did he answer him? Will it make any difference
whether it is the inner half of the house which is walled or the outer half?
(a) Rav Huna asked Rav Ami whether, if Reuven, whose house adjoined two
Chatzeiros, and who had until now used Chatzer a., now wishes to switch over
to Chatzer b., the members of Chatzer b. are entitled to stop him from doing
What did he answer?
(b) He also asked him whether the king's soldiers, whom the residents of the
town were obligated to put up, were billeted according to the number of
people per household (see Rabeinu Gershom) or according to the number of
entrances to the Chatzer.
What did he answer?
(c) We cite a Beraisa in support of Rav Ami's ruling.
What does the Tana
then say about the manure in the Chatzer?
(d) And what did Rav Huna say about a resident who wishes to enclose the
four Amos outside his entrance from the Chatzer to the Mavoy (see Tosfos DH
(a) What does the Beraisa say about the residents of the other four
Chatzeros that open into the Mavoy, using the section of Mavoy corresponding
(b) What is the determining principle behind this Halachah?
- ... the outer Chatzer (nearest the street)?
- ... the inner Chatzer?
(c) How does this clash with Rav Huna's previous ruling?
(d) How do we answer this Kashya?
(a) The Tana of another Beraisa authorizes the residents of one Mavoy to
stop a resident of another Mavoy from opening a new entrance on to their
Chatzer, as we explained earlier.
What does Rebbi say about a resident of
a Mavoy who had a door that opened on to the Chatzer which he sealed off,
and who now wishes to reopen it?
(b) What must the Tana Kama have said for Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar to have
responded 'Chamesh Chatzeros he'Pesuchos le'Mavoy, Kulan Mishtamshos
(c) What does this prove?
(a) We just learned in the Beraisa that a resident of a Mavoy is permitted
to reopen the former entrance to the Chatzer that he sealed off. How does
Rava qualify this ruling? In which case would he lose his rights by sealing
Answers to questions
(b) Abaye supports Rava's ruling with a Beraisa. The Beraisa repeats this
distinction with regard to Tum'as Meis.
What is the Halachah there, if
there is a Meis in a house whose only entrance the owner sealed ...
(c) What is the reason for the latter ruling?
- ... leaving the door-posts intact?
- ... after removing the door-posts?
(d) What prompted Chazal to issue such a decree?