ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafBeitzah 15
BEITZAH 11-15 - Ari Kornfeld has generously sponsored the Dafyomi
publications for these Dafim, for the benefit of Klal Yisrael
(a) If one has a hard fur that comprises Sha'atnez, one may ...
(b) One may wear 'Ardalin' (a kind of footwear made mainly of wool, that was
worn on the heel) even if it comprises Sha'atnez - because it is hard.
- ... sit on it.
- ... not wear it (see Tosfos DH 'Ela').
(c) According to Rava, wearing a garment (something like a money-belt)
comprising Sha'atnez, that is meant to hold ...
- ... money - is permitted, because the money causes it to become hard, whenever it is worn.
- ... seeds - is forbidden, because one is wearing Sha'atnez.
(a) One may not send a Sandal ha'Mesumar on Yom-Tov - because that is
included in Chazal's decree not to wear it (due to the terrible episode
recorded in Shabbos 60a. when the hob-nailed shoes caused the deaths of many
people who thought they were trapped by the Greeks, and tried to escape).
(b) It is not however, Muktzah - because if it were, then it would be
unnecessary to inform us that one may not send it.
(a) The Tana of our Mishnah forbids sending a shoe that has not yet been
stitched - but that is being held together with clips or with a few
temporary stitches at the sides, front and back.
Rav Sheshes permitted the Rabbanan to send Tefilin on Yom-Tov. We reconcile
this with our Mishnah, which specifically writes 'Kol *she'Ne'osin Bo
be'Yom-Tov*, Meshalchin Oso' - by moving the comma, so that the phrase now
reads 'Kol she'Ne'osin Bo, be'Yom-Tov Meshalchin Oso'.
(b) Rebbi Yehudah forbade sending a white shoe, but permitted a blackened
one. The reason for the former is - because it still needed to be blackened,
and was not generally worn prior to that.
(c) Rebbi Yossi forbade sending even a *blackened* shoe - because it still
needed to be rubbed smooth.
(d) Rebbi Yehudah and Rebbi Yossi do not, in fact, argue - because each one
is referring to the way the shoe was manufactured in his town: In Rebbi
Yehudah's town, they would manufacture the shoe with the flesh-side of the
leather inwards (and the hair-side did not require smoothening); whereas, in
Rebbi Yehudah's town, they would manufacture them with the flesh-side
outwards, and that side of the skin did require smoothening.
(a) Abaye said that someone wearing Tefilin, is ...
1. ... on his way home on Erev Shabbos (see Tosfos DH 'Hayah Bo ba'Derech'),
and it gets dark - he should place his hand on them until he reaches his
house, when he takes them off immediately.
(b) We ask on Abaye from a Beraisa - which says that he places his hand on
them, and then, in the former case, he proceeds to the first house inside
the wall of the town, and in the latter case, until he reaches the house
that is closest to the Beis Hamedrash.
2. ... sitting in the Beis Hamedrash on Erev Shabbos, and it gets dark -
does the same thing.
(c) We establish the Beraisa by a house where it *is* safe to leave them,
and Abaye when it is *not*. The problem with Abaye then is - why does he
need to say that the person was actually *wearing* the Tefilin? Even if one
were to find Tefilin in a *field* on Shabbos, one would be permitted to put
them on and take them home, pair by pair?
(a) According to the Gemara's conclusion, Abaye speaks when the Tefilin are
guarded against dogs, but not against thieves. Consequently ...
***** Hadran Alach, Beitzah *****
1. ... if he found them on the ground - he would not be permitted to put
them on and take them home.
(b) Abaye's Chidush is that - despite the fact that the Tefilin are guarded
against dogs, he is permitted to take the Tefilin that he is already
wearing, home. We might otherwise have thought that one should not carry
them into town even if he is already wearing them - because seeing as the
majority of robbers are Jews, we can be certain that they will not abuse the
Tefillin, and that he should therefore leave them there (even if he is
already wearing them). Note: That being the case, it is not clear why it is
that, if he was not wearing the Tefilin, he should leave them there?
2. ... if they are not guarded at all (even from dogs) - then he may even
put them on and take them home.
***** Perek Yom-Tov *****
(a) The Tana of our Mishnah permits someone who did not make an Eiruv - to
cook for Yom-Tov liberally, and if there is food left over for Shabbos, he
may use it; he may not, however, cook specially for Shabbos.
(b) Beis Shamai require *two* dishes for Eiruv Tavshilin - Beis Hillel,
(c) Beis Shamai concede to Beis Hillel - that if one fries fish smeared with
egg, it is considered *two* dishes.
(d) If the entire Eiruv is eaten or lost on Yom-Tov before the cooking for
Shabbos has been completed - he may no longer cook for Shabbos (Some permit
him to finish any dish that he began preparing before the Eiruv was lost -
see Answers to Review Questions 17:8d).
(a) Eiruv Tavshilin is only mi'de'Rabbanan.
The Tana of the Beraisa finds support for Eiruv Tavshilin - from the Pasuk
"es Asher Tochlu, Eifu, ve'es Asher Tevashlu, Basheilu" (the excessive
Lashon teaches us that there are some Fridays when one may not begin to cook
and bake for Shabbos, but must start on the previous day). Note: This Pasuk
is one of the sources for the need to prepare two articles for Eiruv
Tavshilin, something cooked and something baked.
(b) The Derashah from "Zachor es Yom ha'Shabbos le'Kadesho" (that one should
not forget Shabbos, by making an Eiruv, when Yom-Tov falls on Friday) is
only an Asmachta (a support for the Rabbanan's Takanah, but not really
(c) Rav Ashi says that making an Eiruv on Erev Yom-Tov is really a
demonstration that one does not intend to begin cooking on Yom-Tov for after
Yom-Tov which is Shabbos, a good reminder that it is forbidden to cook on
Yom-Tov for after Yom-Tov when it is a week-day.
(d) According to Rava, our Mishnah requires that one prepares the Eiruv on
Erev Yom-Tov, and not on Yom-Tov itself - because with all the excitement of
Yom-Tov, we are afraid that he may forget to prepare it then.
(a) When, during the Yom-Tov Derashah, the first group of disciples left
the Beis Hamedrash, Rebbi Eliezer referred to them as 'Ba'alei Patsin' - he
meant that they must have prepared large barrels of spiced wine to feast on.
(b) The second, third, fourth and fifth groups, he referred to as people who
are attached to their barrels, jugs, jars and cups respectively. He called
the sixth group, cursed - because they were leaving the Beis-Hamedrash
noticeably empty, a disgrace to Kavod ha'Torah. The Aruch say that it is
because it was so late in the day that they would end up with nothing; they
would neither hear the end of the Derashah, nor would they gain a proper
(c) When Rebbi Eliezer then turned to the disciples - they thought that he
was angry with them for not leaving earlier (See Agados Maharsha).
(d) But he said to them ...
1. ... to reassure them - that it is not with *them* that he was angry, but
with those had left early, because *they* were relinquishing everlasting
life to indulge in a life that is only temporary.
2. ... subsequently - that they should go and eat good foods and drink sweet
wines ... . (According to the Agados Maharsha, this may be referring to the
second day of Rosh Hashanah, seeing as the first day had already passed -
and it is difficult to understand the Aruch [in b.] in any other way see
(a) According to Rebbi Eliezer, there is no absolute Mitzvah of Simchas Yom-
Tov (except for on Shavu'os) - but one is permitted to eat all day, or to
learn all day, if one so wishes.
(b) Rebbi Yehoshua says that one should divide Yom-Tov into two - half for
oneself (eating etc.) and half for Hashem (Davening and learning Torah).
(c) According to him - "Atzeres la'Hashem Elokecha" refers to the half for
Hashem, and "Atzeres Tihyeh Lachem", to the half for oneself; whereas
according to Rebbi Eliezer, one has an open choice of dedicating the entire
day for Hashem or the entire day for oneself (it is obvious that what Rebbi
Eliezer means is that he has the choice of serving Hashem through spiritual
means or through physical ones - he is not speaking of pure self-
indulgence). Note: It is possible, that Rebbi Eliezer permits any
combination of personal pleasure and spiritual activity, allowing *even* all
of one or all of the other (in fact the two explanations at the end of 10c.
might well depend on the two possible ways of explaining Rebbi Eliezer
(d) We learn from the Pasuk ...
1. ... "ve'Shilchu Manos *le'Ein Nachon Lo*" - that one should send food
gifts either to anyone who *did not* prepare an Eiruv, or to anyone who
*could not* prepare an Eiruv (but not to someone who *could*, because he is
a sinner, and does not deserve assistance (If *he* does not care about his
Yom-Tov meals, why should *we*?
2. ... "Chedvas Hashem Hi Ma'uzchem" - that the pleasure that you derive in
Hashem (to eat nice meals to serve Hashem with joy), even going so far as to
borrow in order to achieve this, will be your strength (meaning that that
pleasure, together with your faith in Hashem, will stand you in good stead,
and help you to recover your losses and pay off those debts).
(a) If someone wishes to ensure that his fields are not stolen - Rebbi
Yochanan Amar Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon advises him to plant an Adar tree
(a precious tree which stood out, and was known from afar to belong to so
and so). The fact that there are numerous witnesses who will be able to
testify that *he* is the owner this field, and *not* the thief, *strengthen*
his ownership, and "*Adir* ba'Marom Hashem" also means that Hashem is
(b) Alternatively - Adra has the connotation of 'le'Dari Dari' (implying
that it will last for generations).
(c) If 'Adra' is not a tree, but a sort of precious grass - then it might
help preserve the crops by mixing with them and killing the worms that
attack them and keeping them at bay, by its strong smell.