Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
1) If they bring in a salty dish together with bread, the Berachah over the salty dish will exempt the bread from a Berachah.
(a) To which sort of salty dish would bread be secondary?Rabba bar bar Chanah claimed that they would follow Rebbi Yochanan to eat the fruit of Ginusar, and that 'Ki Havinan Bei Mei'ah, Menaktinan Lei le'Chol Chad ve'Chad Asarah Asarah'.
(b) What does this mean?There was a tree on Har Hamelech (in the days of Yanai ha'Melech), from which they used to obtain forty Sa'ah of young birds, which were hatched three times monthly, to feed the workers who cut the figs.
(d) What is the Gemara coming to teach us with this statement?2)
(a) It is a great Yichus for a Kohen to marry a Bas Kohen. How many pairs of brothers who were Kohanim married pairs of Benos Kohen who were sisters in Gufnis (See Maharsha regarding the significance of the name 'Gufnis'), and how many such cases could they find in Bavel (from Sura to Neherda'a)?3)
(a) According to Rabban Gamliel, which Berachah Acharonah does one recite over grapes, figs and pomegranates?4)
(a) What is Rabban Gamliel's source for necessitating Bensching over all the seven kinds?5)
(a) Over what kinds of food does one recite 'Mezonos' before, and 'Al ha'Michyah' after.According to Rav Chisda, the Berachah Acharonah over fruit concludes 'Al ha'Aretz ve'Al Peiroseha', and according to Rebbi Yochanan 'Al ha'Aretz ve'Al ha'Peiros'.
(b) What makes this version of the Machlokes illogical?
6) According to some Amora'im, no Berachah Acharonah is required over vegetables or over water.
(a) What does Rav papa rule in this matter?7) There is nothing that requires a Berachah Acharonah but not Berachah Rishonah. There are however, things that require a Berachah Rishonah, but no Berachah Acharonah.
What would these be ...
(a) ... according to the Amora'im whom we cited above?8)
(a) Of all foods the size of an egg, which is the healthiest?According to Ravin, 'Tava Bei'sasa Gulgalta mi'Shita Kaisi Sulta'.
(b) What does this mean?9)
(a) Which kind of vegetable is considered a meal (and which Rebbi Akiva therefore maintains requires Bensching)?10)
(a) What is the effect of eating food that has only partially grown?When they brought raw vegetables before Ameimar, Rav Ashi and Mar Zutra - before four hours in the morning had passed, the former two ate, but Mar Zutra did not?
(c) Why were the former two surprised at Mar Zutra?11)
(a) What does the Gemara say about a tiny fish that is found among the reeds?12) According to Abaye, turnip, which is unhealthy when eaten on its own, is healthy when it is cooked with juicy meat.
(a) What does Rava say?Rebbi Yochanan agrees with Rava's opinion.
(b) What do Shmuel and Rav Papa hold?13) Salted fish is unhealthy on certain days after it has been salted.
(a) When does the salt make no difference?