ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Metzia 107
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(a) We learned in our Mishnah 'Tevu'ah, Lo Yizre'enah Kitnis'. Rav Yehudah
told Ravin bar Rav Nachman - to read 'Tevu'ah, Yizre'enah Kitnis'.
(b) To resolve his version of the Mishnah with our's, Rav Yehudah explained
'Ha Lan, Ha Lehu' by which he meant - that in Eretz Yisrael it is forbidden,
because it is a mountainous country which dries quickly, and will therefore
become weakened through the planting of legumes, whereas in Bavel, which is
deep, and full of pools of water, this will not happen.
(c) He also told him that one is permitted to help oneself to cress that
grows among the flax - because it interferes with its growth and its removal
is therefore beneficial for the owner.
(d) If the cress grows on the border, it no longer interferes with the
growth of the flax, and is subject to Gezel, and the same applies - to cress
that is fully grown, and which will no longer harm the flax if it remains in
(a) The borders of Rav Yehudah and Ravin bar Rav Nachman fields touched.
When Rav Yehudah said to Ravin bar Rav Nachman 'Dili Dilach, ve'Dilach
Dili', he meant - that they were not in the least fussy about ownership of
the fruits of the trees that grew there (Shitah Mekubetzes).
(b) He nevertheless suggested - that they bend each tree, to hang over the
field to which it belonged, because close neighbors have the Minhag to grant
ownership to the person over whose field the branches hang. By doing so,
they clarified the rightful ownership of each tree.
(c) This is actually the opinion of Rav. According to Shmuel - since the
roots grow in both fields - they share the fruit.
(a) The Beraisa rules that if a tree is planted on the border, they divide
the fruit. To resolve the Kashya on Rav, Shmuel establishes this Beraisa -
when the roots fill the joint border.
(b) For there to be a Chidush, we establish the Beraisa when the tree is
bending over one field more the other - because then we might have thought
that we divide the tree along the border, so that the owner over whose field
the tree is bending will receive most of the fruit. Therefore the Beraisa
teaches 'Yachloku', by dividing the fruits in the other direction, across
(c) Rav Yehudah advised Ravin bar Rav Nachman - not to purchase land right
next to the town. And he based this on a statement of Rebbi Avahu ... Amar
Rav, who said - that one may not stand beside a field of standing corn,
because he may give it an Ayin ha'Ra.
(a) The Talmidim of Rav citing their Rebbe, explained the Pasuk in Ki Savo
to Rebbi Aba "Baruch Atah ba'Ir" - that your house will be close to the
Shul; "u'Varuch Atah ba'Sadeh" - that your property will be close to the
town; "Baruch Atah be'Vo'echa" - that you will not arrive home from a
journey and find your wife a Safek Nidah; "u'Varuch Atah be'Tzeisecha" -
that your offspring will be like you. Rav said 'Safek Nidah' (not to
preclude a Vaday Nidah, but) because he wanted to stress that the blessing
extends even to Safek Nidah, and Kol she'Kein Vaday (see Agados Maharsha).
(b) He explains ...
1. ... "Baruch Atah ba'Ir" to mean - that you will have a bathroom next to
(c) Rebbi Yochanan declined to accept Rav's explanation of "Baruch Atah
ba'Ir" - because, according to him, it is better to live further away from a
Shul, since one receives 'S'char Pesi'os' (reward for traveling to Shul,
commensurate with the distance that one travels).
2. ... "u'Varuch Atah ba'Sadeh" - that your property will be divided into
three; a third, produce, a third, olives, and a third, vines (so that, in
case one or the other is smitten with a plague, the other will succeed).
3. ... "Baruch Atah be'Vo'echa u'Varuch Atah be'Tzeisecha" - that your exit
from the world will be as sinless as when you entered it.
(d) Rebbi Yochanan said 'that your *table* will be close to the bathroom'
(rather than 'to your house') - because it is imperitive to examine whether
one does not need to relieve oneself after eating. Not to do so, can result
in illness, which can also be the result of having to travel a long
distance to the bathroom).
(a) According to Rav, the Pasuk "ve'Heisir Hashem Mimcha Kol Choli" - refers
to Ayin ha'Ra.
(b) Rav came to this conclusion after reciting certain incantations by the
graves of people who had died, when he discovered that out of every hundred
people who died, ninety-nine died as a result of Ayin ha'Ra, and only one of
(c) According to Shmuel, the Pasuk is referring to wind, which affects
everybody differently, and ultimately causes their deaths, even those of the
ten martyrs (and anybody else who was murdered) - because if not for the
wind that affected their wounds, they too, could have been revived.
(d) Rebbi Chanina disagrees. He learns from he Pasuk "Tzinim Pachim
be'Derech Ikesh, Shomer Nafsho Yirchak Meihem" - that the only thing that
lies within a person's control is natural colds and cold air. Consequently,
he says, that is what causes people's deaths.
(a) Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina attributes most deaths to accumulated dirt
inside a person's nose and ears, of which a majority is harmful, Rebbi
Elazar, to the malfunctioning of the gall-bladder.
(b) The Torah nevertheless writes "va'Hasirosi *Machlah* mi'Kirbecha" -
because according to the Beraisa, that is the cause of all illnesses.
(c) The significance of the numerical value of "Machlah" (eighty-three) is -
that, according to Yesh Omrim in the Beraisa, that is the number of
illnesses that are connected with the gall-bladder.
(d) One overcomes the danger of a gall-bladder malfunctioning - by eating
bread with salt and drinking water (breakfast - known as 'Pas Shachris')
(a) Bread and water (if one cannot afford wine - see also Agados Maharsha)
in the morning (breakfast) make a man 'healthy, wealthy and wise'. Among
other things, it saves a person from heat, cold and Zikin and Mazikin
(demons). Zikin are - the winds of which Shmuel spoke earlier.
(b) They enable him to become wise, to win his legal battles, to learn,
teach, convince others that his opinions are correct and retain what he
learns - by removing his hunger, and giving him a settled mind and strength.
(c) It also prevents perspiration, kills the worms in a man's stomach and
prevents him from having a desire for other women - by enabling him to be
intimate with his wife before going out to work, should this be necessary.
(d) Some say that Pas Shachris ... also drives away jealousy and brings love
of one's fellow-Jew in its place - because there's nothing like an empty
stomach to cause an angry disposition, which in turn, causes jealousy and
(a) Rava bar Mari learned from the Pasuk "Lo Yir'avu, ve'Lo Yitzma'u, ve'Lo
Yakem Sharev va'Shamesh" - that Pas Shachris ... saves one from bring
smitten by the heat or the cold (see Agados Maharsha).
(b) So the Chachamim advised - that one eats Pas Shachris each day.
(c) Rabah himself disagreed with Rava bar Mari - because he preferred to
learn this from a Pasuk in Beshalach (as we shall now see).
(d) Rabah Darshened ...
1. ... "va'Avadtem es Hashem Elokeichem" - 'Zu K'ri'as Sh'ma u'Tefilah'.
(e) The outcome of all this is - "va'Hasirosi Machlah mi'Kirbecha".
2. ... "u'Veirach es Lachmecha ve'es Meimecha" - 'Zu Pas ba'Melach ve'Kiton
(a) Rav Yehudah advised Rav Ada the measurer (of land) to be meticulous in
his trade - because in every inch, one can plant a beautiful crocus.
(b) He also advised him to be liberal when measuring the Anigra, which
refers - to the banks of the tributaries that flowed from the main river. It
was on those banks that each landowner next to whose field the tributary
flowed stood to draw water from the tributary, for which he was entitled to
(c) The reason for the advice to be liberal was - to give the drawers plenty
of room to stand, as they drew the water.
(d) And when he added 'de'Anhara Lo Simshachenhu K'lal', he meant - that
when it came to measuring the space that the boatmen required on the river
banks to pull their barges, Rav Ada should allot them a wide stretch of land
(without measurement), providing them with ample room to maneuver without
falling into the water. The reason for the difference is - because whereas
the former only pertained to a few people (those whose fields lined the
tributaries), who could all be asked to be Mochel for the inconvenience (of
giving them too little space), the latter applied to everyone whose boats
sailed the river, and it is not feasible to ask them all for Mechilah.
(a) Rebbi Ami announced - that forests that lined the river banks, depriving
the boatmen of the space they needed to pull their boats (i.e. the space to
hold the ropes over their shoulders and tug the boats as they walked along
the banks) should be cut down.
(b) Both sides of the river - had to remain clear, because sometimes the
boatmen used one side of the river, and sometimes, the other.
(c) The owners of the forest Mashrunya give Rav Nasan bar Hoshaya a
beating - for cutting down a forest that did not leave the boatmen sixteen
Amos clearance (which is far more than they really need).
(d) Rav Nasan's mistake was - that he compared it to a Reshus ha'Rabim
(which requires sixteen Amos, whereas the river banks do not).
(a) When they asked Rabah bar Rav Huna to cut down the trees of his forest
that lined the local river and which prevented them from pulling their
boats - he replied that when those whose fields lined the river above and
below him would cut down their trees, he would follow suite and cut down
(b) Based on Resh Lakish, who extrapolated from the Pasuk "Hiskosheshu
ve'Koshu" the well-known principle 'K'shot Atzme'cha ve'Achar-Kach K'shot
Acheirim' ('first put yourself right before rectifying others'), one would
have expected Rabah bar Rav Huna - to cut his trees down first, before
asking his neighbors to cut down theirs.
(c) The reason that he did not do this was - because the forest at either
end of his section belonged to Parzak Rufila (a Persian Prince), who would
not have cut his forest down even if he was asked, so what point was there
in Rabah bar Rav Huna cutting down his section?
(d) The boat owners - had no option but to pull their boats along the other
side of the river.