REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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KESUVOS 11-14 - have been anonymously dedicated by a unique Ohev Torah and
Marbitz Torah living in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.
(a) An engaged couple came before Rav Yosef. Both agreed that she was
pregnant from him. Rav Yosef accepted their testimony on the grounds that
they both agreed.
Why would he have accepted it even if the man had denied
being the father of the baby?
(b) On what grounds did Abaye query Rav Yosef's ruling in this case?
(c) How did Rav Yosef nevertheless justify it?
(a) Assuming 'Almanas Isah' to be a S'fek S'feika' (like Rav Yosef Tuv
Ileim), what is an Almanas Isah'?
(b) What Rebbi Yehoshua and Rebbi Yehudah ben Beseira rule in the case of
(c) How do we reconcile this ruling with Rebbi Yehoshua's own ruling in our
Mishnah, where he does not believe the woman who says that the man she had
been 'talking to' was a Kohen?
(d) We retract from this answer however, in light of the fact that Raban
Gamliel's two rulings also appear contradictory. How do we reconcile ...
- ... Raban Gamliel, who believes the woman in our Mishnah, but not an Almanas Isah?
- ... Rebbi Yehoshua (finally), who believes her by Almanas Isah but not in our Mishnah?
(a) Why is the case currently under discussion called 'Almanas Isah'?
Answers to questions
(b) What is the significance of Safek Mamzeirus, Nesinus and Avdei Melachim
with regard to Almanas Isah?
(c) What exactly, is 'Avdei Melachim'?
(a) What do we initially infer (with regard to a Safek Chalal) from the
Tana's exclusive list (of the three above-mentioned P'sulim - Safek
Mamzeirus, Nesinus and Avdei Melachim)?
(b) Why is the Tana's distinction between Safek Chalal and other cases of
Safek P'sul difficult to understand?
(c) What is also the problem with Rebbi Meir, who says in the Beraisa 'Kol
she'Ein Bah Echad mi'Kol Eilu, Masi'in li'Kehunah'?
(d) The Tana also writes 've'Chein Amar Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar Amar Rebbi
What does he go on to say with regard to Almanas Isah,
that contradicts the Tana Kama in Rebbi Meir?
(a) Rebbi Yochanan establishes the triple Machlokes in the Beraisa on two
issues (Chalal Shosek and Mamzer Tzovei'ach). Rebbi Meir and the Tana Kama
argue over Chalal Shosek. The Tana Kama permits Almanas Isah to marry
li'Kehunah provided Mamzeirus, Nesinus and Avdei Melachim are not included
in the Safek.
What is the reason for these being Pasul? What is the case?
(b) What will he therefore hold in a case where Safek Chalal is included
(c) Rebbi Meir declares her Kasher li'Kehunah in the case of a Safek Chalal.
Why is that?
(a) Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar Amar Rebbi Meir disagrees with the Tana Kama
quoting Rebbi Meir in a number of points.
What does he say with regard to
(b) Which cases of Safek Chalal does he agree is Kasher?
- ... a Chalal ve'Shosek?
- ... a Mamzer ve'Shosek?
(c) What does he hold in the case of Mamzer ve'Tzovei'ach?
(a) What did Rebbi Yochanan ben Nuri rule regarding the girl who was raped
when she went down to the well to draw water from the spring?
Answers to questions
(b) What problem does Rava have with Rebbi Yochanan ben Nuri's ruling?
(c) Rav Nachman establishes the ruling in accordance with Rebbi Yehoshua,
and he speaks 'bi'K'ronos shel Tzipori Hayah Ma'aseh'.
What does he mean