REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Kesuvos 111
KESUVOS 111 - dedicated anonymously in honor of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, and in
honor of those who study the Dafyomi around the world.
(a) Rebbi Zeira initially learns the three (identical) Pesukim in Shir
Hashirim "Hishba'ti Eschem B'nos Yerushalayim ... Im Ta'iru ve'Im Te'or'ru
es ha'Ahavah" like Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina.
What sort of warning emerges from the expression used in all three Pesukim
"bi'Tzeva'os O be'Aylos ha'Sadeh"?
Which three oaths does
Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina extrapolate from these three Pesukim, according
to Rebbi Zeira?
(b) Rav Yehudah disagrees.
Which other prohibition does *he* learn from
one of these Pesukim (as we learned above)?
(c) From where does Rav Yehudah then learn the double oath, one on Yisrael
not to rebel, and the other, on the nations of the world not to exploit
their authority over Yisrael?
(d) Rebbi Zeira concludes that in that case there are really *six* oaths
(two in each Pasuk), which he goes on to explain like Rebbi Levi.
additional three oaths does Rebbi Levi extrapolate from these Pesukim?
(a) According to Rebbi Elazar, the Pasuk in Yeshayah "u'Bal Yomar Shachen
Chaleisi, ha'Am ha'Yoshev Bah Nesu Avon" teaches us that living in Eretz
Yisrael serves as an atonement for all one's previous sins. What did
Ravina comment to Rav Ashi with regard to that? How did *he* explain the
(b) What 'Gezeirah-Shavah' does Rav Anan learn from the Pasuk in Ha'azinu
"ve'Chiper *Admaso* Amo" and that in Yisro "Mizbach *Adamah* Ta'aseh Li"?
(c) When they informed Rebbi Elazar that Ula, who was a frequent visitor to
Eretz Yisrael, had died in Chutz la'Aretz, he expressed surprise that Ula
should have died in a Tamei land.
What did he say when they told that his
coffin had arrived in Eretz Yisrael?
(d) What did Rebbi Chanina say to that man who asked him whether he should
travel to Bei Chuza'a in Bavel, in order to perform the Mitzvah of Yibum?
(a) Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel placed traveling from *Bavel* to another country
in the same category as traveling from Eretz Yisrael to another country.
Why did he say that?
(b) Did his statement include business trips?
(c) What did Rabah and Rav Yosef mean when they said 'Even from Pumbedisa to
(d) Rav Yosef placed in Cherem someone who moved from Pumbedisa to Bei Kuvi.
What did Abaye say about a man who moved from Pumbedisa to Estonia and died?
(a) Rabah and Rav Yosef both stated that Eretz Yisrael took in the best of
Bavel, and Bavel took in the best of its surrounding countries. They
cannot have meant that the men of Bavel married the most Meyuchas families
of Eretz Yisrael (thereby improving their own Yichus) and likewise the men
of other countries married the most Meyuchas women of Bavel ... .
(b) Then what did they mean?
(a) What does Rav Yehudah say about someone who lives in Bavel?
(b) Why will they call Hutzal of Binyamin (in Bavel) in the time of
Mashi'ach 'Karna de'Sheizvasa'?
(c) What does Rebbi Elazar initially learn from the Pasuk in Yechezkel
"ve'Nasati Tz'vi be'Eretz Chayim"?
(d) Rebbi Aba bar Mamal interprets the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Yichyu Meisecha
Nivlasi Yekumun" to refer to the dead of Eretz Yisrael and the dead of Chutz
How does Rebbi Elazar interpret "Nivlasi Yekumun"?
(a) How does Rebbi Aba bar Mamal explain the Pasuk "ve'Nasati Tz'vi be'Eretz
Chayim"? To whom does "Tz'vi" apply?
(b) Rebbi Elazar concedes to this explanation, and precludes the dead of
Chutz la'Aretz from Techi'as ha'Meisim from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Nosein
Neshamah la'Am *Alehah* ... ". Rebbi Aba bar Mamal uses the Pasuk for the
'Gezeirah-Shavah' of Rebbi Avahu (between this Pasuk and the Pasuk in
Vayeira "Sh'vu Lachem Poh *Im* ha'Chamor").
What does Rebbi Avahu learn
from this 'Gezeirah-Shavah'?
(c) What does Rebbi Yirmiyah bar Aba Amar Rebbi Yochanan extrapolate from
the end of the previous Pasuk " ... ve'Ru'ach la'Holchim Bah"?
(d) Does this mean that the Tzadikim in Chutz la'Aretz will not come to life
at Techi'as ha'Meisim? What does Rebbi Ila'a contend?
(a) Rebbi Aba Sala Raba refutes Rebbi Ila'a's contention (that they will
roll along tunnels), on the grounds that this is painful, and there seems no
reason why Tzadikim should be made to suffer this pain.
So how does Abaye
amend the answer?
(b) That being so, why did Ya'akov, and subsequently Yosef, find it
necessary to trouble their children to carry them on the long journey to
Eretz Yisrael? Why did they not rely on the tunnels?
(c) In their quest to induce Rabah to come and live in Eretz Yisrael, his
brothers cited him the Sugya abut Ya'akov and Yosef.
What story did Ilfa
add to that (about a man who fell in love with a woman in Chutz la'Aretz)?
(d) Which great Rebbe did they suggest he could learn from should he move to
(a) In the meantime, Rabah's brothers gave him some medical advice. On what
grounds did they advise him not to ...
Answers to questions
(b) What did they ...
- ... sit excessively?
- ... stand excessively?
- ... walk excessively?
(c) And what did they mean when they said that Yitzchak. Shimon and Oshaya
said one thing: 'Halachah ke'Rebbi Yehudah bi'P'reidos'!? What is the Din
with regard to breeding a mule whose mother is an ass, (but whose father is
a horse) with a donkey, according to ...
- ... then advise him to do?
- ... mean when they said that standing is always better than sitting
(considering that standing, as we just explained, is bad for the heart)?
(d) By Yitzchak, they meant Rebbi Yitzchak Nafcha, by Shimon, Rebbi Shimon
ben Pazi or Resh Lakish.
- ... Rebbi Yehudah?
- ... according to the Rabbanan?
Which Oshaya were they referring to?
(a) What does Rebbi Elazar learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Meisim bal
Yichyu, Refa'im bal Yichyu"? What does "Refa'im refer to ...
(b) Rebbi Elazar conceded this point to Rebbi Yochanan.
- ... according to him?
- ... according to Rebbi Yochanan?
What did he then
learn from another Pasuk in Yeshayah "Ki Tal Oros Talecha, ve'Eretz Refa'im
(a) When Rebbi Elazar noticed how upset this made Rebbi Yochanan, he
consoled him by first quoting the Pasuk in Va'eschanan "ve'Atem ha'D'veikim
be'Hashem Elokeichem Chayim Kul'chem ha'Yom".
Why can this Pasuk not be
(b) How did he explain it? Which three things does it incorporate?
(c) And how did he then console Rebbi Yochanan, using the same idea?
(a) What does Rebbi Chiya bar Aba learn from the Pasuk in Tehilim
"Vayatzitzu me'Ir ke'Eisev"? Which city is the Pasuk referring to?
(b) What does the Tana of the Beraisa extrapolate from a wheat-kernel (in
connection with Techi'as ha'Meisim)? What would be the connection between a
wheat- kernel and Techi'as ha'Meisim anyway?
(c) What does Rav Chiya bar Yosef learn from the Pasuk in Tehilim "Yehi
Pisas Bar ba'Aretz"?
(d) The Tana of the Beraisa (who does not seem to agree with Rav Chiya bar
Yosef's Derashah, informs us that these wheat-stalks will grow on top of the
mountains like date-palms.
Does that mean that everyone will have to
perform feats of mountaineering in order to collect their food?
(a) What does the Tana go on to learn from the Pasuk in Ha'azinu "Im Cheilev
(b) This does not sound so surprising after we are told about the fox who
bored a hole in a turnip to give birth to his brood inside it. How much did
the remaining part of the turnip weigh?
(c) And what did ...
1. ... Rebbi Yossi testify about the man from Shichin, whose father left him
three branches of mustard plant, when one of them broke off the main stem?
How much did the mustard-seeds measure, and what did they manage to do with
the wood of the branch?
(d) The Torah writes in Vayechi "ve'Dam Einav Tishteh Chamer". What do we
learn from there concerning the difference between this world and the next
2. ... Rebbi Shimon ben Chalafta (Rebbi Yossi's brother) testify about the
stalk of cabbage which their father left them?
- ... the method by which one obtains wine?
- ... the amount of wine that one grape contains? What do we Darshen from the word "Chamer"?
- ... the wood of the stalk from which the one grape is picked? What will one be able to do with it?
(a) What did Ravin learn from the Pasuk in Vayechi ...
(b) Elaborating on "Osri la'Gefen Iyro", what do we learn from ...
- ... "Osri la'Gefen Iyro"?
- ... "ve'la'Soreikah B'ni, Asono"?
(c) And what do we learn from ...
- ... "Ki'bes ba'Yayin Levusho"?
- ... "ve'Dam Einav Tishteh Chamer"?
(d) How does Rav Dimi explain "Chachlili Einayim mi'Yayin, u'L'ven Shinayim
mei'Chalav"? Based on "u'L'ven Shinayim mei'Chalav", how did Rebbi Yochanan
- ... "Susoh"?
- ... "Chachlili Einayim mi'Yayin"?
- ... "u'L'ven Shinayim mei'Chalav"?
(a) Why did Rav Chiya bar Ada come three days late? Why did this cause Resh
Lakish to become concerned?
(b) How many clusters of grapes did he manage to pick on each of those days?
Does that mean that he picked the same amount each day?
(c) He actually left more than half of the harvest on the vine.
he do with that?
(d) Did Resh Lakish accept his excuse for coming late to learn with his
(a) What did Rami bar Yechezkel see when he went to B'nei B'rak that caused
him to refer to the Pasuk "Eretz Zavas Chalav u'D'vash"?
Answers to questions
(b) Rebbi Ya'akov ben Dusta'i used to walk from Lud to Ono.
once when he made the walk early in the morning? How far is it from Lud to
(c) What was the area of "Zavas Chalav u'D'vash" of ...
- ... Tzipori, according to the testimony of Resh Lakish?
- ... the whole of Eretz Yisrael, according to the testimony of Rabah bar bar Chanah?