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1) WHICH DOORWAYS REQUIRE A "MEZUZAH"
(a) (Rav Huna): If there is an opening in the ceiling to the
attic, if there is only one doorway (at the top or bottom
of the staircase leading to it), it requires a Mezuzah;
if there are two, both require Mezuzos.
2) THE "PARSHIYOS" IN "TEFILIN"
(b) Inference (Rav Papa): This teaches that if a room is open
to porches on all four sides, all require Mezuzos.
(c) Objection: This is obvious!
(d) Answer: The Chidush is, even though he normally uses one
of them more than the others (since when he made them,
all were needed).
(e) (Ameimar): A corner opening (neither of the walls reaches
to the corner, like this __ ' ) requires a Mezuzah.
(f) Question (Rav Ashi): But it has no doorposts!
(g) Answer (Ameimar): The ends of the walls are its doorposts
(even though the gap between them is not in line with
either wall, rather, on a diagonal).
(h) Rav Mari visited Shmuel; he saw a Mezuzah on an opening
with only a left doorpost.
1. Rav Mari: Do you hold like R. Meir (who requires a
Mezuzah when there is only one doorpost? He only
says this when it is on the right, not on the left!
(i) Question: How do we learn this from "Beisecha"?
i. (Beraisa) Suggestion: Perhaps the Mezuzah
should be out on the left side!
ii. Rejection: "Beisecha" - we read this
'Bi'asecha', it must be on your right side when
(j) Answer (Rabah): 'Bi'asecha' - the way you enter, i.e. on
1. (Most) people move their right foot first when they
(k) Question: Where do we find that R. Meir requires a
Mezuzah when there is only one doorpost?
2. (Rav Shmuel bar Acha): "(A chest was put)...Etzel
ha'Mizbe'ach mi'Yamin b'Vo Ish Beis Hash-m" (people
enter the Mikdash from the east; the chest was on
the right, on the side people enter).
(l) Answer (Beraisa - R. Meir): A Mezuzah is required even if
there is only one doorpost;
(m) Chachamim say, it is exempt.
(n) Question: What is Chachamim's reason?
(o) Answer: It says "Mezuzos" (plural, there must be two
(p) Question: What is R. Meir's reason?
(q) Answer (Beraisa - R. Yishmael): "Mezuzos" - there must be
1. Question: Why does it repeat "Mezuzos" (plural) in
the second Parshah?
(r) R. Akiva: We need not expound that way - it says (to put
the blood of Korban Pesach in Mitzrayim) "...V'Al Shtei
2. Answer: This is a Ribuy followed by another Ribuy,
this always comes to exclude;
i. We exclude (the need for) one of the two
1. Question: Why must it say "Shtei", we would have
known that "Mezuzos" refers to two!
(s) (Beraisa) Suggestion: "U'Chsavtam" - perhaps the
Parshiyos should be written on the actual stones (of the
2. Answer: This teaches that whenever it says 'Mezuzos'
without specifying two, it refers to one.
(t) Rejection: It says here 'Kesivah', like it says regarding
a Get (Rashi; Tosfos - Megilas Sotah, or the extra Torah
a king writes);
1. Just as there he writes in a Sefer, also here.
(a) (Mishnah): The four Parshiyos in Tefilin are Me'akev each
other, even one Kesav (letter) is Me'akev.
(b) Objection: This is obvious (we learn from Mezuzah, there
it says "U'Chsavtam", the Kesav must be Tam (complete))!
(c) Answer #1 (Rav Yehudah): The Mishnah teaches that even
the Kotz of a 'Yud' is Me'akev.
(d) Objection: Also this is obvious (if it is missing, the
letter is invalid)!
(e) Answer #2 (Rav Yehudah): The Mishnah teaches that if a
letter is not surrounded by blank parchment on all four
sides, it is Pasul.
(f) (Beraisa - R. Yishmael): Two occurrences of 'Totafos' are
written missing the 'Vov' (as if it says 'Totafas',
singular) - we only learn one from each of those, and two
from "Totafos" written with a 'Vov', making four in all,
teaching that there are four compartments in the head
1. R. Akiva says, we do not need to expound thusly - in
Katfi (a place) 'Tat' means two; in Afriki, "Fos'
(g) (Beraisa) Suggestion: Perhaps the four Parshiyos should
be written on four parchments, each should be put in its
own Bayis (box) made from a separate piece of hide!
(h) Rejection: "Ul'Zikaron Bein Einecha" - it should be only
1. To fulfill both verses, the four Parshiyos are
written on separate parchments, each is put in its
own Bayis, all four Batim are made from one piece of
(i) (Beraisa): The Parshiyos for Shel Yad (the hand Tefilah)
are written on one parchment;
2. If the Parshiyos were written on one parchment and
(the Klaf was folded like an accordion, so) each
Parshah was in its own Bayis, this is Kosher.
3. Rebbi says, there must be a space between the
Parshiyos (Rashi; Rosh - between the Batim);
4. Chachamim say, there need not be.
5. All agree that a string must separate the Batim
(some say, only if the Parshiyos are on one
parchment); if the separation between Batim is not
recognizable (from the outside), it is Pasul.
1. If they were written on separate parchments and put
in one Bayis, this is Kosher;
(j) Objection: R. Yehudah argues precisely in this case, he
says that there must be only one parchment inside!
2. R. Yehudah says, the parchment must be glued (or
sewn) together - "V'Hayah Lecha l'Os Al Yadecha" -
just as externally there is only one Os (i.e.
Bayis), also internally (there must be only one
3. R. Yosi says, there is no need to attach the
4. R. Yosi: R. Yehudah agrees that if someone has two
head Tefilin but no Shel Yad, he wraps leather
around one of them (so it will appear like one
Bayis) and ties it on his arm.
(k) Answer (Rava): From R. Yosi's words we learn that R.
(l) Question: R. Chananyah said in the name of R. Yochanan
that Shel Yad may be used for the head, but not
vice-versa, because we ascend in Kedushah, we do not
descend! (If R. Yehudah retracted, this is not like
(m) Answer: R. Yosi permits using a Tefilah *prepared* (but
not yet used) for the head for the hand (this is not
considered descending in Kedushah), but not if it was
worn on the head.
1. According to the opinion that preparation has
significance, we must say that he stipulated from
the beginning that he may use it for the hand.
(n) (Beraisa #1): The order of the Parshiyos - from the
right, "Kadesh Li" and "Ki Yevi'acha"; "Shma" and
"V'Hayah Im Shamo'a" are on the left (Rashi - Shma is
next to Ki Yevi'acha; R. Tam - it is on the far left.)
(o) Contradiction: Another Beraisa (#2) gives the opposite
(p) Answer (Abaye): Beraisa #1 gives the order (from right to
left) from the perspective of someone facing the wearer,
Beraisa #2 is with respect to the wearer (Rashi; Shimusha
Raba switches these.)