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Previous daf Nazir 3
NAZIR 3 (21 Tishrei, Hoshana Raba) - dedicated by Gedalyah Jawitz of
Wantagh, N.Y., honoring the Yahrtzeit of his father, Yehuda ben Simcha Volf
1) LANGUAGES UNDERSTOOD BY CONTEXT
(a) Answer: Yes - Even R. Elazar ha'Kapar only said that a
Tamei Nazir is a sinner.
2) 'I WILL BRING BIRDS'
1. "The first days will fall" - since he must start
counting Nezirus from scratch, he may come to
(b) (Mishnah): 'I am as this one' (he is a Nazir).
2. He does not consider a Tahor Nazir to be a sinner.
(c) Question: Even if he is holding his hair, 'As this one'
has no meaning (Tosfos; some texts read, 'He did not say
(d) Answer (Shmuel): The case is, a Nazir passed in front of
(e) (Mishnah): I will Mesalsel (curl).
(f) Question: How do we know that Mesalsel refers to hair?
(g) Answer: Rebbi's slave rebuked a man - 'How long will you
Mesalsel your hair'?
(h) Question: Perhaps he meant Torah, as it says, "Salselah
and it will elevate you'!
(i) Answer (Shmuel): He was holding his hair when he said
(j) (Mishnah): I will Mekalkel.
(k) Question: How do we know that Mekalkel refers to hair?
(l) Answer (Mishnah - R. Yehudah): One is liable for
transferring on Shabbos the amount of lime needed for a
1. (Rav): This is the temple (on the face).
(m) Question: Perhaps he meant, he will finance - "Yosef
sustained his father and brothers"!
(n) Answer (Shmuel): He was holding his hair when he said
(o) (Mishnah): 'It is upon me Lishale'ach hair' - he is a
(p) Question: How do we know that Shilu'ach means growing?
(q) Answer: "Shalchecha are as a pomegranate orchard".
1. Question: Perhaps it means sending off (cutting) -
"Shole'ach (He sends) water ..."
2. Answer #1: There is a Gezeirah Shaveh "Hair-hair".
i. By Nazir, it says "He will grow his hair"; by
Kohanim, it says, "They will not Yishlachu
their hair" - we learn from Nazir that a Kohen
may not grow his hair longer than 30 days.
3. Answer #2: The verse "Shole'ach water" also refers
i. When Hash-m waters plants, they grow!
(a) (Mishnah - R. Meir): If he says, 'It is upon me to bring
Tziporin (birds)' - he is a Nazir.
(b) Question: What is R. Meir's reason?
(c) Answer #1 (Reish Lakish): The man referred to birds
associated with hair, as in the verse "His hair grew as
eagle's wings, his nails as a bird's claws".
1. R. Meir holds, a person vows using a word near (in a
verse) the word he intends to vow about.
3) ONE WHO ACCEPTS PARTIAL NEZIRUS
2. Chachamim say, a person does not do this.
(d) Answer #2 (R. Yochanan): R. Meir's reason is, he suspects
the person meant Nezirus, for which a person brings birds
if he becomes Tamei.
3. (R. Yochanan): All agree, a person does not vow
using a word near the word he intends to vow about.
(e) Question: If R. Meir is unsure - perhaps the person meant
a voluntary sacrifice of birds - why is he is Nazir?
(f) Answer: If the person meant a voluntary bird offering, he
would have said Ken (the language normally used for
this), not Tziporin.
(g) Question: Perhaps the person meant birds used in the
purification of a Leper!
(h) Answer: The case is, a Nazir passed in front of him when
(i) Question: Perhaps he meant to supply the birds that a
Tamei Nazir must bring?
(j) Answer: A Tahor Nazir passed in front of him (it is
unreasonable to say that he accepted to bring his birds
if he should become Tamei).
(k) Question: In what law do R. Yochanan and Reish Lakish
(l) Answer: If he accepted to bring birds close to (in the
1. According to R. Yochanan - he is only a Nazir if a
Nazir passed in front of him at the time.
(m) Question: Does anyone really hold that a person does not
vow using a word near the word he intends to vow about?
2. According to Reish Lakish, he is a Nazir even if a
Nazir did not pass in front of him.
1. (Beraisa): One who says, right (hand) - this is an
(n) Answer: No - he refers to Hash-m's right hand; this
itself is language of an oath.
i. Suggestion: He refers to the oath nearby - "He
raised his right hand...and swore".
1. (Beraisa): One who says, 'right hand' - this is an
oath - "Hash-m swore by his right hand".
2. One who says, 'left hand' - this is an oath - "And
in his left hand, strength".
(a) (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir from grape skins, from grape
pits, from shaving, (or) from Tumah' - all laws of
Nezirus apply to him.
(b) (Gemara): The Mishnah is unlike R. Shimon.
1. (Beraisa - R. Shimon): One is only a Nazir if he
vows to abstain from all 3 prohibitions; Chachamim
say, even if he only vows from 1 of them.
(c) Question: What is R. Shimon's reason?
(d) Answer: "From anything made out of grapevines, from grape
skins to grape pits."
1. Chachamim learn from "From wine and strong drink he
will vow to abstain".
(e) Question: How does R. Shimon explain this verse?
(f) Answer: It teaches that a Nazir is forbidden to wine of a
Mitzvah just as regular wine.
1. Question: What is wine of a Mitzvah?
2. Answer #1: Wine of Kiddush and Havdalah.