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Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
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Previous daf Nazir 7
NAZIR 6 & 7 - sponsored by Harav Ari Bergmann of Lawrence, N.Y., out of love
for Torah and those who study it.
1) A LONG NEZIRUS
(a) Question: Perhaps it refers to days of the year!
2) ACCEPTING MORE THAN 1 TERM OF NEZIRUS
(b) Answer: Rabanan of Kisari expounded, "To the months of
the year" - we do not count days to years, only months.
(c) (Mishnah): A man said, 'I am a Nazir for a long term';
or, 'I am a Nazir for a short term'; or, 'I am a Nazir
from here to the end of the world' - he is a Nazir for 30
(d) (Gemara) Question: Why is he a Nazir for only 30 days -
he said, until the end of the world!
(e) Answer #1: His intention was, 1 (standard) Nezirus for me
is as until the end of the world.
1. (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir from here until a certain
place', we estimate, how many days journey is it
until that place.
(f) Answer #2 (Rava): There is no difficulty in the Mishnah -
he said, 'I am a Nazir once, from here until the end of
i. If it is less than 30 days - he is a Nazir for
30 days; if it is more than 30 days, he is a
Nazir for that time.
2. Question: Why don't we say, he meant, 1 (standard)
Nezirus for me is as until that place!
3. Answer (Rava): The case is, he already started on
4. Question: We should say that he accepted 1 term of
Nezirus for each Parsa (the standard unit of
distance, about 4 kilometers).
5. Answer (Rav Papa): It is in a place where Parsa is
not a standard unit of measure.
6. Question: We should say that he accepted 1 term of
Nezirus for each lodging station (which are spaced a
day's journey apart)!
i. (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir as the dirt of the
ground, as the hairs on my head, as the sand by
the sea' - he is a Nazir Olam, and shaves once
every 30 days.
7. Answer: When he attributes the Nezirus to something
that can be numbered, we say that he accepted 1 long
Nezirus of that duration.
i. (Beraisa): 'I am a Nazir all the days of my
life, I am a Nazir Olam' - he is a Nazir Olam;
'Even 100 years; even 1000 years' - he is not a
Nazir Olam, rather a Nazir L'olam (i.e. his
term of Nezirus will never end).
8. Answer (Rava): Hairs of his head are different -
since they are distinct,
9. Question: Regarding days also, they are distinct -
"It was evening, it was morning, 1 day"!
10. Answer: No, they are not distinct - the verse
merely teaches that the evening is considered part
of the coming day.
(a) (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir and 1 day'; or, 'I am a Nazir
and 1 hour'; or, 'I am a Nazir once and a half' - he is a
(b) (Gemara) Question: Why must the Mishnah teach all 3
(c) Answer: If it only taught 'I am a Nazir and 1 day' - we
would say, this is because Nezirus cannot be for 1 day -
but if he said, 'I am a Nazir and an hour', he would be a
Nazir for 31 days;
1. The Mishnah therefore taught, 'I am a Nazir and 1
hour', he is a Nazir twice.
(d) If it only taught 'I am a Nazir and 1 hour', we would
think, because he is in any case imprecise (Nezirus is
always a whole number of days), he is a Nazir twice - but
'I am a Nazir once and a half', this can be fulfilled
precisely - he will be a Nazir 45 days!
1. The Mishnah teaches, in all cases, he is a Nazir
(e) (Mishnah): 'I am a Nazir 30 days and an hour' - he is a
Nazir for 31 days, since a term of Nezirus can only be a
number of days, not hours.
(f) (Gemara - Rav): We can only infer from the Mishnah that
if he says 'I am a Nazir 30 and 1 days', he is a Nazir
for 31 days; but if he said 'I am a Nazir 30 days and a
day', he is a Nazir twice.
1. Rav holds as R. Akiva, who expounds superfluous
i. (Mishnah - R. Akiva): (One who sold his house)
did not sell the pit or cistern, even if he
wrote 'the depth and height'; however, the
seller did not retain a path to them, and he
must buy this from the buyer;
ii. Chachamim say, he retained a path to them;
iii. R. Akiva admits, if he said '(I sell the house)
except for the pit and cistern', he retained a
path to them.