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Prepared by P. Feldman
of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
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Previous daf Nedarim 41
1) KNOWLEDGE IS EVERYTHING
(a) (R. Ami): "Lacking everything" - this is lacking a lamp
and a table;
2) DIVINE PROVIDENCE
1. (Rav Chisda): This is lacking a wife;
(b) (Abaye): True poverty is lack of knowledge.
2. (Rav Sheshes): This is lacking a servant;
3. (Rav Nachman): This is lacking knowledge.
4. (Beraisa): This is lacking salt and oil.
(c) (Chachamim of Eretz Yisrael): One who has knowledge has
everything; one who lacks knowledge - what does he have?
1. If he acquires knowledge, he has everything; if he
does not acquire knowledge, what does he acquire?
(d) (R. Aleksandri): A sick person is not cured until all his
sins are pardoned - "The one who forgives all my sins,
that heals all my ailments".
(e) (Rav Hamnuna): (A sick person that is cured) returns to
his youth - "Rutafash (Ratuv, Pash - will become moist
and increase) his flesh more than a youth, he will return
to the days of his youth".
(f) (Rav Yosef): "All his lying down you reversed in his
sickness" - he forgets his learning.
1. Rav Yosef fell sick and forgot his learning; Abaye
returned it to him.
(g) Rebbi used to learn each law in 13 facets; he taught R.
Chiya 7 of them. Rebbi fell sick and forgot his learning;
R. Chiya taught him the 7 facets he had received, and 6
i. In many places, Rav Yosef said he never heard a
teaching; Abaye reminded him that he himself
taught that teaching, and gave his source.
1. There was a launderer that used to hear Rebbi learn.
R. Chiya learned the other 6 from him, and gave them
back to Rebbi.
2. Version #1: When Rebbi would see the launderer, he
would say, 'You made me and R. Chiya (complete in
3. Version #2: He would say, 'You made R. Chiya, and R.
Chiya made me'.
(a) (R. Aleksandri): The miracle done for a sick person (that
recovers) is greater than the miracle done for Chananyah,
Misha'el and Azaryah.
3) WHOM WE DO NOT VIS IT
1. The fire they entered was manmade, and anyone could
extinguish it; the fire of a sick person is from
Hash-m - who can extinguish it?!
(b) (R. Aleksandri or R. Yehoshua Ben Levi): Once a person's
time to die comes, everything rules over him - "Any
(being) that finds me will kill me".
1. (Rav): We learn this from "To your judgments they
stand today, for they are all your slaves".
(c) They told Rabah Bar Shilo that a tall man is about to
die. He was riding on a small mule. When he was crossing
a bridge, the mule went crazy and threw him in the water.
As he was dying, he said about himself "To your judgments
they stand today".
(d) Shmuel saw a scorpion on top of a frog. The frog took it
across a river; the scorpion bit a person, and he died -
"To your judgments they stand today".
(a) (Shmuel): The only sick person one should visit is one
with a fever.
(b) Question: What does he come to exclude?
(c) Answer (Beraisa - R. Yosi Ben Parta): We do not visit
those with intestinal sickness, nor those with eye
problems, nor those with headaches.
(d) Question: Why not?
1. We understand regarding intestinal sickness - he is
embarrassed to have visitors!
(e) Answer: As Rav Yehudah said - speaking hurts the eyes and
2. But those with eye problems and headaches - why not
(f) (Rava): If a fever was not the agent of the angel of
death, a monthly fever would protect a person as Lulavim
(Rosh - moss) around a palm tree and as medicine for the
(g) (Rav Nachman Bar Yitzchak): We desire nor fevers nor
4) MONETARY HEALING
(h) (Rabah Bar Yonason): Arsan helps cure a sick person.
(i) Question: What is Arsan?
(j) Answer (R. Yonason): Barley without the shell.
1. (Abaye): It must be cooked as ox meat.
(k) (R. Yochanan): We do not visit those with Bordam (a
flowing of blood; some explain, diarrhea), and we do not
1. (R. Elazar): This is because it is as a flowing
spring (and he is embarrassed).
2. It is called Bordam for it is as Bor Dam (a well of
(a) (Mishnah): He may cure his body ...
5) JOINT ACTIVITIES.
(b) Question: What is the difference between bodily and
1. Suggestion: Bodily healing means for free; monetary,
(c) Answer: Rather, bodily means himself; monetary means his
2. Rejection: If so, the Mishnah should say, he may
heal him for free, but not for wages!
1. (Rav Zutra Bar Tuvya): (Even regarding his animal),
he may tell him which medicines will help, and which
(a) Reuven vowed not to get benefit from Shimon. He may bathe
with him in a big bathtub, not in a small one;
(b) He may sleep with him in a bed; R. Yehudah says, in
winter he may not, for he benefits him;
(c) He may sit with him on a bed, and eat with him at a
table, but he may not eat with him from a platter;
1. He may eat with him from a platter that returns.
(d) (Gemara - Beraisa - R. Meir): He may not bathe with him
in a bathtub, nor sleep with him in a bed, whether big or
small; R. Yehudah says, a large bed is permitted in
winter, and even a small bed in summer;
(e) He may bathe with him in a big bathtub, and perspire with
him even in a small steambath.
(f) (Mishnah): He may sit with him on a bed, and eat with him
at a table, but he may not eat with him from a platter;
he may eat with him from a platter that returns.
1. (R. Yosi Bar Chanina): This means a platter that
returns to the host (who refills it).
(g) (Mishnah - R. Meir): He may not eat with him from a food
bin set out in front of workers; he may not plow with him
in the same row;
1. Chachamim say, if he is far from him, this is
(h) (Gemara): All agree that they may not plow close
together; they only argue when they are far apart.
1. R. Meir decrees on account of the case when they are
close, for then Shimon softens the ground for
Reuven; Chachamim do not decree.