REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafPesachim 10
(a) A mouse took Chametz from a pile of Chametz and scampered off with it
into one of two rooms that had already been searched for Chametz , but we
don't know which - this has the same Din as two people who walked down two
paths, one of which was Tamei, and the other, Tamei - and we don't know
down which of the two walked down which path; Rebbi Yossi renders them
both Tamei, since it is impossible to exempt both from Bedikah.
does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(b) How does Rava (some say Rebbi Yochanan) establish the Machlokes? What
would be the Din, if *both* owners came to ask what they should do?
(c) If someone enters a valley where there is a corpse in one of the
fields - in winter, but he does not know which field he entered, according
to Rebbi Eliezer, he remains Tahor.
Why is that?
(d) The Rabbanan rule that he is Tamei.
Why is that, and why will they
agree that, if a mouse takes a piece of Chametz, and we are not certain
whether it entered a room that was already searched for Chametz, it does
not need to be re-searched?
(a) What do the Chachamim hold with regard to a field containing one pile
which contains Tum'ah, and two which are Tahor (or vice-versa), if all
three are searched, but no Tum'ah is found?
(b)What does Rebbi Meir say?
(c) If a mouse carries Chametz into a room, and the owner searched but
found nothing, what must he do according to Rebbi Meir? Why does he rule
differently here than in the previous case?
(a) If he followed the mouse into the room, searched and found some
Chametz, Rebbi maintains that the Chametz that is found is assumed to be
the Chametz that was brought in by the mouse.
Rebbi issues the same ruling in a case where the mouse carried in *ten*
pieces, and *nine* were subsequently found.
What does Raban Shimon ben
(b) What is the case over which they argue?
(c) If the mouse carried *nine* pieces of Chametz into the room, and he
found *ten*, he will not be obligated to search any further, according to
What does Rebbi actually say?
(d) What do the Chachamim say there, and what are the ramifications with
regard to our Din?
What do the Rabbanan say
Answers to questions
(a) If someone leaves an axe in a specific place in a room, and then finds
it elsewhere, the Chachamim rule that everything in the room is Tamei.
Why is that?
(b) What does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel say, and why is that?
(c) How will this same Machlokes apply to Bedikas Chametz?
(a) If someone followed a mouse that carried Chametz into a room and found
crumbs on the floor, what must he assume?
(b) What if it is not a mouse that he followed, but a child?
(a) Assuming that, if one sees a mouse enter a room with a piece of
Chametz in its mouth, and another mouse leaving the room with a piece of
Chametz in *its* mouth, it is the same mouse that entered, and that one is
subsequently Patur from Bedikas Chametz, one may possibly be Patur even if
the one mouse is white, and the other, black.
How is that possible?
(b) What is the counter-argument to this?
(a) Even assuming that mice do not steal from each other, a weasel will
certainly steal from a mouse.
Why then, if we saw a mouse enter the room
with Chametz in its mouth, and a weasel come out with Chametz in *its*
mouth, will we not automatically assume that the weasel took the Chametz
from the mouse (and exempt the owner from the need to search the room
(b) When will we even have doubts if the weasel comes out holding both the
mouse and the Chametz in its mouth?
(a) The Gemara asks whether, if there is Chametz on a high beam, one is
obligated to find a ladder to fetch it in order to burn it, or not.
are the two sides of the Sha'aleh?
(b) Assuming that one *is* obligated in the previous case, why might also
be obligated to do likewise if the Chametz is in a deep pit, despite the
fact that the reason for being Chayav *there* is not applicable *here*?
(c) Assuming that one *is* obligated even there, to bring a ladder, why
may he *not* be Chayav to hire an snake-charmer to remove the Chametz from
the mouth of a snake - in order to burn it?
(a) Which three time-periods does Rebbi Yehudah give for Bedikas Chametz?
(b) Which time-period do the Rabbanan add to that?
(c) What should one do with the Chametz that remains after the Bedikah on
the eve of the fourteenth?
(a) Why does the Gemara reject the suggestion that Rebbi Yehudah's three
time-periods are connected with the three Pesukim written in connection
with Bal Yera'eh and Bal Yimatzei?
Answers to questions
(b) What *is* the basis of the Machlokes between Rebbi Yehudah and the