REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sanhedrin 5
\SANHEDRIN 5 (Yom Kipur) - sponsored by Hillel Yakov and Elisheva Tzipora
Kagan. May they be blessed with a year of Berachah and joy, and may Hashem
answer all of their prayers!
(a) The Beraisa requires three judges for Diynei Mamonos.
circumstances is a single judge permitted?
(b) Why does the Tana ignore the triple "Elohim" written in the Parshah?
(a) What did both Rav Nachman and Rebbi Chiya declare?
(b) What do we think might Rav Nachman and Rebbi Chiya have required
(c) What would then be the Din if they did not receive permission to rule
(assuming that the litigants did not accept them)?
(d) We resolve the She'eilah from Mar Zutra B'rei de'Rav Nachman.
Rav Yosef rule when he erred in one of his rulings (assuming that he did not
obtain permission to rule)?
(a) What do both Rav and Shmuel advise someone who wants to issue rulings
and be Patur from paying, should he err in one of his rulings?
(b) In the Pasuk in Vayechi "Lo Yasur Sheivet mi'Yehudah ... ", what is the
difference between "Sheivet" and "Mechokek"?
(c) What gave the Resh Galusa in Bavel more authority than the Nasi in Eretz
(d) What are the ramifications of this distinction?
(a) We learn the seniority of the Resh Galusa over the Nasi in Eretz Yisrael
from an episode with Rabah bar Chanah.
What did Rebbi Chiya once say to
him when he erred in a case concerning money-matters?
(b) On what occasion did Rabah bar Rav Huna claim that he received
permission from his father ... who received permission from Rebbi?
(c) What are the names of the two men missing from the list (between Rav
Huna and Rebbi)?
(d) Why is there no proof from Rabah bar Rav Huna's statement that it does
help to receive permission from Eretz Yisrael to rule in Bavel?
(a) Seeing as permission does not help from Eretz Yisrael to Bavel, what was
the point of Rabah bar Rav Chana's Semichah when he left Eretz Yisrael to go
(b) What was Rebbi's response, when Rebbi Chiya informed him that his
brother's son was going to Bavel, adding 'Yoreh?', 'Yadin'? and 'Yatir
(c) In what way did his response differ when he gave him the same
information regarding his sister's son?
(d) What is the significance of 'Yatir Bechoros' anyway?
(a) Who was Rebbi Chiya's ...
(b) What did Ayvu, Chanah Shiylo, Marsa and Rebbi Chiya all have in common?
- ... brother's son?
- ... sister's son?
(c) Whose son was Rav?
(d) Who was Aba bar Acha Karsela from Kafri?
(a) What biological reason did Rebbi Chiya have for referring to Rabah as
his brother's son, and Rav as his sister's?
Answers to questions
(b) Another reason for referring to Rav as his sister's son is based on a
Pasuk in Mishlei.
(c) Then why did Rebbi not agree to grant him permission to rule in matters
to do with Bechor? Was it because he was ...
(d) So what reason do we initially give for this?
- ... not very smart?
- ... not conversant with the Halachos of a Bechor?
(a) It may well be that Rebbi did not agree to give Rav Semichah to permit
Bechoros, precisely because of his phenonemal expertise.
What does this
(b) How do we query the concept of receiving permission to issue rulings?
(c) We attribute it to a decree of Rebbi.
What did Rebbi once discover the
people in a certain town doing?
(d) The people of the town explained to him that a certain Talmid-Chacham
had taught them that 'Mei Betza'im' is not Machshir le'Kabeil Tum'ah'.
What is 'Mei Betza'im?
(a) What had the Talmid-Chacham really said?
(b) So why did Rebbi react the way he did?
(c) They also erred with regard to a Mishnah in Parah.
What does the Tana
say regarding the water of the Rivers Karmiyon and Pigah?
(d) What was then the basis of their mistake?
(a) What is 'Lesisah'? Why is it permitted on Pesach?
(b) Why should Rebbi Tanchum B'rei de'Rebbi Ami not have Darshened this
Heter in Chatar?
(c) What was his response when the people queried him about this?
(a) What did the son of a Kohen reply when Rebbi asked him what he was doing
in a Beis-Hakevaros?
We already learned that it is possible to give partial Semichah, as we saw
(b) What is this story doing here?
(c) We could also explain the connection between this story and that of
Rebbi regarding the people who kneaded their dough be'Tum'ah, according to
Which two changes does the Yerushalmi make from our
(d) How will that help us to understand why the story is brought here?
What do we learn from Rebbi Yochanan, who told Rav Sh'man that
he was in his Reshus until his return? What did he mean by that?
(a) Earlier, we cited the opinion of Shmuel, who learned that if two judges
judged, even though they earn the title 'Beis-Din Chatzuf, their rulings are
valid. Rava asked Rav Nachman on Shmuel from a Mishnah in 'Zeh Borer'.
What does the Tana there say in a case where two Dayanim rule Patur or
Chayav, but the third one does not know?
(b) Why does this pose a Kashya on Shmuel?
(c) What did Rav Nachman reply? Why in fact, is that case different than
(a) What Halachic distinction does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel make between Din
Answers to questions
(b) What advantage does he then present that Pesharah has over Din?
(c) On what grounds do we try to refute the suggestion that the Rabbanan
dispute Raban Shimon ben Gamliel's ruling? What did Rebbi Avahu say about
(d) How do we counter that argument?