REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Sanhedrin 110
SANHEDRIN 106-110 - Two weeks of study material have been dedicated by Mrs.
Estanne Abraham Fawer to honor the third Yahrzeit of her father, Reb
Mordechai ben Eliezer Zvi (Weiner), who passed away 18 Teves 5760. May the
merit of supporting and advancing Talmud study serve as an Iluy for his
(a) Korach's wife, the very antithesis of On's, encouraged Korach to 'take
If she accused Moshe of taking the leadership for himself and
designating the Kehunah Gedolah for his brother, what, according to her, did
he reserve for his nephews?
(b) She also accused him of giving Terumah to the Kohanim.
But didn't the
Levi'im (to which group Korach belonged) receive Ma'aser Rishon?
(c) What else did she accuse Moshe of having done to Korach and the Levi'im,
besides treating them like dung?
(d) How did she explain the fact that Moshe too, was a Levi, and had
therefore to cut off all his hair just like they did?
(a) And why did Korach's wife advise him to take garments made of Techeles
for all his band?
(b) How does all this tie up with the Pasuk n Mishlei ...
(c) The two hundred and fifty men who joined Korach were all unique
- ... "Chachmos Nashim Bansah Beisah"?
- ... "ve'Aveles be'Yadehah Taharsenah"?
What more do we learn about them from the Pasuk ...
(d) What do we learn from the Pasuk ...
- ... "Keri'ei Mo'ed"?
- ... Anshei Shem"?
- ... "Vayishma Moshe Vayipol al Panav"? What did he hear that caused him to fall on his face from embarrassment, according to Rebbi Shmuel bar Nachmeni Amar Rebbi Yonasan?
- ... in Tehilim "Vayekan'u le'Moshe ba'Machaneh" and the Pasuk in Ki Sisa "u'Moshe Yikach es ha'Ohel Venatah Lo mi'Chutz la'Machaneh" (see Agados Maharsha)?
(a) What does ...
(b) And what does Rav Ashi add to that from the Pesukim there "Moshe *Lo*"
and the Pasuk in Sh'mos "Vayomer Hashem *Lo* Od Havei Yadcha be'Cheikecha*"?
- ... Resh Lakish extrapolate from the Pasuk "Vayakam Moshe Vayeilech el Dasam va'Aviram"?
- ... Rav learn from the Pasuk "ve'Lo Yihyeh ke'Korach ve'cha'Adaso"?
(c) What, according to ...
(d) And what does ...
- ... Rav Yosef, does anyone who quarrels with the institution of Malchus Beis David, deserve?
- ... Rav Chisda, do we compare someone who quarrels with his Rebbe (like Korach did)? From which Pasuk in Chukas does he learn it?
- ... Rebbi Chanina bar Papa learn from the Pasuk in Beshalach "Lo Aleinu Telunoseichem Ki-im Al Hashem"? What does 'Misra'em' mean?
- ... Rebbi Avahu learn from the Pasuk in Chukas "Vayedaber ha'Am b'Elokim u've'Moshe"?
(a) To whom does the Pasuk in Koheles "Osher Shamur le'Ba'alav le'Ra'aso"
(b) How does Rebbi Elazar explain the Pasuk in Korach (in connection with
those whom the earth swallowed up) "ve'es Kol ha'Yekum Asher be'Ragleihem"?
(c) Three hundred (i.e. many) mules were needed, according to Rebbi Levi, to
carry the locks and keys of Korach's treasure houses.
Is that because they
were made of metal and were therefore exceptionally heavy?
(a) From where did Korach acquire his wealth?
(b) The second of the three vast treasure-houses was found by Antoninus ben
Asoirus (Rebbi's friend who later converted).
What happened to the third
(c) What does Rebbi Yochanan extrapolate from the Pasuk ...
(d) The Tana of a Beraisa disagrees however.
- ... (in connection with those whom the earth swallowed up "ve'es Kol ha'Adam Asher le'Korach"?
- ... "ba'Achol ha'Eish es Chamishim u'Masayim Ish"?
What does *he* say?
(e) How will Rebbi Yochanan refute the Tana's proof from the Pasuk in
Pinchas "Vativla Osam ve'es Korach"?
(a) The sun and moon both moved up to Z'vul (a more elevated heaven than
Raki'a, where they normally operate). What did they threaten to do, unless
Hashem took the part of Moshe against Korach?
(b) Hashem responded by shooting arrows at them until they returned to
Raki'a and resumed their regular beat.
Why was Hashem response to their
defense of Moshe negative?
(c) What was He referring to?
(d) What is the offshoot of this episode?
(a) How does Rava explain the Pasuk "ve'Im Beri'ah Yivra Hashem u'Fatzesah
ha'Adamah es Pihah"? What creation was he referring to?
(b) How could Moshe ask for a new creation, in light of the Pasuk in Koheles
"Ein Kol Chadash Tachas ha'Shemesh"?
(c) What happened to Korach's sons? How did Rav explain the Pasuk "u'Venei
Korach Lo Meisu"?
(a) An Arab merchant once showed Rabah bar bar Chanah two cracks in the
desert from which smoke rose.
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What did that signify?
(b) What did the Arab then do with the piece of wool that he placed at the
tip of his sword? What happened next?
(c) He instructed Rabah bar bar Chanah to place his ear near the ground and
What did he hear?
(d) How often did they have to do this?
(a) Rebbi Akiva's second proof that the Dor ha'Midbar will receive no
portion in Olam ha'Ba is from the Pasuk in Tehilim "Asher Nishba'ti be'Api
Im Yavo'un el Menuchasi". We have already cited Rebbi Eliezer, who disagrees
on the basis of the Pasuk there "Isfu Li Chasidai Korsei B'risi Alei
How does he know that this Pasuk refers to the Dor ha'Midbar?
(b) And how does he counter Rebbi Akiva's second proof?
(c) According to Rebbi Yehoshua ben Korchah, the Pasuk "Isfu Li Chasidai"
refers to future generations. If "Korsei B'risi" refers to Chananyah,
Misha'el and Azaryah, to whom does "Alei Zevach" refer?
(d) And based on the Pasuk in Yeshayah "u'Feduyei Hashem Yeshuvun u'Va'u
Tzi'on be'Rinah", Rebbi Shimon ben Menasyah sides with Rebbi Eliezer,
granting the Dor ha'Midbar Olam ha'Ba.
How does he know that this Pasuk
refers to the Dor ha'Midbar?
(a) What does Rabah bar bar Chanah Amar Rebbi Yochanan extrapolate from the
Pasuk in Yirmiyah "Haloch Vekarasa be'Oznei Yerushalayim Leimor. Zacharti
Lach Chesed Ne'urayich ... Lechtech Acharai ba'Midbar be'Eretz Lo Zaru'ah"?
(b) How does he criticize Rebbi Akiva, based on this Pasuk?
(c) What does Rebbi Akiva in our Mishnah learn from the Pasuk (in connection
with the ten tribes) "Vayashlichem el Eretz Acheres ka'Yom ha'Zeh"?
(d) Rebbi Eliezer disagrees.
How does he interpret "ka'Yom ha'Zeh"?
(a) How does Rebbi Akiva in a Beraisa explain the Pasuk in Nitzavim (in
connection with the ten tribes) ...
(b) What does ...
- ... "Vayitshem Hashem me'Al Admasam be'Af u've'Cheimah u've'Ketzef Gadol"?
- ...Vayashlichem el Eretz Acheres ka'Yom ha'Zeh"?
(c) How do some commentaries interpret 'Olam ha'Ba' in this context?
- ... Rebbi Shimon ben Yehudah Ish K'far Acco quoting Rebbi Shimon learn from "ka'Yom ha'Zeh"?
- ... Rebbi learn from "ba'Yom ha'Hu Yitaka be'Shofar Gadol ... u'Va'u ha'Ovdim me'Eretz Ashur"?
(d) To whom does the continuation of the Pasuk ''ve'ha'Nidachim me'Eretz
(a) Rabah bar bar Chanah ... quotes here a different Pasuk in his criticism
of Rebbi Akiva "Haloch ve'Karasa ... Tzafonah ve'Amarta Shuvah Meshuvah
('Return, you naughty one')". How does he prove his point from here?
(b) Raban Gamliel in a Beraisa quotes the Pasuk in Zechari'ah "Ki Hinei
ha'Yom Ba Bo'er ka'Tanur, Vehayah Kol Zeidim ve'Chol Osei Rish'ah Kash ...
". How does he explain the conclusion of the Pasuk "Asher Lo Ya'azov Lahem
*Shoresh va'Anaf"* (with regard to 'Ketanei B'nei Rish'ei Yisrael')?
(c) Why does he not refer to the Rish'ei Yisrael themselves?
(a) Rebbi Akiva disagrees.
How does he interpret the Pasuk ...
(b) And how will he explain the Pasuk "Asher Lo Ya'azov Lahem *Shoresh
va'Anaf*" (which serves as Raban Gamliel's proof)?
- ... in Tehilim "Shomer Pesayim Hashem"? What does "Pesayim" mean, according to him?
- ... in Daniel "Gudu Ilna ve'Chablohi" as additional proof?
(c) Why did we cite this Machlokes in the first place?
(a) Alternatively, Rebbi Akiva interprets "Shoresh" as the Neshamah, and
"Anaf", as the body.
What do both Tana'im learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah
"ve'Te'aved Kol Zachar"?
(b) Why do we refer specifically to the *'Rish'ei* Ovdei-Kochavim'?
(c) Rebbi Chiya and Rebbi bar Rebbi argue over which stage a Katan receives
a portion in Olam ha'Ba. One says from the moment he is born.
the other one hold?
(d) According to Ravina, he already receives a portion from the time he is
How does Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak learn from the Pasuk in
Tehilim "Oni Ani ve'Gove'a mi'No'ar, Nasasi Eimecha Afunah" that the
criterion is the B'ris Milah?
(a) And what does Rebbi Meir say, based on the Pasuk in Yeshayah "Pischu
She'arim Veyavo Goy Tzadik Shomer Emunim"? How does he interpret "Shomer
Answers to questions
(b) What is 'Amen' the acronym of, according to Rebbi Chanina?