REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafShabbos 129
(a) Rav Ashi quotes Shmuel as saying, that as long as the womb remains
open, even if the Chayah did *not* express a particular need, one breaks
Shabbos on her behalf. Once the womb has closed, even if she *did*, one
does *not*. How does mar Zutra quote Shmuel ...
(b) According to Mar Zutra, why should one be permitted to break Shabbos
for her, even if she says that she does not need?
- ... when the Chayah's womb is still open?
- ... once the womb has already closed?
(c) Why do we rule like Mar Zutra against Rav Ashi?
(a) According to Abaye, the Pesichas ha'Kever begins as soon as she sits on
What are the other two opinions?
(b) The Neherda'i give three time-periods for Pesichas ha'Kever: three
days, seven days and thirty days.
What is the significance of each one?
(c) What does Shmuel mean when he says 'le'Chayah Sheloshim Yom'?
(d) Under which circumstances will this not apply?
(a) Is one permitted to light a fire for a sick person or for someone who
let blood - in the height of summer?
(b) Rabah broke up a bench for firewood after he had let blood.
How did he
justify the Isur of Bal Tashchis?
(c) If a person should even sell the beams of his house to buy shoes, then
for what reason would he be permitted to sell his shoes?
(d) Rav explains the meal here to refer to meat; Shmuel, to mean wine.
What are their respective reasons?
(a) Shmuel was accustomed to having a spleen-dish on the day that he let
blood; other Amora'im used to drink a lot of wine.
What lie did Rav
Nachman bar Yitzchak permit his Talmidim to tell their wives on the day
they let blood?
(b) What advice does the Gemara give to someone who wants to let blood, but
has no wine?
(c) And what should he do if he has no bad coin?
(a) What prompted Avalat to ask Shmuel 'Since when are bad things good'?
What did he mean by that?
(b) What did Shmuel answer him? Was his answer sincere?
(a) How will Hashem respond to someone who is not careful to eat the
special blood-letting meal?
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(b) Why should one be careful not to sit in a windy place during the
(c) We can learn from Shmuel just how sensitive the body is to wind after
What happened to Shmuel?
(d) What happens to someone who leaves the house after blood-letting
without eating, should he come across ...
- ... a corpse?
- ... a murderer?
- ... a pig?
(a) What did Rav and Shmuel mean when they said, with reference to
blood-letting, 'Lishhi Purta ve'Hadar Leikum'?
The correct days for blood-letting are Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
(b) This advice also applies to getting up immediately after eating and
To which other two things does it apply?
(c) How often does the Gemara advise blood-letting to be performed?
(d) At which two stages of one's life should one cut down on this quota?
(a) Why not on Monday and Thursday?
(b) Why not on Tuesday?
(c) Then why is it acceptable to let blood on Friday, when Mazal Ma'adim
also rules during an even hour (i.e. the sixth)?
(d) Why did the custom to let blood on Friday become so widespread?
(a) What does Shmuel mean when he says that four which is four, or fourteen
or twenty-four, is dangerous?
(b) When is it dangerous to let blood on a Wednesday, even when it does
*not* fall on any of the above?
(c) What is the difference between letting blood on ...
(d) What is the significance of 'Tavo'ach' in this respect?
- ... the first or second of the month on the one hand, and the third on the other?
- ... every other Erev Yom-Tov on the one hand, and Erev Shevu'os on the other?
(a) What is the significance of letting blood after one has eaten, and
under which circumstances is it nevertheless fully effective?
(b) How long after having let blood, should one ...
(c) Is blood-letting after this time harmful, or merely pointless?
- ... drink?
- ... eat?
(d) What do the following have in common: pumpkins, animal heads and animal
(e) What is 'Yoma de'Shifmi'?
(a) There are three ways of treating the placenta to use on the baby.
Princesses , wealthy women and poor women who had given birth would all
treat it differently. What would each one do?
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(b) The Halachah is like Rebbi Yossi, who permits severing the umbilical
cord. When do the Rabbanan concede that it needs to be cut?
(c) Whatever Yechezkel listed in his Sefer, one is permitted to do to a
baby on Shabbos. Delivering the baby and severing the umbilical cord we
learn from "u'Moldosayich be'Yom Huledes Osach" and "Lo Choras Sharech"
(like Rebbi Yossi)" respectively. What do we learn from ...
- ... "u'va'Mayim Lo Ruchatz le'Mish'i"?
- ... "ve'Hamlei'ach Lo Humlachat"?
- ... ve'Hachtel Lo Chutalt"?
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