ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Shevuos 21
(a) Alternatively, the author of the Beraisa 'Shav ve'Sheker Echad Hein' is
Rebbi Akiva, and the Beraisa is not talking about Malkos - but about Korban
Oleh ve'Yored, which according to Rebbi Akiva, pertains to a Shevu'ah in the
past as well as to the future.
(b) The problem with the Beraisa, which describes Shevu'as Sheker as 'Nishba
Le'hachlif' (based on Rav Dimi Amar Rebbi Yochanan's interpretation of
Shevu'as Shav) is - that this phrase implies a Shevu'ah to change something
in the past ('Achalti, ve'Lo Achal' or vice-versa), whereas according to Rav
Dimi, Shevu'as Sheker pertains to a Shevu'ah in the future ('Achal. ve'Lo
Achal ... ').
(c) So we amend it to read - 'Nishba u'Machlif'.
(a) Ravin Amar Rebbi Yirmiyah Amar Rebbi Avahu disagrees with Rav Dimi's
interpretation of Rebbi Yochanan. According to him, "ve'Lo Sishav'u vi'Shemi
la'Sheker" is the Azharah for 'Achalti, ve'Lo Achal' (or vice-versa), and he
interprets 'Sheker' to mean - that at the time that he made the Shevu'ah, he
had already lied.
(b) He interprets ...
1. ... "Lo Yachel Devaro" as - a Shevu'ah in the future ('Ochal ve'Lo Ochal
or vice-versa [as is implied by "Lo Yachel"]).
2. ... "Lo Sisa es Shem Hashem Elokecha la'Shav" as - a Shevu'ah in the past
which everyone knows is false the moment he makes it (e.g. where he swears
that a stone pillar is made of gold).
(a) Rebbi Yochanan quotes Rebbi Yehudah in the name of Rebbi Yossi, who
cites the principle - 'La'av she'Ein Bo Ma'aseh Ein Lokin Alav', except for
Nishba, Meimar (someone who declares a Temurah [transfers the Kedushah of a
Korban on to another animal]) and Mekalel es Chaveiro be'Shem' (see Tosfos
(b) Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai learns Nishba from "Ki Lo
Yenakeh Hashem ... " (as we explained earlier). When Rav Papa asked Abaye
that perhaps what the Pasuk means is that the sin is unpardonable, he
replied - that if that were so, the Torah would have omitted the word
"Hashem" from the phrase.
(c) And from the fact that the Torah writes "la'Shav" twice, Rebbi Yochanan
learn - that Shevu'as Sheker is Chayav Malkos, too ('Im Eino Inyan
li'Shevu'as Shav ... ').
(a) Rebbi Avahu rejects the suggestion that Shevu'as Sheker refers to ...
1. ... 'she'Lo Ochal, ve'Achal' - because it is a La'av she'Yesh Bo
Ma'aseh', which is subject to Malkos even without a special Pasuk to
(b) Rebbi Avahu therefore establishes Shevu'as Sheker by - 'Achalti', ve'Lo
Achal', or vice-versa.
2. ... 'she'Ochal, ve'Lo Achal - because either it is a 'La'av she'Ein Bo
Ma'aseh' (Rebbi Yochanan) or because it is a case of 'Hasra'as Safek' (Resh
(c) We know that this case is subject to Malkos - from the extra "la'Shav",
as we just explained.
(d) We have proved from Rebbi Avahu's explanation - that Rebbi Yochanan
considers 'Achalti ve'Lo Achal' (or vice-versa) to be a Shevu'as Sheker (as
Ravin cited from Rebbi Yirmiyah earlier, who in turn, was merely referring
to this interpretation of Rebbi Avahu).
(a) Despite the fact that we declined to interpret the extra "la'Shav" as
'Ochal, ve'Lo Achal', because it is a La'av she'Ein Bo Ma'seh', we accept
the interpretation of 'Achalti, ve'Lo Achal ... ' (which is also a La'av
she'Ein Bo Ma'aseh') - because the fact that the Torah includes Shevu'as
Sheker via the word "la'Shav", indicates that Sheker, Like Shav (for which
the Torah prescribes Malkos despite the fact that is a La'av she'Ein Bo
Malkos'), refers to the past.
(b) The Beraisa rules that, in a case where someone says 'Shevu'ah she'Lo
Ochal Kikar Zu, Shevu'ah she'Lo Ochlenah, Shevu'ah she'Lo Ochlenah,
ve'Achlah', assuming he transgresses ...
1. ... be'Meizid - he will receive only one set of Malkos.
(c) In the case of Meizid, he does not receive three sets of Malkos -
because of the principle 'Ein Shevu'ah Chalah al Shevu'ah'.
2. ... be'Shogeg - he is obligated to bring a Korban Oleh ve'Yored.
(a) Rebbi Yirmiyah queried Rebbi Avahu from the wording of the Beraisa 'Zu
Hi Shevu'as Bituy she'Chayavin al Zedonah Makos ve'al Shigegasah Korban Oleh
ve'Yored', from which he extrapolated - that 'Achalti' and 'Lo Achalti' are
Patur from Malkos (whereas Rebbi Avahu just taught us that they are Chayav).
(b) Rebbi Avahu therefore, inferred from the Beraisa - that 'Achalti' and
'Lo Achalti' are Patur (not from Malkos, but) from a Korban.
(c) And the author of the Beraisa (who holds that 'Achalti' and 'Lo Achalti'
are not subject to a Korban, but that they do receive Malkos) is - Rebbi
(a) The Seifa of the Beraisa states 'Zu Hi Shevu'as Shav she'Chayavin al
Zedonah Makos ve'al Shigegasah Patur' - in a case of Shevu'as Shav (where he
changed something that everyone knew to be a fact [as we explained
(b) Rebbi Yirmiyah again queries Rebbi Avahu from here - because he again
assumes that the Beraisa comes to preclude 'Achalti' and 'Lo Achalti' from
(c) Rebbi Avahu however, again explains - that the Beraisa is coming to
incorporate 'Achalti' and 'Lo Achalti' in the Din of Korban ...
(d) ... like Rebbi Akiva (who holds that 'Achalti' and 'Lo Achalti' do not
receive Malkos, but that they are subject to a Korban)?
(a) The problem with this is - how we can establish the Reisha of the
Beraisa like Rebbi Yishmael, and the Seifa, like Rebbi Akiva?
(b) We finally accept the latter interpretation of the Seifa, but not our
earlier interpretation of the Reisha (establishing Rebbi Akiva as the author
of the Beraisa). The Reisha comes to preclude (not 'Achalti' and 'Lo
Achalti' from a Korban, but) 'Ochal, ve'Lo Achal' from Malkos.
(c) And the reason that we preclude 'Ochal, ve'Lo Achal' in the Reisha and
not 'Achalti, ve'Lo Achal' (see Hagahos ha'Bach) - is because, since the
Reisha is talking about the future ('Lo Ochal, ve'Achal'), it is more likely
to also preclude a case that pertains to the future.
(a) We suggest that perhaps Rebbi Akiva, who sentences 'Lo Ochal, ve'Achal
Kol she'Hu' to Malkos, holds like Rebbi Shimon, who holds (in the Mishnah in
Makos) - that the 'Halachah le'Moshe mi'Sinai' of 'Shiurin' is confined to
the realm of Korbanos, but does not extend to Malkos.
(b) In that case, the reason that Rebbi chose to present the Machlokes
specifically here in the case of Shevu'ah is - to teach us the extent of the
Rabbanan's opinion, that even though had the person who declared the
Shevu'ah specified a 'Kol she'Hu', he would have been Chayav Malkos, now
that he did not, they exempt him from Malkos.
(c) Alternatively - (Rebbi Akiva does not on principle, hold like Rebbi
Shimon, and) Rebbi only cites the Machlokes here, because due to the fact
that if the Nishba specified a 'Kol she'Hu', he would be Chayav, Rebbi Akiva
renders him Chayav even if he did not (but not anywhere else).
(a) Even assuming that Rebbi Akiva holds like Rebbi Shimon, when the
Rabbanan in our Mishnah asked him 'Heichan Matzinu Kol Shehu she'Hu Chayav
... ', rather than answer them that he holds like Rebbi Shimon, he
preferred to answer 'Heichan Matzinu bi'Medaber she'Hu Chayav ... ', to try
to convince them to concede to him at least in the case of Shevu'ah.
(b) Rebbi Akiva rules in the Mishnah in Nazir - that, if a Nazir soaked his
bread in wine - he is Chayav even if the Shiur of a 'k'Zayis' is
complemented by the bread (because of the principle 'Heter Mitztaref
le'Isur', which applies at least in the case of Nazir).
(c) This proves - that Rebbi Akiva does not hold like Rebbi Shimon, who
would not need to come on to 'Heter Mitztaref le'Isur' for the Nazir to be
(a) In a Mishnah later in the Perek, the Tana Kama sentences someone who
declares 'Shevu'ah she'Lo Ochal' and who then eats Neveilos and T'reifos ...
' to Malkos. Rebbi Shimon rules - that he is Patur.
(b) The problem with the Tana Kama's ruling is - why, seeing as his Shevu'ah
covers things that the Torah has already forbidden, it takes effect at all
(due to the fact that he is 'Mushba ve'Omed me'Har Sinai' [and as we have
already learned 'Ein Shevu'ah Chalah al Shevu'ah']).
(c) Rav, Shmuel and Rebbi Yochanan establish the Mishnah when he
incorporated permitted foods in his Shevu'ah. The basis of the Machlokes
between the Chachamim and Rebbi Shimon will then be - whether 'Isur Chal al
Isur be'Kolel' by Shevu'os (the Rabbanan) or not (Rebbi Shimon).
(a) Resh Lakish disagrees with the other Amora'im. He establishes the
Mishnah by 'Kol she'Hu' - according to the Rabbanan, at least if he
specified it, according to Rebbi Akiva, even if he didn't.
(b) We prove from Resh Lakish that Rebbi Akiva does not hold like Rebbi
Shimon (in cases other than Shevu'ah) - because according to Rebbi Shimon
(who does not require a Shiur for anything), he would already be Mushba
ve'Omed me'Har Sinai even on 'Kol she'Hu' of Neveilos and T'reifos.
(c) The Rabbanan in our Mishnah asked Rebbi Akiva where we find that one is
Chayav for a 'Kol she'Hu'. Rebbi Akiva did not answer that we find it ...
1. ... by an ant (for which one receives Malkos even if it is not the size
of a 'k'Zayis') - because a 'Beryah' (a complete creature) is special
(because it is Chashuv).
2. ... by Hekdesh - because even though it does not require a 'k'Zayis', it
does require the Shiur of a Perutah.
3. ... by Mefaresh (someone who specifies a 'Kol Shehu' in the case of a
Shevu'ah) - because, by virtue of the person's declaration, it is Chashuv,
in which case it is in the same category as a Beryah.
(a) We ask why Rebbi Akiva did not answer that we find a 'Kol Shehu' by
dust, which we initially take for granted, does not require a Shiur -
because it is not edible.
(b) We refute the Kashya, and resolve Rava's She'eilah simultaneously - by
trying to extrapolate from the Rabbanan's Kashya that dust does require a
Shiur after all, thereby resolving Rava's She'eilah (whether it requires a
Shiur or not).
(c) We reject the answer that we just gave by negating the original Kashya -
on the grounds that the Machlokes between the Rabbanan and Rebbi Akiva
evolves exclusively around things that are edible .
(d) And we conclude that Konamos (Nedarim) are also considered 'Mefaresh' -
because, since a Neder ('Konem Kikar Zu Alai') does not contain a Lashon of
'Achilah' (the basis of a k'Zayis'), it is also considered 'Mefaresh'.