REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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(a) Rav Chanan bar Rava permits the use of both Hizmi and Higi (types of
bush) as S'chach.
What does Abaye say about Higi?
(b) We learned in our Mishnah that tied bundles may not be used as S'chach.
Why then, is it permitted to use palm branches that grow low on the tree,
and that in fact, comprise a number of branches tied together?
(c) Higher up on the branch, the branches tend to spread out, making them
useless as S'chach unless they are tied together manually.
invalidate it from being used as S'chach?
(d) What does the Beraisa mean when it says 'Kanin ve'Dokranin Mesachechin
(a) May one use 'Marerisa de'Agma' as Moror?
(b) What is the problem with this?
(c) Abaye concedes that its name is 'Marerisa de'Agma'.
How does he
distinguish between it and a 'Greek hyssop' and a 'blue hyssop', which may
not be used for the Parah Adumah, because the Torah specifies 'Eizov'
(d) Rava does not seem to agree with Abaye's principle. Why then, is a
'Marerisa de'Agma' Kasher on Pesach, according to him?
(a) One stalk does *not* constitute an Eged (a bundle), three *does*.
(b) The Tana Kama in the Mishnah in Parah requires three roots, each
comprising one stalk, for the Mitzvah of Ezov.
What does Rebbi Yossi say
(c) We initially contend that Rebbi Yossi permits *two* stalks even
- ... 'Sheyarav'?
- ... 'Girdumav'? What is 'Girdumav'?
Then why does he mention *three*?
(d) If our contention in Rebbi Yossi is correct, what will the Rabbanan
(a) We reject the previous contention however, on the basis of another
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What does Rebbi Yossi say there?
(b) How do we now explain the Machlokes between Rebbi Yossi and the
Rabbanan? What will the Rabbanan now hold?
(c) Another Beraisa says 'Ezov she'Techilaso Shenayim ve'Shayarav Echad,
Kasher'. Who is the author of this Beraisa?
(d) The Seifa, which reads 've'Eino Pasul ad she'Yehei Techilaso ve'Shayarav
Echad' clashes with what we just learnt in the Reisha?
How do we amend it?
(a) On what grounds did Mereimar permit the use of bundles of canes that
were sold in Sura, as S'chach ?
(b) Rebbi Aba permitted a 'Tzerifa de'Urvena' to be used as S'chach.
was a 'Tzerifa de'Urvena', and what was it made out of?
(c) Under what condition was it Kasher?
(d) Rav Papa ruled that it was also necessary to untie the knot that held it
together at the bottom.
Why did Rav Huna Brei de'Rav Yehoshua maintain
that this was unnecessary?
(a) According to Rebbi Aba quoting Shmuel, any species of vegetables that
one may use as Maror on Pesach is considered an Ohel to transmit Tum'ah.
In that case, why does it not also protect things that are on top of it from
(b) What does Rebbi Aba mean when he says 'u'Poslin be'Sukah Mishum Avir'?
What is the reason for that?
(a) And what does Rebbi Aba (quoting Rav Huna) mean when he says that grapes
that are picked for the wine-press have no 'Yados'?
(b) Rav Menashya bar Gada quotes Rav Huna as saying that if someone cuts the
corn to use as S'chach, the stalks are not considered a 'Yad' to the fruit.
(c) Why does the fruit (i.e. the wheat kernels) not invalidate the Sukah?
(d) Rebbi Aba (also quoting Rav Huna) does not agree with Rav Menashya bar
Why would a person *not want the stalks of the grapes* to serve as
handles to the grapes on the one hand, but *want the stalks of wheat* to
serve as stalks to the kernels of wheat on the other?
(a) If one has branches with figs, grapes and dates on them, and stalks with
kernels, the Tana Kama of the Beraisa requires more waste than fruit
(irrespective of the stalks) for the branches to be valid as S'chach.
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does Acheirim say?
(b) Why can Rebbi Aba (who maintains that the stalks on Sukos *do* have a
Din of Yad - as we saw in 7d) not possibly hold like the Tana Kama of the
(c) If Rebbi Menashya bar Gada (who holds that the stalks on Sukos do *not*
have a Din of Yad) If Rebbi Menashya bar Gada were to agree that the Tana'im
in the Beraisa argue over whether the stalks constitute Yados or not, like
whom will *he* hold?
(d) On the other hand, how might Rebbi Menashya bar Gada establish even
Acheirim like him? And how will the Rabbanan then hold?