REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 14
(a) We just suggested that according to Rav Menashya bar Gada, everyone
agrees that wheat that is reaped for *S'chach* does not have the Din of a
Yad, and that the reason that Acheirim gives the stalks the Din of a Yad, is
because they were initially reaped for *food*; and that the Rabbanan hold
that once the owner changes his mind and decides to use the wheat as
S'chach, the stalks lose their Din of Yad.
What is the problem with this?
(b) How will a piece of leather cut in such a way as to clearly indicate
that it is to be used as a table, lose its eligibility to become Tamei?
(a) To answer the above Kashya, how do we attempt to differentiate between
vessels and the stalks of fruit?
(b) This explanation is feasible according to Rebbi Elazar, who explains the
Mishnah in Uktzin (which declares Tahor the Yados of 'Ochlin she'Basesan')
to mean food whose bundles they untied.
Why is that?
(c) How does Rebbi Yochanan interpret 'Basesan', and how does that discount
the contention that makes a distinction between vessels and fruit?
(a) If Basesan means an act, as we just explained, then Acheirim, who
maintains that the stalks still have a Din of Yados, must hold like Rebbi
What does Rebbi Yossi say? What reason does Resh Lakish give for
Rebbi Yossi's statement?
(b) Then what is the reason of Acheirim, since Resh Lakish's reason only
applies wheat being to the granary - and we are not talking about wheat in a
(a) In which connection does the Torah refer to the Tefilah of a Tzadik as a
(b) Why does it do that? What do we learn from there?
(a) Rebbi Yehudah permits the use of planks as S'chach.
What does Rebbi
(b) Does a plank of four Tefachim invalidate the Sukah that is ...
(c) May one sleep underneath a four Tefachim wide plank that is adjacent to
the wall of the Sukah?
- ... in the middle of the Sukah?
- ... adjacent to the wall of the Sukah?
(a) According to Rav, Rebbi Meir and Rebbi Yehudah argue over a plank that
is at least *four Tefachim* wide.
Answers to questions
What is the basis of their Machlokes?
Why do they agree that a plank of *less* than four Tefachim wide is Kasher?
(b) Shmuel establishes the Machlokes by planks that are *less than four
Tefachim* wide. According to him, what is the reason of ...
(c) What will Shmuel hold by planks that are ...
- ... Rebbi Meir?
- ... Rebbi Yehudah?
(d) According to Rav, who is the author of our Mishnah, which forbids
sleeping underneath a plank of four Tefachim?
- ... *four* Tefachim wide or more?
- ... less than *three*?
(a) In another Beraisa, the Tana Kama invalidates two sheets placed next to
each other, as if they were one, but not two planks; Rebbi Meir invalidates
two planks just like two sheets. Shmuel will establish this Beraisa by two
planks that make up four Tefachim.
Who is the Tana Kama?
(b) How will Shmuel explain the Machlokes?
(c) What is the problem with Rav (in whose opinion Rebbi Meir and Rebbi
Yehudah argue about a plank of four Tefachim, but not less)?
(d) How *will* Rav in fact, explain the Machlokes?
(a) According to the second Lashon, it is Shmuel who explains the
'Mitztarfin' of Rebbi Meir to refer to four *Amos*.
In which point does
this Lashon disagree with the first Lashon?
(b) What is now Rebbi Yehudah's reason, according to Shmuel?
(c) Rav will learn Rebbi Meir in exactly the same way as Shmuel. Rebbi
Yehudah's statement however, appears superfluous.
How *does* Rav justify
(a) We have one Beraisa in support of Rav, and another in support of
What does Rebbi Yehudah concede to Rebbi Meir in the same Beraisa?
In the first Beraisa, from where does Rebbi Yehudah bring a proof
for his opinion that planks of four Tefachim are Kasher?
(b) On what grounds do the Rabbanan refute his proof?
(c) In the second Beraisa, under which circumstances does Rebbi Meir concede
that the Sukah is Kasher even if there are planks of three (or even four)
Tefachim on the Sukah? To which size Sukah is Rebbi Meir referring, and how
are the planks and the S'chach arranged?
(d) How could the Tana have informed us the same Chidush according to Rebbi
Yehudah? And why did he choose to tell it to us according to Rebbi Meir?
(a) What did Rav Chisda and Rabah bar Rav Huna think about planks of four
Tefachim wide but less than four Tefachim thick, that are placed on their
(b) They hoped that Rav Nachman who came to visit Sura, would support them,
but he didn't. He agreed with Rav Huna.
What does Rav Huna say?
(a) The Beraisa invalidates a Sukah that cannot fit a person's head, most of
him and his table.
Answers to questions
What size Sukah would that be?
(b) The Tana also invalidates a Sukah, if a gap in the bottom of the wall is
large enough to allow a kid-goat to enter easily.
What size would the gap
have to be to invalidate the Sukah?
(c) How do we attempt to prove Rav Huna right from the same Beraisa, which
invalidates a Sukah which has a plank that is four Tefachim wide, but which
only takes up three Tefachim in the Sukah?
(d) But we reject this proof by establishing the Beraisa by Pesel ha'Yotze
What is the Tana then saying?