REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 33
SUKAH 33 (Lag b'Omer) - Dedicated by Rabbi Yisroel Shaw in memory of his
grandfather, Mr. Bernie Slotin (Dov Ber ben Moshe Mordechai z'l), whose soul
ascended to its eternal resting place thirty days ago.
(a) Why is an Egyptian Hadas Kasher? Perhaps the Torah insists on a plain
Hadas (without a secondary name - like it does by the hyssop e.g. of the
(b) Under what condition does a Hadas remain Kasher, even if most of the
leaves have become dry?
(c) Under which condition can a Hadas whose top has been severed, become
(a) With regard to Korbanos, we apply the principle of 'Dichuy'.
(b) What She'eilah does the Gemara ask with regard to a Hadas that grew a
berry where the top had been severed?
(c) Is this a case of 'Dichuy Me'ikara' or 'Nir'eh ve'Nidcheh'?
(a) If the wind covered the blood of a bird or a beast that had been
Shechted, is one subsequently Chayav to cover it?
(b) What does Rav Papa deduce from the fact that one is Chayav at all?
(c) Why can we not prove conclusively from Rav Papa that 'Ein Dichuy Eitzel
(a) Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Tzadok rules that if one removed the excessive
berries from the Hadas on Yom-Tov, the Hadas remains Pasul.
What are the other two ways of explaining their Machlokes?
What do the
(b) There are three possible ways of explaining their Machlokes.
How do we
initially interpret it in light of the previous She'eilah?
(c) How would both Tana'im then hold with regard to ...
(d) According to the last explanation, are we talking about 'Dichuy
Me'ikara' or Nir'eh ve'Nidcheh'?
- ... 'Lulav Tzarich Eged'?
- ... learning Lulav from Sukah with regard to 'Ta'aseh ve'Lo min he'Asuy'?
(a) Which other Tana holds 'Lulav Tzarich Eged'?
(b) What is his source?
(c) The Rabbanan do not hold of the 'Gezeirah-Shavah'.
Then on what
grounds do they say 'Mitzvah le'Ogdo'?
(a) According to the initial version of Rav Chisda quoting Rabeinu ha'Gadol,
the Pesul of more berries than leaves does not apply when they are in two or
Answers to questions
Who is Rabeinu ha'Gadol?
(b) What is Rava's objection to Rav Chisda's statement?
(c) So we conclude that, in fact, Rav makes no distinction between one and a
number of locations.
What leniency (regarding the excessive berries on a
Hadas) *does* Rav Chisda quote in his name?
(d) Red berries will invalidate the Hadas too.
From where do we learn
(a) Our Mishnah validates the Hadas if the number of berries was reduced.
Why is this too obvious to mention, should the Mishnah be speaking if this
was done *before* binding the Lulav?
(b) What are we trying to prove, should it then be speaking *after* the
(c) Why in fact, is there no proof from there? So what is the Chidush of the
(a) What do we infer from the Tana of our Mishnah, who forbids reducing the
berries on Yom-Tov?
(b) On the presumption that the berries turned black on Yom-Tov, what do we
try to learn from him?
(c) How do we refute this proof? What *do* we ultimately learn from him?
(a) Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Shimon disagrees with the Tana of our Mishnah. In
his opinion, it is permitted to reduce the number of berries on Yom-Tov.
Why is that not forbidden because of Mesaken?
(b) But why should he not be Chayav because of 'Pesik Reisha' (which turns
Davar she'Ein Miskaven' into a Chiyuv, even according to Rebbi Shimon).
What is the classical case of 'Pesik Reisha'?
(c) Why is it *not* in fact, 'Pesik Reisha'?
(d) Can we learn from here that one may build a second house if one already
(a) According to Rebbi Yehudah (who requires the three species to be tied
together), what does one do if the knot that ties them together comes
undone? Should he tuck in the end, like one ties a bunch of vegetables? May
he tie a bow?
(b) How do we then explain the Tana of the Beraisa, who permits tying it
like one ties a bunch of vegetables, but not into a bow? Like whom does he
(a) Most of the Pesulim of the Lulav also apply to the Aravah, but that of a
Tzaftzafah is unique to an Aravah.
Answers to questions
What is a Tzaftzafah?
(b) Is an Aravah Pasul if it is withered, missing some of its leaves or if
it grew in a field that was watered manually?
(c) Besides that the Aravah should grow by a brook, what does the Tana Kama
learn from the Pasuk in Emor "ve'Arvei Nachal"?
(d) What does he learn from the Torah's use of the plural in "*Arvei*