REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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(a) What does Rebbi Meir learn from the Pasuk in Yoel "va'Yored Lachem
Geshem Moreh u'Malkosh ba'Rishon"?
(b) What is the meaning of "Moreh" (mentioned in the second paragraph of the
Shema as "Yoreh") and Malkosh? When do they normally occur?
(c) Then how did Rebbi Yochanan explain the Pasuk in Yoel, which records
that it occurred in Nisan?
(d) How long had the famine lasted?
(a) What did the people reply when the Navi instructed them to plant it in
What was David referring to when he wrote ...
(b) But he insisted, and they listened to him.
What did they subsequently
(c) They sowed on the second, third and fourth of Nisan.
next? What was the first thing that they did with their new-grown crops?
(d) Which well-known Pasuk did David write to describe that generation?
- ... "Haloch Yeilech u'Vacho ... Bo Yavo be'Rinah"?
- ... "Nosei Alumosav"?
(a) In the days of Yehoram ben Ach'av, the Pasuk in Melachim speaks of a
What did they eat for the first two years?
(b) In the *third* year, they ate the Kasher animals.
What did they eat in
(c) In the fifth year, they ate insects.
What did they eat in the sixth
and seventh years?
(a) Throughout this Sugya, Rav Nachman is asking his Rebbe Kashyos on
Pesukim, and his Rebbe is supplying the answers.
Answers to questions
What is the name of his
(b) How did Rebbi Yitzchak quoting Rebbi Yochanan, explain the Pasuk in
Hoshei'a "Bekirbecha Kadosh, Lo Avo be'Ir"?
(c) What do we learn from the Pasuk "Yerushalayim ha'Benuyah, ke'Ir
she'Chubrah Lah Yachdav"?
(d) What is the connection between the Pasuk in Yirmiyah "u've'Achas
Yiv'aru, ve'Yichsalu, Musar *Havalim*, Eitz Hu", and the Pasuk there "Hevel
Heimah, Ma'aseh Ta'atu'im"?
(a) Another Pasuk in Yirmiyah writes "Ki *Sh'tayim Ra'os* Asah Ami".
light of the fact that they were guilty of the twenty-four sins listed in
Yechezkel (and of contravening the twenty-four Books of T'nach), why does
the Navi refer to just *two* sins?
(b) What does this have to do with the Pasuk (also in Yirmiyah) "ha'Heimir
Goy Elohim ... ve'Ami Heimir Kevodo be'Lo Ho'il"?
(c) What is the connection between this and the Kuti'im and the Keidari'im?
(a) How old was Shmuel when he died? How do we know this?
(b) Then how did Rav Yitzchak explain the Pasuk "Vayehi Ki Zakein Shmuel"?
(c) What request did Shmuel make of Hashem?
(d) What made him compare himself to Moshe and Aharon?
(a) What was Hashem's subsequent dilemna?
(b) How did Hashem get round it?
(c) Why is Ramah (Shmuel's home-town) mentioned in a Pasuk which speaks
about Shaul living in Giv'ah?
(d) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Hoshei'a "Al-Kein Chatzavti
bi'Nevi'im Haragtim *be'Imrei Fi*"? To whom does this refer?
(a) Why did Rav Yitzchak initially decline to say a D'var Torah when Rav
Nachman asked him once to say something during the meal?
(b) On what grounds did Rav Nachman object when he eventually said that
Ya'akov Avinu never died?
(c) What did Rav Yitzchak learn from the Pasuk in Yirmiyah "ve'Atah Al Tira
Avdi Ya'akov ... Ki Hineni Moshiacha me'Rachok ve'es Zar'acha me'Eretz
(d) How does Rav Yitzchak then explain the fact that they eulogized and
(a) How did Rav Yitzchak explain the fact that Rav Nachman said 'Rachav
Rachav', and remained physically unaffected?
Answers to questions
(b) What parable did Rav Yitzchak give Rav Nachman when he asked him for a
Berachah before parting company?
(c) With which three Berachos was Rav Nachman already blessed?
(d) Which Berachah did Rav Yitzchak then bestow upon his Talmid?