REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Yevamos 16
YEVAMOS 16 (7 Teves) - Dedicated by Yaakov Wollner and family, of Baltimore,
Maryland, in memory of Yitzchok Yisroel Daniel.
(a) What does the Beraisa say happened in the days of Rebbi Dosa ben
Horkinus, which proves once and for all, that Beis Shamai practiced what
(b) Why were the Chachamim particularly upset about that incident?
(c) Rebbi Yehoshua volunteered to go and sort it out with him.
Chachamim volunteered to go with him?
(a) Where did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas place first Rebbi Yehoshua, then Rebbi
Elazar ben Azaryah and finally, Rebbi Akiva?
(b) What did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas comment when Rebbi Yehoshua informed
him that he was being accompanied by ...
(c) What was Rebbi Dosa's response when they queried him about Tzaras
ha'Bas, and his view on the matter?
- ... Rebbi Elazar ben Azaryah? Which Pasuk did he quote in connection with his comment?
- ... Rebbi Akiva?
(d) Then why did they think that he had ruled like Beis Shamai?
(a) Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas referred to his brother Yehonasan as a 'Bechor
What does this mean?
(b) How many proofs did he have permitting Tzaras ha'Bas?
(c) What, on the other hand, did Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas bring as
testimonial heaven and earth, with regard to Tzaras ha'Bas?
(a) Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas also testified that the Jews living in Amon and
Mo'av must separate Ma'aser Ani in the Sh'mitah-year.
Why did Chazal issue
such a decree? Was it confined to Ma'aser Ani exclusively?
(b) Why were Amon and Mo'av not subject to Sh'mitah (which is Patur from
(c) He also testified about the Karduyin and the Tarmudin.
What did he say
(d) What is the Chidush? Why would we otherwise have thought that one may
not accept converts from there?
(a) The three Chachamim left Rebbi Dosa ben Horkinas' apartment by three
different exits (see Tosfos DH 'Yatz'u'). Yonasan, the Bechor Satan, met
Rebbi Akiva as he was leaving.
What did he add, after declaring his
(b) What did Rebbi Akiva reply?
(c) How do we reconcile Rami bar Yechezkel's Beraisa, which prohibits the
acceptance of converts from among the Karduyim, with Rebbi Dosa ben
Horkinas's testimony, which permits it? What did the former really say?
(a) What did the Tana of the Mishnah in Nidah mean when he said that all
stains that came from Rekem were Tahor? Why is that?
Answers to questions
(b) On what grounds did Rebbi Yehudah disagree? What did he mean when he
(a) The Mishnah concludes 'mi'Bein ha'Ovdei Kochavim, Tehorim',
incorporating stains that came from Tarmud.
What does Rebbi Yochanan
extrapolate from there regarding the inhabitants of Tarmud?
(b) What statement did he, together with 'the elders', make earlier that
clashes with this?
(c) Why do we not want to answer that Rebbi Yochanan only comes to explain
the Mishnah, but that that is not his personal view?
(d) How do we finally justify it?
(a) Some give the reason of Rebbi Yochanan and the 'elders' as being because
of 'Avdei Shlomoh'.
What does that mean? What will they then hold
regarding a child born from a Nochri or a slave who had relations with a
(b) Others ascribe it to 'B'nos Yerushalayim'. Some say that twelve
thousand soldiers plus six thousand archers were involved.
What do others
(c) What happened on that occasion?
(a) Why is the Pasuk in Tehilim "Na'ar Hayisi ve'Gam Zakanti ... " quoted
and Darshened here?
"Tzivah Hashem le'Ya'akov Sevivav Tzarav" (Eichah).
(b) According to Rav Shmuel bar Nachmeini Amar Rebbi Yonasan, who was the
author of that Pasuk?
(c) Why can it not have been ...
(d) And to whom does the Pasuk in Eichah refer when it writes "Yado Paras
Tzar al Kol Machamadehah"? What does "al Kol Machamadehah" refer to?
- ... Hashem?
- ... David Hamelech?
What does Rav mean
when he explains 'Humnayah le'Pum Nahara'?
(a) Rav Yehudah Amar Rav Asi says that if a Nochri betrothes a woman
nowadays, we suspect the Kidushin to be valid.
Answers to questions
What are the ramifications
of this Halachah?
(b) On what contention is this ruling based?
(c) Why do we not go after the majority of people in the world, who are