ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafYoma 29
YOMA 27, 28, 29 (16 Shevat), 30 - have been dedicated by Gitle Bekelnitzky
for the 38th Yahrzeit of Leah bas Mordechai Dovid and Chasya (Bikelnitzky),
mother of her late husband, Simcha Bekelnitzky.
(a) When the Gemara says that thoughts of sin are worse than the sin itself
- it means that immoral thoughts weaken a person more than the immoral act
itself (see also Agados Maharsha).
(b) The Si'man for this - is the smell of roasting meat, which leaves a
person with a strong desire to eat some (from the Si'man one might explain
the statement to mean that immoral thoughts cause a person to sin again,
more than the actual act itself).
(a) The end of summer is hotter than the summer itself - due to the heat
that accumulated throughout the summer months.
(b) The Si'man for that is an oven that was heated a number of times, which
can then be easily re-heated - even using very small twigs.
(c) A fever is worse in winter than in summer - because it needs more heat
to heat up the body - just like a cold oven, which requires more wood to
heat it than a warm one.
(d) The Si'man that bears out the theory that it is easier to learn
something afresh than it is to re-learn it after having forgotten it - is
cement that is ground into particles, which is far more difficult to mix
than fresh clay.
(a) Rebbi learn that the sun's early morning rays do not go straight up,
from the Pasuk in Tehilim "Lamenatze'ach al Ayeles ha'Shachar ... " -
comparing the early morning sun to the horns of a gazelle, whose antlers
split up into many branches.
(b) Esther said the above chapter (22) of Tehilim - after the Shechinah left
her (as she walked passed the house of idolatry on her way to King
Achashverosh to plead for her people).
(c) She compared herself to a deer, because she was particularly beloved by
Achashverosh, like a female gazelle is beloved by its mate, due to the fact
that its womb is extremely narrow.
(a) According to Rav Asi, Esther compared herself to the morning - because,
just as the morning heralds the end of night, so too, did the Yom-Tov that
she initiated (Purim) herald the end of the miracles (it was the last Yom-
(b) She deliberately ignored the miracle of Chanukah, which came later -
because Chanukah is *not* recorded as a book in Tenach, whereas Purim *is*.
(c) This explanation is not acceptable - according to those who maintain
that Megilas Esther is not Metamei the hands (like the other Sefarim of
Tenach), because it is not considered a Sefer.
(d) Rebbi Elazar therefore establishes Esther's comparison like Rebbi
Binyamin bar Yefes in the name of Rebbi Elazar - who said that the Tefilos
of Tzadikim are compared to a gazelle (according to this explanation
'Shachar' is a Lashon of Tefilah) - inasmuch as, the more they Daven, the
more their prayers are accepted, like the antlers of a gazelle, which split
into more and more branches, as it grows older.
(a) The problem with establishing our Mishnah (which describes the mistake
that the Kohanim made one morning when the moon began to shine just before
dawn-break) on Yom Kipur - is that the moon does not rise from the east so
*late* in the month (only at the *beginning*).
(b) The problem with establishing it on other days of the year lies in the
continuation of the Mishnah - 'Horidu Kohen Gadol le'Beis ha'Tevilah'. If
the Mishnah is not referring to Yom Kipur, then why specifically the Kohen
(c) We finally establish the Reisha of the Mishnah - during the rest of the
year. The Tana however, then switches to Yom Kipur, and informs us that,
when the Kohen said Barkai on Yom Kipur, they took the Kohen Gadol down to
(d) If a Kohen killed a bird (by means of Melikah) or made Kemitzah on a
Minchah - when it was still night, the bird and the Minchah (like an animal
that was Shechted by night) must be burned - because both Melikah and
Kemitzah are the equivalent of the Shechitah of an animal Korban (which is
Pasul by night).
(a) If a Kemitzah was performed by night, they cannot simply return the
Kometz that the Kohen took to the flour from which it was taken, to perform
the Kemitzah again in the day - because a K'li Shares renders what is placed
into it (even before its time), Kodesh. Consequently, the remaining flour
becomes Shirayim, and is Pasul like the Kometz.
(b) When the Tana of the Beraisa said that flour-offerings and the like,
that are brought by day, become sanctified in a K'li Shares by day,
implying, but not be night - he meant that it does not become sanctified to
be brought; it *does* however, become sanctified to become Pasul.
(c) If a Minchas Nesachim is placed into a K'li Shares by night - it will
become sanctified, since a Minchas Nesachim is Kasher to be brought by night
as well as by day, and whatever is Kasher to be brought both by day and by
night, becomes sanctified to be brought by night as well as by day.
(d) The three ramifications of the statement 'Aval Kadosh Lipasel' - are:
to become Pasul 1. if it was touched by a Tevul-Yom or a Mechusar Kipurim;
2. if it was Yotzei (taken outside its confines); 3. if it became Pasul
be'Linah (it remained off the Mizbe'ach until the morning).
(a) 'If the Kohen arranged the Lechem ha'Panim and the bowls of frankincense
on the Table on Sunday, and burned the frankincense on Shabbos, the loaves
become Pasul'. Rashi rejects this text - because the Gemara concludes that
bread that is placed on the table six days prematurely does not become Pasul
- as we shall now see.
(b) In fact, on the following Shabbos, they bring other bowls of
frankincense and place them on the Table besides the loaves, which are then
treated like fresh Lechem ha'Panim.
(a) What we said earlier regarding the Kometz that was taken prematurely and
placed inside a K'li Shares (that it becomes sanctified to become Pasul) -
only applies when it was placed inside the K'li Shares in the course of the
previous night, but not before that. Consequently, the loaves, that were
placed on the Table six days in advance, will not become Pasul.
(b) Initially, the Gemara requires the loaves to be removed before the
following Shabbos for the loaves not to become Pasul - because otherwise, as
soon as nightfall of Shabbos arrives, they will become Pasul.
(c) Rav Ashi however dispenses with the need to remove the loaves from the
table before Shabbos - because, he explains, the loaves will not become
Pasul when Friday night arrives. Why not? Because, seeing as they were not
placed bi'Pesul - it is as if a monkey had placed them, and they cannot