REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafYoma 16
YOMA 16 (3 Shevat) - has been dedicated by Zvi and Tamarah Sand of Har Nof,
Yerushalayim, in memory of Tamarah's grandfather, Chanan (ben Yakov)
Bromberg, on his Yahrzeit.
(a) The Ezras Nashim had four rooms on its four corners: on the south- east
was the Lishkas Nezirim, on the north-east, the Lishkas ha'Eitzim, on the
north-west, the Lishkas Metzora'im. Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov could not
recall what purpose the south-western room served, until Aba Shaul reminded
What did they do in ...
(b) What exactly, did Aba Shaul remind Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov?
- ... the Lishkas Nezirim?
- ... the Lishkas ha'Eitzim?
- ... the Lishkas Metzora'im?
(c) What was the size of the Ezras Nashim?
(a) How wide were all the doorways of the Beis Hamikdash (that led from east
to west from the Har ha'Bayis until the Heichal), and how tall were they
(with one exception)?
(b) What was the sole exception? Why was it necessary for that doorway to be
higher than the rest (according to the Mishnah in Midos)?
(c) If the first of the above doorways was that leading to the Har ha'Bayis
and the last to the Heichal, where did the other two lead?
(d) What is another name for Har ha'Mishchah?
(a) Just within the entrance to the Har ha'Bayis was the Soreg.
(b) On the other side of the Soreg was an empty space called the Chil.
wide was the Chil?
(c) The Chil led into the Ezras Nashim, which was six Amos higher than it
How many steps led from one to the other, and what was the hight and
the width of each step?
(d) The steps leading up from the Ezras Nashim to the Ezras Yisrael were the
same size as those leading down from it to the Chil.
How many steps led
from the Ezras Nashim to the Ezras Yisrael?
(a) The inner section of the Ezras Yisrael was twenty-two Amos and was
called 'Bein ha'Ulam ve'la'Mizbe'ach. If another twelve steps (also half an
Amah in hight and half an Amah - or possibly an Amah - wide) led from it to
the Ulam, how much higher would that make the level of the Heichal (which
was inside the Ulam, and on the same level) than that of the foot of the Har
Answers to questions
(b) How does Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov raise the level of the Ezras Yisrael
by two and a half Amos?
(c) How does that prove that he must be the author of the Stam Mishnah that
we learned above (in 2), that the doorway of the Har ha'Bayis must have been
higher than all the subsequent doorways (and consequently, of all the Stam
Mishnayos in Midos)?
(d) Rav Ada bar Ahavah maintains that the author of the above Mishnah is
What does Rebbi Yehudah say with regard to the location of
the Mizbe'ach, and why would that prove him to be the author of that
The width of the doorway of the Heichal was twenty Amos.
What was the
thickness of the walls on either side?
(a) The Tana in Midos gives the width of the Ezras Yisrael as 135 Amos.
What was its overall length (up to its western extremity)?
(b) Given that the length of the Mizbe'ach was thirty-two Amos, how many
Amos (east of the Mizbe'ach) were ...
(c) How many Amos were there west of the Mizbe'ach until the Ulam (Bein
- ... Yisraelim permitted to walk?
- ... only Kohanim permitted to walk?
(d) Given that the combined length of the Ulam, Heichal and the D'vir was
one hundred Amos, what was the distance between the Kodesh Kodshim and the
western extremity of the Har ha'Bayis?
(a) If the width of the Azarah was 135 Amos, how many Amos did the Mizbe'ach
together with the ramp take up?
(b) From the northern wall southwards comprised the following distances:
from the wall to the short posts (on which the Shechted animals were hung
for stripping) - 8 Amos, the posts themselves - 10.5 Amos; from the posts
to the two rows of tables (on which the animals were cut up) - 4 Amos, the
tables themselves - 4 Amos; from the tables to the rings - 4 Amos, the
rings themselves - 24 Amos; from the rings to the Mizbe'ach - 8 Amos. How
many Amos were there between the southern wall and the ramp (according to
Rashi's first explanation)?
(c) Considering that the Mizbe'ach was thirty-two Amos long, how many Amos
would now have been in the northern half of the Azarah, and how many in the
(a) Bearing in mind the shape of the Mizbe'ach, how does this prove that the
Stam author of Midos cannot have been Rebbi Yehudah? How many Amos of the
entrance to the Heichal would appear to have been visible?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we allow for the fact that the Amah above the Sovev was reduced
by an Amah only after the Mizbe'ach had risen to a height of six Amos?
(c) Then who is the Stam author of Midos?