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Previous daf Avodah Zarah 29
1) MEDICAL ADVICE
(a) (Rav Yehudah): A cut from a thorn should be put in hot
water, wrinkles on the face should be put in cold water,
vice-versa is dangerous;
2) HAIRCUTS FROM A NOCHRI
(b) Vinegar is good for bloodletting, small fish are good for
a fast, vice-versa is dangerous;
(c) It is dangerous to let blood after eating cress, or after
a fever, or after an eye ache;
(d) It is good to eat fish the day before bloodletting, and
also the day after; to eat on the third day is dangerous.
(e) (Beraisa): One who lets blood should not eat milk,
cheese, onions or cress.
(f) (Abaye): If he ate one of these, he should mix a Revi'is
of vinegar and a Revi'is of wine, and drink them;
1. He should relieve himself east of the city, so the
stench will not bother people.
(g) (R. Yehoshua ben Levi): On Shabbos, we may raise Unkli
(tonsils that obstructs breathing; Aruch - the opening to
1. To raise it, we take a handful of cumin and mint,
horehound, savory, and hyssop and drink them with
(h) For blisters he should drink these with water; a woman
that is chilled while giving birth should drink them with
(i) Rav Acha brei d'Rava ground them up together, took a
handful and drank them; Rav Ashi ground them up together,
took between his thumb and pinky.
(j) Rav Papa: None of these worked for me; I later heard to
take a small new flask of water with a spoonful of honey,
put it under the stars, and to drink it the next day - it
(k) (Beraisa): The following six things cure: eating cabbage,
beets, dry pennyroyal (mint), stomach, womb, and
diaphragm; some say, also small fish;
1. Small fish improve and help the whole body grow.
(l) The following 10 things aggravate sickness: eating ox
meat, (permitted) Chelev, roasted meat, fowl, roasted
eggs, cress, shaving, a hot bath, cheese, and liver;
1. Some add nuts; some add gourds;
2. Tana d'vei R. Yishmael says, they are called
'Kishu'in' because they are Kashin to the body like
(a) (Mishnah - R. Meir): We do not get haircuts from them in
(b) (Beraisa): If a Nochri is cutting one's hair, he should
look in a mirror;
(c) If a Yisrael cuts a Nochri's hair, he must not cut near
the Bluris (hair left for idolatrous rites).
(d) Question: The Beraisa says, if a Nochri is cutting one's
hair, he should look in a mirror - what is the case?
1. If he is in a public domain - why does he need a
mirror (many see him)!
(e) Answer: Really, he is in a private domain; by looking in
a mirror, he makes the Nochri think that he is important,
the Nochri is afraid to kill him.
2. If he is in a private domain - even with a mirror it
(f) A Nochri was cutting the hair of Rav Chana bar Bizna in
the outskirts of Neharda'a.
1. The Nochri: Your neck is fitting to be cut!
(g) (Beraisa): If a Yisrael cuts a Nochri's hair, he must not
cut near the Bluris.
2. Rav Chana bar Bizna: I deserve it, for transgressing
R. Meir's opinion.
3. Question: He also transgressed Chachamim's opinion -
they only permit in a public domain!
4. Answer: R. Chana thought, since many people pass by,
it is like a public domain.
(h) Question: How much must he distance from it?
(i) Answer (Rav Malkiyah): Three fingers in every direction.
(j) Version #1 (Rav Chanina brei d'Rav Ika): The following
teachings are of Rav Malkiyo - spit, slaves, and hair
1. The following teachings are of Rav Malkiyah -
Bluris, ashes, and cheese.
(k) Version #2 (Rav Papa): The teachings that explain
Mishnayos and Beraisos are of Rav Malkiyah; the teachings
that have no source in the Tana'im are of Rav Malkiyo.
(l) The versions argue regarding slaves (Rav Papa attributes
it to Rav Malkiyah; Rashi - they also argue about ashes,
Rav Papa attributes it to Rav Malkiyo).
3) FORBIDDEN FOODS OF NOCHRIM
(a) (Mishnah): It is forbidden to benefit from the following
things of Nochrim:
4) THE PROHIBITION OF WINE
1. Their wine, vinegar that came from their wine,
Hadriani earthenware (all these will be explained
later), hides with a hole from which the heart was
(b) R. Shimon ben Gamliel says, if the hole is round it is
forbidden, if it is long and narrow, it is permitted;
(c) R. Akiva says, meat being taken to (where they are
serving) idolatry is permitted, what is taken from it is
forbidden, for it is like something sacrificed to
(d) It is forbidden to do business with people heading to
serve idolatry, it is permitted to do business with
people returning from it.
(e) R. Meir says, if wine of a Yisrael was put in a pouch or
bottle of a Nochri, it is forbidden to benefit from it;
(f) Chachamim say, it is forbidden to drink, but one may
benefit from it.
(g) R. Meir says, it is forbidden to benefit from grape skins
and pits of a Nochri;
(h) Chachamim say, they are forbidden while still wet (i.e.
for 12 months), after this they are permitted.
(i) R. Meir says, it is forbidden to benefit from fish oil
and cheese of Beis Unaiki of Nochrim; Chachamim forbids
eating them, but one may benefit from them.
(j) R. Yishmael: Why is cheese of Nochrim forbidden
(according to Chachamim)?
(k) R. Yehoshua: Because they use stomachs of Neveilos to
(l) R. Yishmael: But the prohibition of an Olah is more
1. Some permitted a Kohen to suck what is inside the
stomach of an Olah;
(m) R. Yehoshua: Rather, because they use stomachs of calves
used for idolatry to curdle it.
2. The consensus was, it is forbidden, but there is no
Me'ilah, i.e. the prohibition is only mid'Rabanan!
(n) R. Yishmael: If so, it should be forbidden to benefit
(o) R. Yehoshua diverted the discussion: How do you read: "Ki
Tovim *Dodecha* mi'Yayin" (masculine, Yisrael speaks of
how dear Hash-m is to them), or "Dodayich" (feminine,
Hash-m speaks of how dear Yisrael is to Him)?
(p) R. Yishmael: "Dodayich".
(q) R. Yehoshua: No, it is "Dodecha" - we learn from
"L'Rei'ach Shemanecha Tovim".
(a) (Gemara) Question: What is the source that it is
forbidden to benefit from wine that was offered to
(b) Answer #1 (Rabah bar Avuha): "Chelev Zevacheimo...Yein
1. Just as it is forbidden to benefit from sacrifices
to idolatry, also from wine that was offered to
(c) Question: What is the source that it is forbidden to
benefit from sacrifices to idolatry?
(d) Answer: "...Va'Yochelu Zivchei Mesim" - just as it is
forbidden to benefit from a corpse, also from sacrifices
(e) Question: What is the source that it is forbidden to
benefit from a corpse?
(f) Answer: We learn from a Gezerah Shavah "Sham-Sham" from
the beheaded calf:
1. It says "Va'Tamas Sham Miryam", and regarding the
beheaded calf it says "V'Arfu Sham" - just as it is
forbidden to benefit from the beheaded calf, also
from a corpse.
(g) Question: What is the source that it is forbidden to
benefit from the beheaded calf?
(h) Answer (d'vei R. Yanai): The beheaded calf is called
'Kaparah', just like Kodshim.
(i) (Mishnah): Vinegar that came from their wine;
(j) (Mishnah): Vinegar that came from their wine (is
(k) Objection: This is obvious! It was forbidden to benefit
from the wine, souring will not permit it!
(l) Answer (Rav Ashi): This Mishnah teaches (by inference)
that one may entrust vinegar with a Nochri with a single
seal (even according to the opinion that a double seal is
needed for wine).
1. We are not concerned lest he Menasech (pour, to
serve idolatry) vinegar (the Mishnah forbids vinegar
that came from their wine, implying that vinegar
they bought from a Yisrael is permitted);
(m) (R. Ila'i): If a Nochri cooked his own wine, it is
2. We are not concerned lest he switch the vinegar with
his own (inferior) vinegar - he would not bother to
forge (duplicate) the seal for this.
(n) Objection: This is obvious! It was forbidden to benefit
from the wine, cooking will not permit it!
(o) Answer (Rav Ashi): R. Ila'i teaches that one may entrust
cooked wine with a Nochri with a single seal.
1. We are not concerned lest he Menasech cooked wine
(we infer that cooked wine he got from a Yisrael is
2. We are not concerned lest he switch it with his own
cooked wine - he would not bother to forge the seal.