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1) ONE WHO SELLS A SHIP
(i) (Mishnah): If one sells a ship, this includes the mast,
sail, anchors, and oars;
2) VISIONS AT SEA
(j) He did not sell the slaves, bags (for merchandise) or
(k) If he said 'It and everything inside', all these are
(l) (Gemara): (The Gemara proves from verses that the words
in the Mishnah refer to the mast, sail, anchors and
(m) (Beraisa): If one sells a ship, this includes the ramp
(to board or get off) and water cistern;
(n) R. Noson says, it includes the Beitzis; Sumchus says, it
includes the Gigis (these will be explained).
(o) (Rava): Both refer to a small, shallow boat which can go
to the shore; each Tana speaks in the language of his
(i) (The main point of the following Agadetos are very
hidden. We will give some deeper meanings from Meforshim
[comments in square brackets are from the Maharsha].)
(j) Rabah: Sailors told me: a wave [oppressor of Yisrael]
about to sink a ship [Yisrael] is preceded by a damaging
angel that looks like a white flame; they hit it with
sticks on which certain names of Hash-m are written, then
it calms down. (Kikayon d'Yonah - the waves are
incitements of the evil inclination, to make a person
doubtful about the world to come).
(k) Sailors (Ritva - Chachamim) told me: 300 Parsa'os
separate between waves; the height of a wave is 300
1. Once I was travelling, and a wave [Edom] lifted us
until we could see the middle of a small star; it
appeared larger than the size of a (normal) Beis
(l) Rabah: I saw a demon [evil inclination, which is the
angel of death] on a wall above a man [Tzadik] riding a
horse; the demon was unable to catch him [Torah and
Mitzvos protected him].
2. Had it lifted us higher, the heat would have roasted
us [had Yisrael joined more with Edom (as Esav
wanted) we would have perished in exile].
3. Another wave [oppressor] called to it: Did you
destroy the entire world, and not leave anything for
me to destroy?
4. The previous wave: Your Master put a thin border of
sand [Yisrael] which we cannot pass [destroy] -
"Samti Chol Gevul la'Yam"
1. Once the demon was jumping back and forth across a
river; it poured out wine from two cups [punishment
awaiting the Nochrim] and caught it (each in the
other cup) without losing a drop.
(m) Rabah: I saw a Re'em (a huge animal) [Yehoshua] the day
it was born: it was 400 Parsa'os. It excreted, damming up
the Yarden (perhaps an allusion to the water of the
Yarden piling up when Yisrael crossed).
2. The King [Hash-m; Rashbam - of the Shedim] killed
(n) Rabah bar bar Chanah: I saw a frog [Yavan] as big as 60
houses; a snake [Romi] came and swallowed it, a raven
[Yishmael] came and swallowed the snake. It perched on a
branch [the merit of Avraham].
1. Rav Papa bar Shmuel: Had I not seen this (Ya'avetz -
had my Neshamah not seen the Torah given on Sinai),
I would not believe it (how strong the branch
(o) Rabah bar bar Chanah: I was on a ship, and saw a fish
[Haman] that had a rodent [Mordechai] in its nostrils.
The fish died; the water cast it ashore, destroying 60
great cities. Sixty cities ate its flesh (fresh), another
60 ate flesh from it which they salted; they filled 300
barrels of oil from one eye.
1. I returned the next year, and saw them sawing beams
from its bones to rebuild the destroyed cities.
(p) Rabah bar bar Chanah: I was on a ship, and saw a fish
that had sand on its back. Grass was growing from it, we
thought it was an island [Yisrael thought that Galus was
over]. We came up, and were cooking on its back [enjoying
the feast of Achashverosh]. When it got hot, it flipped
over; had we not been close to our ship [repented], we
would have drowned.
(q) Rabah bar bar Chanah: I was on a ship, we were travelling
between two fins of a fish [Yisrael was in danger]. For
three days and nights [Yisrael were in danger, they
fasted], the fish [Haman] was on top (Rashbam - swimming
against the current), we were on bottom (with the
(r) Rabah bar bar Chanah: I was on a ship, we saw a bird
standing up to its ankles in water [the revealed part of
Torah]; its head reached to the sky [the deep secrets of
Torah]. We thought that the water was very shallow.
1. Voice from Heaven: Do not come to here (the secrets
of Torah until having properly learned the revealed
part of Torah); a carpenter (Chacham) once dropped
his ax, and it did not land (he had a question and
was unable to settle it) for seven years;
(s) Rabah bar bar Chanah: We were travelling in the
wilderness, and we saw ducks whose wings were falling off
on account of their fatness (Ben Yehoyada - great
Chachamim who had utterly separated from physicality);
there were streams of oil flowing under them (the world
was fed in their merit). I asked - do we have a share in
the world to come with you? One lifted a wing, another
lifted a thigh (to merit this, you must properly use the
hand (Chesed) and thigh).
2. This is not because of the amount of water (a large
question), rather because it flows rapidly (the
matter is very deep - Etz Yosef).
3. (Rav Ashi): The bird was Ziz Shakai (one who
separated from physicality) - "V'Ziz Shakai Imadi"
(such a person is fitting to be near Hash-m).
1. R. Elazar: Yisrael will be held accountable (Shita
Mekubetzes - our merits will be reduced for having
(t) Rabah bar bar Chanah: We were travelling in the
wilderness, a Yishmaeli merchant accompanied us. He would
smell the dirt and say to which place it led, and how far
we were from water (Etz Yosef - this was Eliyahu, he
could tell a person's level, and how far he is from
Chasid, the highest level).
1. We tested him by giving him different dirt; he knew