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Prepared by Rabbi P. Feldman
of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
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Previous daf Bava Basra 162
1) THE LAST LINE OF A DOCUMENT (cont.)
(a) Question (Rav Nachman): Why don't we learn from the last
line of a document?
(b) Answer (Rav Amram - Beraisa #1): If the witnesses left
two blank lines between the text and their signatures, it
is invalid; if they left one blank line, it is valid.
(c) Question: When they left two blank lines, it is invalid -
presumably, we are concerned that the bearer could add
clauses to his benefit;
1. The same concern applies when one blank line was
(d) Answer: We must say that we do not learn from the last
2) BLANK LINES AFTER THE TEXT
(a) Question: What if one and a half blank lines were left
after the text?
(b) Answer #1 (Beraisa #1): If they left two blank lines, it
1. Inference: If they left one and a half blank lines,
it is valid!
(c) Objection: But the end of the Beraisa teaches, if they
left one blank line, it is valid - implying, if they left
one and a half blank lines, it is invalid!
(d) Conclusion: The inferences contradict one another, we
cannot determine which is correct (to answer the question
from the Beraisa).
(e) Answer #2 (Beraisa #2): If they left two blank lines, it
is invalid; less than this, it is valid (this answers our
1. If four or five witnesses signed on a document, and
one (our text, Rambam; Rashbam's text - the first
two) of them were found to be relatives or invalid
witnesses, the document is valid on account of the
2. This supports Chizkiyah.
3. (Chizkiyah): If blank lines between the text and the
signatures were filled with signatures of relatives,
it is valid;
i. We likewise find in the laws of Sechach (that a
gap is worse than something invalid) - three
Tefachim of air disqualify a Sukah, invalid
Sechach disqualifies a Sukah only if there are