REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 16
BAVA BASRA 16 (23 Nisan) - dedicated by Mr. Avy Reichman of Queens, NY,
l'Iluy Nishmas his father, Dovid ben Avraham, on the day of his Yahrzeit.
(a) When the scenario with the Satan repeated itself, what did Hashem mean
when he said to him "ve'Odenu Machzik be'Tum'aso, va'Tesiseni Vo le'Val'o
(b) What did Rebbi Yochanan comment about this statement? Why is it
(c) How does the Tana describe the work of the Satan?
(a) What did the Satan reply to Hashem's statement?
(b) What was Hashem's response to the Satan's request?
(c) Why did the Satan suffer more than Iyov?
(d) Resh Lakish learns from Pesukim that the Yeitzer ha'Ra and the Satan are
one and the same (like we just learned). He first causes one to sin and then
prosecutes the sinner.
What does he learn from the Pasuk in Iyov "Ach es
(a) What did Rebbi Levi mean when he said that ...
(b) What happened when Rav Acha bar Ya'akov Darshened this in Papunya?
- ... the Satan acted le'Shem Shamayim?
- ... Peninah acted le'Shem Shamayim? Who was Peninah?
(c) What does Rava extrapolate from the Pasuk "be'Chol Zos Lo Chata Iyov
(a) What did Rava mean when, explaining the Pasuk "Eretz Nitnah be'Yad Rasha
... ", he said that Iyov wanted to 'overturn the dish'?
(b) Abaye disagreed.
How did he explain the Pasuk?
(c) Rebbi Eliezer in a Beraisa, referring to the same Pasuk, stated "Bikesh
Iyov La'hafoch Ke'arah al Pihah".
What did Rebbi Yehoshua say?
(a) How does Rava explain Iyov's statement "Al Da'atcha Ki Lo Ersha, ve'Ein
(b) What does this have to do with the distinction between an ox and a
donkey, Gan Eden and Gehinom?
(c) How did Iyov's friends answer him by citing the creation of the Yetzer
(d) Based on the Pasuk "Birchas Oved Alai Savo, ve'Lev Almanah Arnin", What,
according to Rava, did Iyov used to do (before the Midas ha'Din struck) ...
- ... to the field of Yesomim?
- ... to boost the chances of an Almanah to get married?
(a) What did Rav (or Rava) mean when he said ...
(b) What similar remark did he make about Iyov's statement "Lu Yesh Beneinu
Mochi'ach ... "?
- ... 'Afra le'Pumei de'Iyov!'
- ... 'Chavrusa K'lapei Shemaya'? What had Iyov said that irked him?
(c) What did Rava remark about Iyov's self-aggrandizement, when he claimed
that he had made a covenant with his eyes that he would refrain from looking
(d) And what did Iyov mean when he said "Kalah Anan va'Yeilech Kein Yored
She'ol Lo Ya'aleh"?
(a) Rabah, quoting Pesukim, states 'Iyov bi'Se'arah Cheref, u'vi'Se'arah
Answers to questions
What did Iyov claim have happened, after a storm-cloud passed
(b) How did Hashem counter his claim (from a storm-cloud).
What did He
prove from the many ...
(c) With regard to the raindrops, the Pasuk uses the Lashon "Mi Palag
- ... hairs on a human body?
- ... rain-drops that fall from the clouds to the ground?
- ... thunderclaps that one hears during a thunder-storm?
What do we prove from the Pasuk in Melachim (in
connection with Eliyahu on Mount Carmel) "va'Ya'as Ta'aleh
(d) Hashem brought two final proofs that He was unlikely to become confused
between Iyov and Oyev, one from a mountain-she-goat, the other, from a
What is the proof from ...
- ... a mountain-she-goat?
- ... a she-gazelle?
(a) What principle does Rava extrapolate from the Pasuk "Iyov Lo be'Da'as
Yedaber, u'Devarav Lo be'Haskel"?
(b) When Iyov was stricken with boils, his friends, Elifaz ha'Teimani,
Bildad ha'Shuchi and Tzofer ha'Na'amasi, came to visit him. What do we
learn from the Pasuk "va'Yiva'adu Yachdav la'Vo la'Nud Lo u'Le'nachamo"?
(c) Considering that they lived hundreds of miles apart, how did they all
get to know about Iyov's plight simultaneously?
(d) What folk-saying was born from this incident?
(a) Discussing the large percentage of female births preceding the Flood -
the Pasuk uses the expression "Va'yehi Ki Heichel ha'Adam la'Rov al-P'nei
What does Rebbi Yochanan mean when he says 'Revi'ah Ba'ah
(b) How does Resh Lakish explain the word "la'Rov"?
(c) What did Rebbi Yochanan reply when Resh Lakish asked him why, according
to him, Iyov was not blessed with twice as many daughters as he had
previously had (like he was with sons)?
(d) Why did Iyov call one of his daughters ...
- ... Yamimah?
- ... Ketzi'ah?
(a) How did the B'nei Ma'arva react to de'Bei Rebbi Yanai's explanation that
Iyov called his third daughter Keren ha'Puch because she had a dark
complexion, like the horn of a rhinoceros?
(b) So how does Rav Chisda explain the name?
(c) How did Rebbi console his son Rebbi Shimon, when he expressed
disappointment after his wife gave birth to a daughter?
(d) bar Kapara disillusioned Rebbi Shimon bar Rebbi however, by quoting a
What does the Beraisa say about ...
- ... boys and girls and about someone who has only girls?
- ... spice-makers and tanners, and someone whose profession is tannery?
(a) It appears that the status of daughters was already then an old bone of
contention. Rebbi Meir explains the Pasuk "va'Hashem Beirach es Avraham
ba'Kol" to mean that Avraham had no daughters.
How does Rebbi Yehudah
(b) According to Rebbi Elazar ha'Muda'i, Hashem blessed Avraham with a
profound knowledge of astronomy.
Did this knowledge affect the world?
(c) Whereas according to Rebbi Shimon, the blessing comprised a special
chain that Avraham wore around his neck.
What purpose did it serve?
(d) What happened to that chain after Avraham's death?
(a) In the opinion of others, Hashem's blessing manifested itself in that
Eisav did not rebel in his lifetime.
What do yet others say?
(b) On the day that Avraham died, Ya'akov prepared a lentil dish, because
lentils, which are completely round, hint at mourning, which rolls from one
person to another.
What is the other reason for using lentils?
(c) What is the practical difference between the two reasons?
(d) Rebbi Yochanan lists five sins that Eisav committed on that day.
had relations with a betrothed girl, he murdered Nimrod and he denied
Which other two sins did he commit?
(a) If, as Rav Chama bar Buzi explains, 'Gevi'ah' is a term describing the
death of Tzadikim, how does he account for the fact that the Torah writes
"ve'Yigva" in connection with ...
Answers to questions
(b) What does Rebbi Yochanan extrapolate from the Pasuk in Chayei-Sarah
"Va'yikberu Oso Eisav ve'Yishmael"?
- ... the Dor ha'Mabul?
- ... Yishmael? Who actually answered this question?
(c) How do we know that the Torah does not give Yitzchak precedence only
because he was wiser than Yishmael?