REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 41
BAVA BASRA 41 & 42 - these Dafim have been dedicated anonymously l'Iluy
Nishmas Tzirel Nechamah bas Tuvya Yehudah.
(a) We learn in our Mishnah that a 'Chazakah she'Ein Imah Ta'anah' is not a
Chazakah. What is a 'Chazakah she'Ein Imah Ta'anah'?
(b) Is this ruling confined to a three-year Chazakah?
(c) What does a plausible Ta'anah achieve?
(d) 've'ha'Ba Mishum Yerushah Eino Tzarich Ta'anah'.
Does this mean that
he is completely believed when he claims that the land had previously
belonged to his father?
(a) Why does the Tana find it necessary to rule that a Chazakah without a
Ta'anah is not a Chazakah? Is this not obvious?
(b) Is the Machzik believed if he himself interprets his Ta'anah in this
(a) What did Rav Anan do when a flood swept away the wall that divided
between his field and his neighbor's?
Answers to questions
(b) What did he reply when Rav Nachman obligated him to move his wall back
to its original location?
(c) On what grounds did Rav Nachman reject this reply, even though it was
based on the opinions of Rebbi Yehudah and Rebbi Yishmael in the previous
(d) And what did Rav Nachman finally reply when Rav Anan claimed that his ne
ighbor had been Mochel?
(a) When a torrent swept away Rav Kahana's dividing wall, he too, rebuilt it
inside his neighbor's field (though unlike the previous case, Rav Kahana
What did Rav Yehudah rule when one witness testified that he
had encroached two rows of his neighbor's field, and a second witness said
it was three?
(b) Rav Kahana queried this ruling on the grounds that it conformed with
Rebbi Shimon ben Elazar's interpretation of the Machlokes between Beis
Shamai and Beis Hillel.
What do Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel holds, in his
opinion, in a case where ...
(c) What was the basis Rav Kahana's objection? What do Beis Hillel hold in
the opinion of Rav Kahana?
- ... one pair of witnesses testify that Reuven owes Shimon one Manah, whereas a second pair say that he owes him two?
- ... one witness testifies that Reuven owes Shimon one Manah, whereas a second witness says that he owes him two?
(d) What did Rav Yehudah reply?
(a) How did Reuven substantiate his Chazakah on an attic in Kashta when
Shimon asked him what he was doing there? What was his Ta'anah?
(b) What did Rebbi Chiya rule?
(c) What principle absolved Reuven from having to prove that Levi had
purchased the land?
(d) What objection did Rav raise to Rebbi Chiya's ruling? Why ought he to
have been absolved even from proving that Levi had lived there for one day?
(a) Why did Rav refer to Rebbi Chiya as 'Chavivi'?
(b) Why would Rebbi Chiya have believed Reuven even if he had claimed that
Levi had purchased the land from Shimon in his presence?
(c) Would he also be believed if he claimed that Levi told him that he had
purchased it from Shimon?
(d) How does Rava prove Rebbi Chiya right from our Mishnah 'ha'Ba Mishum
Yerushah Eino Tzarich Ta'anah'? What did he extrapolate from there?
(a) On what grounds do we refute Rava's proof?
(b) Even assuming Rava's inference to be correct, why does this not
necessarily reflect the ruling by a purchaser? Why might a purchaser be
different in this regard than a Yoresh?
(c) We ask what the Din will be if Levi (the seller) was seen in Shimon's
What exactly is the She'eilah? What was he doing there?
(d) According to Abaye, that is sufficient proof to establish Reuven's
What does Rava say?
(a) We discuss a case where Shimon, Levi and Yehudah (one year each) make a
combined Chazakah on Reuven's field.
What is the problem? How might Reuven
justify not making a Mecha'ah?
(b) We rule that in spite of Reuven's claim, the Chazakah is indeed valid.
How does Rav qualify this ruling? To whom is he referring when he requires
the sale to be documented?
(c) What is then his reason? Why would the Chazakah not be valid if they had
purchased the field without a Sh'tar?
(a) What does Rav say about someone who sells his property with witnesses
(accepting responsibility [but without a Sh'tar])?
Answers to questions
(b) How do we reconcile Rav's two conflicting rulings? Is there a Kol with
witnesses alone or is there not?