REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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(a) We learned in our Mishnah that in Yehudah during the pressing season,
the Amei ha'Aretz were believed that their Hekdesh wine and oil was Tahor.
Why specifically in Yehudah, and not the rest of Eretz Yisrael?
(b) Why can one not transport the wine or the oil in a box?
(c) So let him transport it in a sealed earthenware barrel?
(d) What would Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Yehudah say?
(a) If Hekdesh is not saved from Tum'ah in a sealed earthenware barrel, then
why does the Mishnah in Parah say 'Ein *(Mei) Chatas* Nitzeles be'Tzamid
Pasil' (if not to imply that Kodesh *is*)?
(b) If, as we have just learned, there is a strip of Eretz ha'Amim dividing
between Yehudah and the Galil, how could Ula say that the Chaveirim would
prepare Nesachim be'Taharah, in case the Beis Hamikdash was rebuilt in their
days, seeing as they could not bring them anyway (see Rabeinu Chananel and
Rashi in Nidah 6b. DH 'Chavraya')?
(a) What instructions does the Tana in Taharos give to an Am ha'Aretz who
has finished picking his olives and wants to give Terumah?
(b) But did we not just learn that he is believed anyway during the pressing
(c) What did Rav Nachman tell Rav Ada bar Ahavah when he asked for an
example of this?
(a) In an attempt to answer the previous Kashya, Rav Yosef established the
Mishnah in Taharos (which does not believe the Am ha'Aretz - even during the
pressing season) in the Galil, whilst our Mishnah is confined to Yehudah.
Abaye proves him wrong from a Beraisa.
Answers to questions
What does the Beraisa say about
Eiver ha'Yardein and the Galil?
(b) When is the Am ha'Aretz not believed even during the wine-pressing or
the olive-pressing season?
(a) If two brothers, a Chaver and an Am ha'Aretz, both inherit their father,
the Chaver is permitted to make an agreement that his brother receives the
wheat and the wine which are *not* Huchshar le'Kabeil Tum'ah, whilst he
receives the wheat and the wine that *are*.
Why is this permitted?
(b) Why, on the other hand, may he not enter into an agreement whereby his
brother takes one kind that is *not* Huchshar le'Kabeil Tum'ah, whilst he
receives the kind that *is*?
(c) In the latter case, assuming that they are Kohanim, what must the Chaver
do with ...
- ... any oil (the liquid referred to by the Mishnah) that he received in his inheritance?
- ... food?
(a) Why can he not leave the liquid for the next pressing-season, when it
will become permitted? How do we amend the interpretation of 'liquid'
mentioned in the Mishnah in D'mai, to refute Rav Sheishes' proof that
someone who transgressed and accepted wine or oil after the termination of
the pressing-season is forbidden to leave it until next year's
(b) How will we now interpret 'Soref ha'Lach'?
(c) Then why can he not leave it for the following Yom-Tov, when Tum'as Am
ha'Aretz will not apply?
(a) Beis Hillel and Beis Shamai (in a Mishnah in Ohalos) agree that one
examines a Beis ha'P'ras (a field in which a grave was dug up) for those who
are going to bring their Korban Pesach, but not for Kohanim who are going to
Why did Chazal say 'mi'de'Meheiman a'Kodesh, Meheiman a'Terumah'?
Why is that?
(b) According to Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel 'examines' means that one blows one
way through the field.
Why are we not concerned that he may walk over the
(c) How does Rebbi Chiya bar Aba in the Name of Ula explain the word
(d) According to Rabah bar Ula, even a Kohen who examined the field on his
way to bring his Korban Pesach cannot rely on that to eat Terumah.
on our Mishnah, that old man told Rabah bar Ula not to argue with Ula.
What proof did he bring from our Mishnah to prove Ula right?
(a) The Beraisa says 'Ein Ne'emanim Lo al ha'Kankanim ve'Lo al ha'Terumah'.
What problem do we have with establishing the first half of this statement?
(b) In fact, we conclude, there are two possible ways of establishing the
Beraisa, either by barrels of Hekdesh or by barrels of Terumah.
(c) What does it mean, not to be believed? What are the ramifications of
this by barrels of ...
- ... Hekdesh?
- ... Terumah?
(a) In light of what we just learned (that the Am ha'Aretz is not believed
on his barrels), how will we explain our Mishnah, which says 'Kadei Yayin
ve'Kadei Shemen he'Meduma'os Ne'emanim Aleihen ... '? What does
We learned in our Mishnah that the Am ha'Aretz is believed on the barrels of
wine (in the previous case) already seventy days before the pressing season.
What obligation does this place on the tenant-farmer?
(b) Since when is there such a thing as Dimu'a by Hekdesh?
(c) Why did Chazal believe the Am ha'Aretz in this case more than in the
case of barrels of Terumah?
(a) How far is Modi'in from Yerushalayim?
Answers to questions
(b) Why were Chazal lenient with regard to believing the potters on their
small vessels in the Yerushalayim area?
(c) What is the Din in this regard if the potter is ...
(d) What does our Mishnah mean when it says regarding the former case 'Hu
ha'Kadar, ve'Hein ha'Kedeiros ve'Hein ha'Lekuchin Ne'emanim'?
- ... from Modi'in and within?
- ... from Modi'in and without?