POINT BY POINT SUMMARY
Prepared by Rabbi P. Feldman
of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
Ask A Question on the daf
Previous daf Gitin 68
GITIN 68 & 69 - Sponsored by Rabbi Dr. Eli Turkel and his wife, Jeri Turkel.
May Hashem bless them with many years of Simcha, health and fulfillment, and
may they see all of their children and grandchildren follow them in the ways
of Torah and Yir'as Shamayim!
1) THE UNSCRUPULOUS SERVANTS
(a) The servants made a lame excuse to check his garment, and
found his portion wrapped inside. They complained to the
Reish Galusa that Rav Sheshes did not even eat, he only
wanted to make trouble!
2) FINDING THE SHAMIR
1. Rav Sheshes excused himself by saying that the meat
came from a stricken animal; this claim was
(b) The servants dug a pit, covered it, and tried getting Rav
Sheshes to fall in. Rav Chisda hinted to him of the
danger, and he averted it.
(a) (Chachamim of Bavel): "I (Shlomo) made for myself
...Shedim v'Shedos" - these are male and female Shedim
1. (Chachamim of Eretz Yisrael): These are wagon
(b) Question: According to Chachamim of Bavel - why did he
need the Shedim?
(c) Answer: "The Beis ha'Mikdash was built from complete
rocks as they were quarried..."
1. Shlomo asked Chachamim: How can I cut the rocks
(d) Chachamim suggested that Shedim might know where to find
the Shamir; Shlomo pressed 2 Shedim together. They did
not know; they thought that Ashmedai, king of the Shedim,
2. Chachamim: Using the Shamir (a special worm) that
Moshe used to engrave the stones of the Efod.
1. They told Shlomo where Ashmedai resides, and his
daily schedule. Shlomo sent Benayahu ben Yehoyada
with a chain and ring with Hash-m's name carved on
(e) Benayahu replaced Ashmedai's water with wine. Ashmedai,
realizing that wine is not conducive to wisdom, was
reluctant to drink it; when his thirst grew too strong,
he drank the wine and fell asleep. Benayahu put the chain
on him; Ashmedai could not free himself.
(f) As Benayahu took Ashmedai to Shlomo, Ashmedai exhibited
puzzling behavior. Shlomo asked Ashmedai for the Shamir;
Ashmedai replied that it is entrusted to the Angel
appointed over the sea, who only entrusts it to a wild
1. The wild chicken uses the Shamir to cleave
mountains, enabling vegetation to grow in the
(g) Shlomo's men found the nest of a wild chicken with
fledglings inside; they covered it with glass. The father
returned and was unable to enter the nest; it brought the
Shamir to cleave the glass. Shlomo' men shouted, and the
bird dropped the Shamir, which they took.
3) ASHMEDAI'S BEHAVIOR
(a) Ashmedai explained the way he acted when being taken to
4) CURES FOR HEADACHES
1. When he saw a blind man, he set him on his path
because he heard a Heavenly proclamation that the
man was a Tzadik, and whoever helps him would merit
(a share in) the world to come.
(b) Question (Shlomo): "k'Toafos" - these are angels; "R'eim"
- these are demons - what is so special about demons?
2. He also set a drunkard on his path - the drunkard
was wicked, and this would help the drunkard receive
his reward in this world, depriving him of the world
3. Ashmedai cried when he saw a wedding - for he
foresaw that within 30 days the Chasan would die,
and the Kalah would be an Aguna for 13 years until
the Yavam could do Yibum or Chalitzah.
4. He laughed when he heard a man request shoes that
will last for 7 years, for he foresaw that the man
would not live 7 days.
5. He laughed at a magician engaged in his trade, for
the magician did not know that he was above the
1. Ashmedai: If you will remove the chain from me and
give me the ring (with Hash-m's name) I can show
(c) Rav and Shmuel argued whether Shlomo ever resumed being
king (as at first).
2. Shlomo consented. Ashmedai put 1 wing in Heaven and
1 on the ground; he threw Shlomo 400 Parsah. Shlomo
was left with only his staff (some say, his cloak).
He went begging from door to door, saying who he
3. (Ashmedai had assumed the appearance of Shlomo, and
was acting as king). When Shlomo came before the
Sanhedrin, they observed that he never veered from
his claim to be Shlomo - unlike a lunatic, who does
not stick to 1 idea.
4. The Sanhedrin investigated. They found that the
acting king was having relations in socks - which
would cover up the telltale feet of a demon;
further, he was requesting to have relations with
his wives when they were Nidah, and with his mother
5. They gave Shlomo a ring and chain with Hash-m's
name; he came to Ashmedai, who fled in fear.
i. Still, Shlomo forever remained afraid of
(a) For a headache due to excess blood - one cooks together
certain woods, and pours 300 cups of the soup on each
side of the head, or 60 cups (on each side) in which a
white rose was cooked.
(b) For an aching half-head, one uses a silver coin to
slaughter a wild chicken over the aching half, being
careful that the blood not blind his eyes;
1. The dead fowl is placed on the doorpost, so he will
rub against it as he enters and leaves.