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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 Gitin 70
GITIN 70 - dedicated by Sandy and Les Wiesel in memory of Sandy's parents,
Rabbi Jonah and Lena Caplan.
1) EXTERNAL MALADIES
(a) For external fever - one boils (separately) date pits and
special leaves, and sits between them. He pours the water
in 2 troughs; he brings a table, sits on it (on top of 1
basin); he alternates sitting on the 2 basins.
2) SUGGESTED HEALTH PRACTICES
1. After the vapors enter his body, he bathes in the
waters, and drinks from the water of the leaves.
(b) For internal fever - he brings beets that grew in 7
patches, and cooks them with the dirt they grew in. He
eats them and drinks beer with leaves;
i. Water from the dates could cause sterility.
1. Alternatively, he eats grapes of a vine draped over
a date tree, with water.
(c) For a wart - one roasts fat wheat kernels on a new
shovel. He applies the exuding oil to the wart.
1. Rav Simi bar Ashi healed Tzara'as in this way.
(d) (Shmuel): One struck by a poisoned spear will not live;
1. Eating fatty meat roasted on coals and drinking
diluted wine can prolong his life so he can instruct
how to apportion his estate.
(e) (Rav Idi bar Avin): One who swallows a wasp will not
1. Drinking a Revi'is of strong vinegar can prolong his
life so he can instruct how to apportion his estate.
(f) (R. Yehoshua ben Levi): One who eats ox meat with turnips
and sleeps under the moon on the night of the fourteenth
or fifteenth of the month in summer will contract (a
fever of the bones).
1. (Beraisa): One who fills his stomach with anything
will contract Achilu (inflammation of the bones).
(g) (Abaye): All other liquid medicines are taken for 3, 7 or
12 days - the cure for Achilu is taken until he recovers;
i. (Rav Papa): Even eating too many dates causes
ii. Question: Why would I think not?
iii. Answer: One might have thought, since dates
satiate, warm, stop constipation, energize and
do not make one finicky, also they do not cause
Achilu - we hear, this is not so.
1. All other liquids are taken on an empty stomach -
for Achilu, the patient first eats, drinks, and
2. He then kneads lentil flour with old wine and drinks
it. He wraps himself in sheets and sleeps until he
wakes up on his own, and immediately takes off the
(a) (R. Noson citing Eliyahu): One should eat a third of what
his stomach can hold, drink the same amount, and leave a
1. In case he gets angry, his stomach will have room to
(b) (Beraisa - R. Chiya): To avoid intestinal problems, one
should dip his bread in wine or vinegar all year round;
if one enjoys his food, he should beware to cease before
he fills his stomach; one should not delay excreting when
he feels the need.
(c) (Mar Ukva): One who drinks Tilya (bad wine) will become
(d) (Rav Chisda): There are 60 types of wine; the best is
scented red wine, the worst is white Tilya.
(e) (Beraisa): If a man has relations after letting blood,
the children will be weak; if she also just let blood,
the children will contract Ra'asan (a severe affliction
in which a rodent resides in the brain).
1. (Rav Papa): If he ate in between, there is no
(f) (Rabah bar Rav Huna): One who has relations upon
returning from a journey will have weak children.
(g) (Beraisa): One should not have relations after leaving a
Beis ha'Kisei for the time to walk a half Mil, for the
Shed of the Beis ha'Kisei accompanies him for that long.
1. If he did, the children will be epileptic.
(h) (Beraisa): One who has relations while standing will get
cramps; while sitting, or if he lies below her, is
afficted with Delarya (Aruch's text - Alarya (yawning)).
1. (R. Yehoshua ben Levi): The cure for Delarya is
saffron that grows in hedge.
(i) One who lacks strength for relations should drink saffron
boiled in wine.
i. Rav Papa would chew it and swallow it; Rav Papi
would chew it and spit it out.
1. R. Yochanan attributed his return to youth to this
(j) Three things weaken a person: fear, travel and sin.
1. Fear - "My heart is worried, my strength abandoned
(k) A person's body is weakened by eating, drinking or having
relations while standing.
2. Travel -"My strength was afflicted on the way";
3. Sin - "My strength stumbled in my sin".
(l) If one does any of 5 things and immediately stands up, he
is closer to death than life: eating; drinking; letting
blood; sleeping; relations.
(m) These 6 things will cause death: One returns weary from
travel, lets blood, enters the bathhouse, gets drunk,
sleeps on the ground and has relations.
1. (R. Yochanan): This is only if he does them in
(n) Eight things are harmful if overdone, but are good if
done sparingly: travel, relations, wealth, work, wine,
sleep, hot water (for bathing and drinking) and
2. (Abaye): Even out of order, they will weaken him.
i. A case occurred of a weak slave that died after
doing only 3 of them.
(o) Eight things diminish semen: salt, hunger, Tzara'as,
crying, sleeping on the ground, eating coriander, eating
gourds out of season, and letting blood below the belt is
1. Letting blood higher than the belt is doubly good.
3) ONE WHO ORDERED A GET AND FELL SICK
2. (Beraisa): Summer is the season for gourds - then
they are beneficial; in winter, they are harmful; in
spring and fall, they are neutral.
(a) A man appointed agents to write a Get for his wife, then
was seized by Kordaikus, then said that the Get should
not be written - his latter words are void.
(b) Opinion #1 (Reish Lakish): The Get may be given
(c) Opinion #2 (R. Yochanan): The Get may only be written
after he recovers.
1. Reish Lakish learns from the Mishnah - 'his latter
words have no effect'.
(d) Reish Lakish compares a seized man to a sleeping man; R.
Yochanan compares him to an insane man.
2. R. Yochanan says, this only means that he need not
give another command to give the Get when he
recovers, but it cannot be written while he is
1. R. Yochanan does not compare him to a sleeping man,
for he will not recover automatically, but a
sleeping man awakes automatically.
(e) Question: Does R. Yochanan really oppose the following?!
2. Reish Lakish does not compare him to an insane man,
for we have a cure for Kordaikus, but not for
1. (Shmuel): A man's windpipe and foodpipe were cut,
and he gestured to witnesses to write a Get for his
wife - they write and give it;
(f) Answer: In those cases, the man is totally sane, just
weakness has begun; by Kordaikus, his mind is deranged.
2. (Beraisa): A man was found cut up or hanging, and he
gestured to witnesses to write a Get for his wife -
they write and give it.
(g) Question: Shmuel contradicts himself!
1. (Shmuel): A man's windpipe and foodpipe were cut,
and he fled - we may testify that he died,
permitting his wife to remarry.
(h) Here, Shmuel rules that he is alive - how can we allow
his wife to remarry?!
(i) Answer: He is alive, but he will (soon) die.
(j) Question: If so, the one who slaughtered him should be
exiled (if it was unintentional)!
1. Reuven unintentionally slaughtered Shimon's windpipe
and foodpipe - he is not exiled.
(k) Answer (R. Hoshaya): We are concerned that Shimon did not
die from the slaughter alone, rather a wind contributed,
or Shimon precipitated his own death (by moving around).
(l) Question: What difference is there between these reasons?
(m) Answer: If Shimon was in a marble house and moved about,
there is only the latter concern; if he was outside and
did not move, there is only the former concern.
(n) (Mishnah): A man became unable to speak. Others asked him
- should we write a Get for your wife? He nodded his
head. We test him 3 times - if he answers properly no and
yes, we write and give the Get.
(o) Question: We should be concerned, perhaps a sickness is
causing him to nod his head as people nod to indicate
'no', or to indicate 'yes'!
(p) (Rav Yosef bar Minyomi): We test him so he must alternate
answers of 'yes'; and 'no'.
(q) Question: Perhaps a sickness causes him to nod
alternatively in these 2 ways!
(r) Answer #1: We do not ask in the order of a simple
(s) Answer #2 (Tana d'Vei R. Yishmael): We ask him questions
relevant to the season.
1. Question: What are examples of this?
(t) Answer: Rather, we ask if one can now find fruits that
are out of season.
i. Suggestion: We ask if he would like to be
covered with a coat or sheets.
ii. Rejection: (Failing this test is no sign that
his mind is disturbed -) perhaps he was struck
by a chill, or felt hot!