REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
KIDUSHIN 2-4 - sponsored by a generous grant from an anonymous donor. Kollel Iyun Hadaf is indebted to him for his encouragement and support and prays that Hashem will repay him in kind.
Please note that unless otherwise indicated, we follow the explanation of
Rashi. Consequently, our notes and comments do not necessarily have a
bearing on the practical Halachah.
(a) In which three ways can a woman be acquired (i.e. by means of Kidushin)
as a 'wife'?
(b) And in which two ways can she acquire herself?
(c) What are the connotations of acquiring herself?
(d) Is giving the woman the money, the Sh'tar or performing Bi'ah all that
is needed to effect the transaction?
(a) According to Beis Shamai, 'Kesef' means at least one Dinar.
Beis Hillel say?
(b) What is the difference between a Dinar and a P'rutah? How many P'rutos
are there in a Dinar?
(c) In what way is a P'rutah different than most other coins?
(d) How many P'rutos are there in an Italian Isar?
(a) A Yevamah is acquired with Bi'ah only.
What are the ramifications of
(b) What is 'Ma'amar'?
(c) If the money of Ma'amar does not acquire a Yevamah, what is the
significance of 'Ma'amar'?
(d) In how many ways can she acquire herself?
(a) What is the significance of "Kichah" "Kichah" from S'dei Efron?
Answers to questions
(b) How does this help us to explain why the Tana of our Mishnah uses the
terminology 'ha'Ishah *Nikneis*, whereas in the second Perek, he says
(c) What do we learn from the Pasuk ...
- ... in Vayechi "ha'Sadeh Asher Kanah Avraham"?
- ... in Yirmiyah "Sados ba'Kesef Yiknu"?
(a) Why does the Tana not say in the second Perek 'ha'Ish *Mekadesh*' (like
he says here 'ha'Ishah *Nikneis*')?
(b) He deliberately avoids saying 'ha'Ish Koneh' in the Reisha, and
'u'Makneh' in the Seifa, because of the case of the death of her husband,
which is hardly due to any action on the part of her husband.
reason do we give for avoiding this Lashon, that even pertains to Get as
(c) Why do the Rabbanan refer to Eirusin as 'Kidushin'?
(d) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Yisro "ve'Hoda'ata Lahem es ha'Derech
Yeilchu Bah"? Why is this Pasuk quoted here?
(a) What does the Tana in Zavin mean when he says 'be'Shiv'ah Derachim
Bodkin es ha'Zav'? Why does a Zav require examination?
(b) Four of the seven ways of bringing on the discharge are eating or
drinking too much, illness or carrying a heavy load.
What are the other
(c) Why do we quote the Pasuk in Ki Savo "be'Derech Echad Yeitz'u Eilecha
u've'Shiv'ah Derachim Yanusu Lefanecha" in connection with the Zav?
(d) What dual problem are we now faced with?
(a) Why in effect, does ...
(b) Why indeed does the Tana in Zavin confine the Mishnah to a Zav? Why does
he not incorporate a Zavah in the Halachah?
- ... the Pasuk in Yisro treat 'Derech' as a feminine noun, and the Pasuk in Ki Savo as a masculine one? What do we prove from the Pasuk in Tehilim "Toras Hashem Temimah ... "?
- ... our Mishnah treat 'Derech' as a feminine noun, and the Mishnah in Zavin as a masculine one?
(a) We concluded that our Tana uses the feminine 'Shalosh' because of
'Derachim' has feminine connotations.
Answers to questions
Why does he not use the noun
'Devarim', which is exclusively masculine, and write 'bi'Sheloshah Devarim'?
(b) How do we then account for the fact that Kesef and Sh'tar ...
(c) Alternatively, we establish our Mishnah like Rebbi Shimon. How does
Rebbi Shimon explain the Torah's use of the phrase "Ki Yikach Ish Ishah"
rather than "Ki Silakach Ishah le'Ish"? How does this explain the Tana's use
of 'Derachim' as opposed to 'Devarim'?
- ... are also listed together with Bi'ah?
- ... are the majority of cases, and it is not the way of the Tana to adjust the Lashon, based on the minority case?
(d) Why does the Tana in Zavin use the Lashon 'be'Shiv'ah Derachim' rather
than 'be'Shiv'ah Devarim'?