REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Nedarim 50
(a) Considering that Rebbi Akiva married the daughter of Kalba Savu'a, one
of the wealthiest men in Yerushalayim, how is it possible that, although
they married in the winter, the young couple did not even have beds to sleep
on, only straw?
(b) What did Rebbi Akiva promise his wife should he ever become rich?
(c) Was this promise ever fulfilled?
(d) How did Rebbi Akiva console his wife in those early days?
(a) When his wife sent him to Yeshivah, he went for twelve years.
(b) When he returned at the end of the twelve-years, what made him go
straight back for another twelve years? What did he overhear his wife
(c) What had that Rasha said to her to elicit her reply?
(d) How many disciples accompanied him on his return journey at the end of
the twenty-four years?
(a) Everyone came out to greet the then famous Gaon upon his return journey.
On what grounds did that Rasha try to stop Rebbi Akiva's wife from joining
(b) What did Rachel mean when she quoted him the Pasuk in Mishlei "Yodei'a
Tzadik Nefesh Behemto"?
(c) What did Rebbi Akiva say when his disciples tried to deter the
bedraggled woman from approaching him?
(a) On what grounds did Kalba Savu'a finally leave them a lot of money, in
spite of his Neder?
(b) Why was this not a question of 'Nolad' (unforeseen circumstances, which,
as we have already learned, cannot serve as a Pesach to nullify a Neder)?
(a) There were five other sources that contributed to Rebbi Akiva's ultimate
wealth. One of them, was a 'ram' or 'sheep' (part of a ship, in which the
sailors would place their money, and) which Rebbi Akiva once found by the
The third source also came from the sea-shore. What was it?
(b) What was the nationality of the sunken ship from which the chest came?
(a) The fourth source of Rebbi Akiva's wealth was a Roman matron, who once
lent him money.
Whom did she appoint as guarantors?
(b) The appointed time of payment arrived, and Rebbi was sick and unable to
pay his debt.
What happened next?
(c) How did that further enrich Rebbi Akiva?
(a) The fifth source was the wife of Turnusrufus.
Answers to questions
What was the purpose of
her visit to Rebbi Akiva?
(b) When Rebbi Akiva saw her, why did he ...
- ... spit?
- ... cry?
- ... laugh?
Which of these three did he not divulge to her?
(c) How did she react to her meeting with Rebbi Akiva? How does the story
(d) The sixth source of Rebbi Akiva's wealth was 'Keti'a bar Shalom'.
(a) Rav Gamda also gave some sailors four Dinrim to bring him something.
What did they bring him?
(b) How did that monkey cause him to become rich?
(c) Were the sailors obligated to give him the money?
(a) What was Rebbi Yehoshua's response to the emperor's daughter, when she
expressed amazement at the fact that so much Torah could be contained in so
ugly a vessel?
(b) What did he subsequently explain to her when the wine turned sour?
(c) How did he reconcile this with the fact that there are
Talmidei-Chachamim who are good-looking?
(d) What caused that woman who came before Rav Yehudah to burst and die?
(a) The Tana of our Mishnah states that, someone who made a Neder not to eat
a Tavshil, is permitted to eat a Beitzah Turmitah.
What is a Beitzah
(b) What is the value of a slave who is able to prepare one?
(c) The Beitzah Turmitah has the power of removing internal sores.
other effect does it have?
(d) Shmuel did not know how to use the Beitzah Turmitah. So instead, he used
to apply a Kulcha (see Rashi).
What effect did Kulcha have on his family?
(a) What do K'lufsin and B'nos Sheva have in common?
(b) What does the Mishnah say in Ma'asros about an employee who is working
among K'lufsin trees or among B'nos Shu'ach?
(a) One man gave (or hired) his slave to another man to prepare a thousand
kinds of Lapadi.
What is Lapadi?
(b) What happened in the end?
(c) Based on the Pasuk in Eichah "Nashinu Tovah", what did Rebbi comment
when they came before him for a Din Torah, because the slave was unable to
perform the task that had been expected of him?
(a) Rebbi made a huge wedding for his son Rebbi Shimon.
Answers to questions
Why did he not
invite bar Kapara?
(b) Why did Rebbi not want to laugh?
(c) What did bar Kapara mean when he declared 'If that is what happens to
those who transgress Hashem's will, then imagine what is in store for those
who perform it'!
(d) What did he say when Rebbi subsequently invited him?