REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 12
SUKAH 12 (27 Nisan) - has been dedicated to the memory of ha'Rav Shmuel (ben
Aharon) Grunfeld of Jerusalem/Efrat. Rav Shmuel was a truly great Torah
scholar, whose tragic death left all who knew him with an inconsolable sense
(a) From where does Rebbi Yochanan ultimately learn that the S'chach must
comprise things that are subject to Tum'ah and that grow from the ground?
(b) What reason do we initially give, to explain why the Pasuk cannot refer
to the actual contents of the granary and the wine-press themselves?
(c) Along came Rebbi Yirmiyah however, and threw a spanner in the wheel.
What Kashya did he ask?
(d) How did Rav Ashi derive the specifications of Sukah from the very words
("mi'Gornecha u'mi'Yikvecha") themselves?
(a) Rav Chisda learns them from a Pasuk in Nechemyah, where Nechemyah
instructs the people to ascend the mountains and collect various materials,
all of which comply with the given specifications.
Why did he include
"Eitz Avos" and "Alei Hadas" (which both mean the same thing) in his list?
(b) Can one use vine branches with the grapes still attached?
(a) Bundles of straw, wood or canes are Pasul.
Do they become Kasher if
one unties them?
(b) May one use them for the walls of the Sukah?
(c) Rebbi Ya'akov heard from Rebbi Yochanan the reasons for two Pesulim
mentioned in the Mishnah; one of them was that of our Mishnah. What was the
(d) Rebbi Ya'akov could not recall which of the two possible reasons, (one
d'Oraysa and the other de'Rabbanan) for these prohibitions, applied to which
What are the two reasons?
(a) Rebbi Ya'akov had not however, heard what Rebbi Chiya bar Aba said in
the name of Rebbi Yochanan about the case in our Mishnah.
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What *did* Rebbi
Chiya bar Aba say?
(b) So what must be the reason for invalidating a Sukah that is burrowed out
of a hay-stack?
(c) On what grounds did Rav Ashi query Rebbi Yochanan?
(d) We reply that Rebbi Yochanan derives his distinction from the Lashon of
the Tana in each case.
What does this mean?
Why will 'Gezeiras Otzer' not apply in the case of 'ha'Chotet be'Gadish'?
(a) What are 'male' and 'female' arrows? Of what are they made?
(b) Why are the former Kasher for S'chach, and the latter Pasul?
(c) Why is it necessary to tell us that ...
- ... male arrows are Kasher as S'chach? Is that not obvious?
- ... female arrows are Pasul? Why would we have thought otherwise?
(a) The flax stalks need first to be soaked and then beaten in the pounder.
Which other two processes are necessary for the production of flax threads
before they are cut into threads?
Rav Yehudah permitted herbs by the name of Shushi and Shivtzeri to be used
(b) Rabah bar bar Chanah quoting Rebbi Yochanan, invalidates 'Anitzei
Pishtan' for S'chach, but validates 'Hutznei Pishtan'.
What are ...
(c) Rebbi Yochanan himself is uncertain whether 'Hushnei Pishtan' are valid
as S'chach or not.
- ... 'Anitzei Pishtan'?
- ... 'Hutznei Pishtan'?
What might 'Hushnei Pishtan' be? What is Rabah bar
On what grounds did Abaye disagree in the case of Shivtzeri?
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