REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafSukah 29
(a) What distinction does Rava make between drinking-vessels such as cups,
and eating ones?
(b) How about earthenware jars and wooden buckets?
(c) When should oil-lamps or Shabbos candles be *inside* the Sukah, and when
should they *not*?
(a) What sort of food needs to spoil to permit moving from the Sukah?
(b) When bits of S'chach began falling on to his food, Rav Yosef ordered his
things to be moved into the house.
On what grounds did Abaye query that?
(c) What was Rav Yosef's reply?
(a) If rain forced someone to move into his house, at which stage is he
obligated to move back into the Sukah, once the rain has stopped - assuming
that he moved into the house to continue ...
(b) What is the difference between 'Ad she'Ya'or' with an 'Ayin', and 'Ad
she'Ya'or' with an 'Aleph'?
- ... *eating*?
- ... *sleeping*?
(c) Our Mishnah speaks about a slave diluting a cup of wine for his master,
adding 'he spilt the jar of water'.
How will we explain the Mishnah, if
'he' refers to the slave?
(d) What does the Mishnah *really* mean?
(a) When the sun is smitten (i.e. when it changes color), then it is a bad
omen for the world.
What parable does the Beraisa give to illustrate this?
(b) If the *luminaries* are smitten, says Rebbi Meir, it is particularly
ominous for the Jewish people.
Why is that? What are the luminaries?
(c) What parable does he give to illustrate this?
(d) What distinction does another Beraisa make between the smiting of the
*sun* and that of the *moon*?
(a) According to the Tana of the second Beraisa, at which stage of the sun's
journey across the sky will it have to be smitten, for the people of ...
(b) What must they fear if the sun turns ...
- ... the east to be afraid?
- ... the west?
- ... the entire world?
(c) What does it mean (according to the Tana Kama) if it is smitten as it
- ... red?
- ... dark?
(d) What do the Yesh Omrim say?
- ... sets?
- ... rises?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Bo "u've'Chol Elohei Mitzrayim E'eseh
Shefatim ... "?
(b) Do Yisrael need to worry when the sun is smitten (according to *this*
(a) In a third Beraisa, the Tana informs us that the sun is smitten for any
one of four reasons: for that to happen ...
Answers to questions
(b) The third reason is the sin of homosexuality.
- ... what would not have been done to an Av Beis-Din who died?
- ... what would have been done to a betrothed girl?
What is the fourth?
(c) The moon and the stars too, are smitten for any one of four reasons:
Because of people who forge documents and because of false witnesses.
are the other two reasons?
(a) There are also four reasons for the fact that the property of wealthy
Jews is confiscated by the government: Because they retain paid documents
(i.e. they fail to destroy them) and because they lend money on interest.
The remaining two are connected with rebuking and with Tzedakah.
***** Hadran Alach, ha'Yashen ******
(b) And there four reasons for the fact that the property of wealthy Jews
declines: Because they failed to pay their workers on time, because they did
not pay them at all or because they 'kindly' placed their own obligations at
the doors of others.
Which is the fourth (and the worst) of the four?
(c) What does the Pasuk in Tehilim write about those who are humble?
***** Perek Lulav ha'Gazul *****
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Re'ei "u'Lekachtem Lachem ba'Yom
(b) Why is a dry Lulav Pasul?
(c) A Lulav that was picked from a tree that was worshipped and one that
came from an Ir ha'Nidachas (a city that had to be destroyed because all its
inhabitants worshipped idols) are Pasul.
Why is the latter, Pasul?
(a) Why is a Lulav whose top is cut off or whose leaves have been pulled
loose and tied to the spine, Pasul?
The Mishnah validates a Lulav that is 'three Tefachim tall sufficient to
(b) A Lulav whose leaves are loose but still attached to the spine is
What does Rebbi Yehudah say?
(c) Tzinei Har ha'Barzel, too, are Kasher.
What are 'Tzinei Har
What exactly does the Mishnah mean?
(a) What is the difference between the Mitzvah of Lulav on the *first* day
of Sukos and on all the other days?
Answers to questions
(b) What is the difference between the Chiyuv Lulav on the first day of
Sukos and the Chiyuv Lulav on the other days?
(c) Why does the Gemara take for granted that the Pesul of Yavesh should
apply even on the other days of Sukos, but not that of Gazul?
(d) What reason does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon, give for the Pesul
of a stolen Lulav on the other days of Sukos?