REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
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SUKA 36-56 (End of Maseches) have been dedicated by the wife and daughters
of the late Dr. Simcha Bekelnitzky (Simcha Gedalya ben Shraga Feibush) of
Queens N.Y. Well known in the community for his Chesed and Tzedakah, he will
long be remembered.
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Zecharyah "ve'Safdah ha'Aretz
Mishpechos Mishpechos"? After which event will this eulogy take place?
(b) What 'Kal va'Chomer' do we learn from there?
(c) Rebbi Dosa and the Rabbanan argue over the identity of the 'person' who
will be eulogized.
What are the two opinions?
(d) What is the problem with the opinion that holds that they will be
eulogizing the Yetzer ha'Ra?
(a) Rebbi Yehudah explains that it is both the Tzadikim and the Resha'im who
Why will ...
(b) How will Hashem react to their weeping?
- ... the Tzadikim weep?
- ... the Resha'im weep?
(c) The Yetzer ha'Ra is at first as easy to break as cob-webs. How difficult
does it become to break him afterwards?
(d) Mashi'ach ben David will eventually ask Hashem to deliver the nations
into his hands.
What will he ask for initially, and what will be Hashem's
(a) The Yetzer ha'Ra has seven names (each one describing either his
character or his tactics): Hashem called him 'evil'.
What did Moshe call
(b) David called him 'Tamei'.
What did his son Shlomoh call him?
(c) What did Shlomoh mean when he advised that feeds him bread and water
when he is hungry?
(d) What will happen if one follows Shlomoh's advice?
(a) Yeshayah referred to the Yetzer ha'Ra as a stumbling-block.
Yechezkel refer to him?
(b) The Navi Yo'el called him 'Tzif'oni'.
What does Tzif'oni mean?
(c) The Tzif'oni (which also can mean a snake) sets his sights on 'the first
Sea' and on 'the last Sea'.
What are the 'first Sea' and the 'last' Sea
(d) Why is the Beis Hamikdash referred to as 'a Sea'?
(a) The Yetzer ha'Ra is more concerned with Jews than with Nochrim.
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he have any preferences among the Jews?
(b) What did Abaye do when he overheard that man suggest to a female co-
traveler that they travel together?
(c) How did their journey end?
(d) How did that old man console Abaye when he became depressed, thinking
that he must be on a lower level than those two travelers?
(a) Based on a Pasuk in Bereishis ("Rak Ra Kol ha'Yom"), Rav Yitzchak learns
that the Yetzer ha'Ra works full-time to get a Jew to sin.
What does Resh
Lakish add to that (based on a Pasuk in Tehilim)?
(b) What chance does a person have against an angel?
(c) What will happen to the Yetzer-ha'Ra in the Beis Hamedrash if he is ...
(d) What does the Yetzer ha'Ra do after enticing a person in this world?
What has the word "Manon" (from the Pasuk "ve'Achariso Yihyeh Manon" -
Mishlei) got to do with 'testimony'?
- ... a stone?
- ... iron?
(a) Initially, the Yetzer ha'Ra just leads a person astray, and only lafter
he has sinned, does he enter him to become an integral part of him (like
with Adam ha'Rishon).
Which three descriptions of the Yetzer ha'Ra
(similarly progressive) did Nasan ha'Navi give David ha'Melech after his sin
(b) What is meant by the little limb that is satisfied when one starves it,
but starved when one satisfies it?
(c) Hashem was 'sorry' for having created the Kasdim and the Yishme'eilim.
Which other two creations was He 'sorry' for having created?
(a) What do the following three Pesukim have in common: "I did evil" (in
creating the Yetzer ha'Ra) - Michah; "Behold he is like clay in the hands of
a potter" - Yirmiyah; "And I shall remove the stone-heart from your flesh" -
(b) Hashem showed Yechezkel four artisans.
Why are Mashi'ach ben David,
Mashi'ach ben Yosef, Eliyahu ha'Navi and Kohen Tzedek referred to as
(c) What did Rav Chana bar Bizna (Bagdesa'a) answer Rav Chisda, when he
asked how these four can possibly fit the description that follows: "These
are the horns that will scatter Yehudah"?
(d) What was Rav Sheshes reaction to Rav Chana's answer?
(a) If, of the seven world leaders, David will be in the middle, and Adam,
Shes and Mesushelach will flank him on his right, which three leaders will
flank him on his left?
(b) Why will Yitzchak not be among them?
(c) Yishai, Shaul, Shmuel, Amos, Tzefanyah and Tzidkiyah (or Chizkiyahu) are
six of the world's greatest kings.
Who are the remaining two?
(a) What was the height of the Menoros that they used for the Simchas Beis
What was a woman able to do by the light of those Menoros?
(b) When they climbed the four ladders that led up to one of the bowls, the
young Kohanim held jars that contained 120 Lugin (720 egg-volumes) of oil.
Does this refer to each Kohen, or to the group of four Kohanim collectively?
(c) These Kohanim displayed more agility than the son of Marsa bas Baytus.
What did he used to carry up the ramp of the Mizbe'ach, and how did he used
to carry them? Why did the other Kohanim stop him from doing that)?
(d) In which way was the feat of the young Kohanim carrying the jars of oil,
greater than that of Marsa bas Baytus' son?
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