REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Yevamos 15
(a) What will the child of a Tzaras ha'Bas be according to ...
(b) From where do we know that, in the former case, the baby is Pasul
li'Kehunah, seeing as he is Kasher le'Kahal?
- ... Beis Hillel, if we do like Beis Shamai?
- ... Beis Shamai, if we do like Beis Hillel?
(c) Rebbi Yochanan ben Nuri tried to get round this by instituting that a
Tzaras Ervah must make Chalitzah.
Did he succeed in doing so?
(d) On what grounds did Raban Shimon ben Gamliel object to Raban Yochanan
ben Nuri's Takanah?
(a) What do we try to prove from Raban Shimon ben Gamliel's objection?
(b) How does Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak refute the proof? What does he mean
when he says 'Lo Nitzrechah Ela le'Tzarah Atzmah'?
(c) What was the problem? Why could they not obligate the Tzaros of Beis
Hillel to make Chalitzah there and then?
(d) So what if the Tzaros would become despicable in the eyes of their
(a) Rebbi Tarfon said in a Beraisa that he had a strong desire to marry a
Why did he say that? Is that not the opinion of Beis
(b) How do we repudiate the proof from here that Beis Shamai practiced what
they taught? How do we interpret 've'Esa'enah'?
(c) Then why did Rebbi Tarfon say that he had a desire to do that, seeing as
everyone (even Beis Shamai) did that anyway (if we say 'Lo Asu')?
(a) Raban Gamliel's daughter was married to Aba his brother. When Aba died,
Raban Gamliel performed Yibum with her Tzarah.
Why can we not possibly
bring a proof from here that Beis Shamai practiced what they taught?
(b) Then on what grounds did Raban Gamliel perform Yibum with his daughter's
(c) But Acheirim in the Seifa says that she was an Aylonis, implying that
the Tana Kama does not think so. Initially, we establish the Machlokes by
'Hikir Bah ve'Lo Hikir Bah'.
What will the Machlokes then be?
(d) The Gemara offers another two interpretations to the Machlokes. What
does it mean by ...
1. ... 'Kanas ve'li'b'Sof Gireish Ika Beinayhu'? If Acheirim permitted the
Tzarah to *Raban Gamliel*, because she was an Aylanis, on what grounds did
the *Tana Kama* permit her?
2. ... 'Yesh T'nai be'Bi'ah Ika Beinayhu'? If Acheirim permitted the Tzarah
to Raban Gamliel, because she was an Aylanis, on what grounds did the Tana
Kama permit her? Why does Acheirim disagree with that?
(a) The Beraisa relates how Rebbi Akiva picked an Esrog on the first of
Sh'vat and separated two Ma'asros.
Which two Ma'asros?
(b) What is the significance of the two Ma'asros?
(c) On what grounds do we reject the proof from here that Beis Shamai
*practiced* what they taught? If they did *not*, then why did Rebbi Akiva
contend with their opinion?
(a) What did Shamai do on Sukos when his daughter-in-law gave birth to a
(b) Why is there no proof from here that Beis Shamai always practiced what
(a) What Shiur must a hole be to connect a Mikvah containing twenty Sa'ah to
a complete Mikvah?
Answers to questions
(b) What did Beis Shamai do to Shokes Yeihu? What was Shokes Yeihu?
(c) Why is there no proof from here either that Beis Shamai always practiced
what they taught?
(a) When Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Tzadok brought Rebbi Yochanan ha'Chorni olives
in a year of drought, what prompted him to say that he did not eat olives?
Why did he decline to accept them?
Considering that Rebbi Yochanan ha'Chorni was a disciple of Shamai, how do
we resolve our She'eilah (whether Beis Shamai practiced their opinion or
(b) What did Rebbi Tzadok instruct his son to tell Rebbi Yochanan ha'Chorni,
to put his mind at ease?
(c) Beis Shamai do not require a hole to be drilled in a barrel which
contains olives that have been slightly pressed.
What is the reason of
Beis Hillel, who disagree?
(d) In which case do Beis Hillel concede that the juice is not Machshir, in
spite of the fact that it cannot escape from the barrel?
(a) On what grounds was Rebbi Yehoshua reluctant to issue a ruling
concerning Tzaras ha'Bas?
(b) What testimonial did he nevertheless give regarding two families in
(c) How do we prove from here that Beis Shamai did indeed practice their
(d) Considering that Rebbi Yehoshua's opinion is that 'Ein Mamzer Ela
mei'Chayvei Misos Beis-Din, why was he afraid to rule like Beis Hillel,
since Yevamah la'Shuk is no more than a Chayvei La'avin, and the children
will not be Mamzeirim anyway, according to Beis Shamai?
(a) They initially asked Rebbi Yehoshua about Tzaros ha'Bas.
Answers to questions
Why did he
reply about their children?
(b) What is the point of the second She'eilah, seeing as the Halachah is not
like Beis Shamai anyway?
(c) Why might the ruling by a child of a Machzir Gerushaso be different than
that of an Almanah le'Kohen Gadol in this regard?
(d) So how did Rebbi Yehoshua finally rule regarding both She'eilos by