prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) How does Rebbi Yochanan Amar Rebbi Yossi ben Zimra learn from the Pasuk in Yeshayah "va'Havi'osim el Har Kodshi, ve'Simachtim be'Veis Tefilasi" that Hash-m also Davens?
(b) According to Rav Zutra bar Tuvya Amar Rav, the text of His Tefilah is 'May it be My will that My mercy quashes My anger and that My mercy 'overrides My Midos (ha'Din)'. How does the text conclude?
(c) Rebbi Yishmael ben Elisha describes how he once entered the Kodesh Kodshim to burn the Ketores. Who was Rebbi Yishmael ben Elisha?
(d) When did this incident take place?
(a) Whom did he see there sitting on a high elevated throne?
(b) What did Akasriel Kah Hash-m Tzevakos say to Him?
(c) What did he reply?
(d) What was Akasriel Kah Hash-m Tzevakos' reaction?
(e) Which principle do we learn from this episode?
(a) Who said to whom the Pasuk in Ki Sissa "Panai Yeileichu va'Hanichosi lach"?
(b) What does it mean?
(c) What does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Yossi learn from there?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Tehilim "ve'Keil Zo'em be'Chol Yom"?
(b) What is the significance ...
1. ... based on the Pasuk in Tehilim "Ki Rega be'Apo ... ", of the number 'eight thousand, eight hundred and eighty-eight?
2. ... of the Pasuk in Balak "Yode'a Da'as Elyon!"?
(c) Why can the latter Pasuk not be understood literally?
(d) What was the Navi Michah referring to when, with regard to the current context, he exhorted K'lal Yisrael to remember the kindness of Hash-m?
(a) We already discussed the Pasuk in Tehilim Ki Rega be'Apo ... ". What did Ravin (or Rebbi Avina) comment with regard to the Shi'ur of Hash-m's anger as 'Rega'?
(b) What do others learn from the Pasuk in Yehsayah "Chavi Kim'at Rega ad Ya'avor Za'am"?
(c) What problem do we have with Abaye, who confines that moment to a point during the first three hours of the day when chickens stand on one foot and their combs turn white?
(d) How do we solve the problem?
(e) What reason does Rebbi Meir cite as the source of Hash-m's anger?
(a) What did Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi try to do to counter a certain Tzedoki who consistently tried to catch him out by quoting Pesukim?
(c) What cause his plan to fall through?
(d) What did he learn from that episode, based on the Pasuk in 'Ashrei' "ve'Rachamav al Kol Ma'asav"?
(e) Which other Pasuk from Mishlei did he quote to back up his conclusion?
(a) Rebbi Yochanan, again quoting Rebbi Yossi ben Zimra, citing a Pasuk in Hoshe'a, states that one Mardus in a person's heart is better than many Malkiyos (lashes). What is a 'Mardus'?
(b) How does the Pasuk in Hoshe'a which informs us how Yisrael decided to leave their many 'lovers' and return to their first love (Hash-m) end?
(c) What does Resh Lakish say about that, based on the Pasuk in Mishlei "Tachas Ge'arah be'Meivin me'Hakos K'sil Me'ah"?
(a) According to Rebbi Yochanan, once again quoting Rebbi Yossi ben Zimra, what common response did Hash-m give with regard to the three things that Moshe requested from Him?
(b) What did He answer when, following the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe asked that Hash-m Himself continues to accompany Yisrael (and not an angel)?
(c) Moshe's second and third requests were "Veniflinu Ani ve'Amcha!" and "Hodi'eni Na es Derachecha!" What was he actually asking for when he said ...
1. ... "Veniflinu Ani ve'Amcha!"?
2. ... "Hodi'eni Na es Derachecha!"?
(a) Initially, Rebbi Yochanan explains 'Tzadik ve'Tov lo' as Tzadik ben Tzadik and 'Tzadik ve'Ra lo' as Tzadik ben Rasha. How does he explain Rasha ve'Tov lo' and 'Rasha ve'Ra lo'? Rasha ve'Tov lo - Rasha ben Tzadik; Rasha ve'Ra lo - Rasha ben Rasha'.
(b) We query this however, from a seeming contradiction between the Pasuk in Ki Sissa "Pokeid Avon Avos al Banim" and the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei "u'Banim Lo Yumsu al Avosam". How do we reconcile the two Pesukim?
(c) How does this disprove Rebbi Yochanan's initial statement?
(d) He finally explains 'Tzadik ve'Tov lo' as a complete Tzadik, and 'Tzadik ve'Ra lo' as an incomplete Tzadik. How does he then explain 'Rasha ...
1. ... ve'Tov lo'?
2. ... ve'Ra lo'?
(a) Rebbi Yochanan's explanation, however, does not tally with that of Rebbi Meir, who says that one of Moshe's requests was not granted. Which of the three requests was that?
(b) How does he learn it from the Pasuk in Ki Sissa "Vechanosi es asher Achon Verichamti es asher Arachem"?
(c) According to Rebbi Yehoshua ben Korchah, who concurs with Rebbi Meir, what did Hash-m say to Moshe, even as He refused him his request?
(d) With which point of Rebbi Yehoshua ben Korchah does Rebbi Shmuel bar Nachmeni Amar Rebbi Yonasan disagree?
(a) According to Rebbi Shmuel bar Nachmeni, what reward did Moshe receive for ...
1. ... hiding his face (at the burning bush)?
2. ... for being afraid to look at the Shechinah?
3. ... for not looking?
(b) According to Rav Chana bar Bizna Amar Rebbi Shimon Chasida, what did Moshe actually see, when Hash-m removed His Hand from the cleft of the rock behind which Moshe was concealed (when Hash-m announced the thirteen Midos of Rachamim?
(a) Once again, Rebbi Yochanan quotes Rebbi Yossi ben Zimra. What does he say about every good thing that he said He will do?
(b) He learns this from Hash-m's promise to Moshe. What did He say He would do to Yisrael/Moshe after the sin of the Eigel ha'Zahav?
(c) On what grounds did He relent from what He said He would do to K'lal Yisrael?
(d) What does the Pasuk in Divrei ha'Yamim say about Moshe's descendents?
(e) What does the Beraisa cited by Rav Yosef learn from a Gezeirah-Shavah 'Reviyah' 'Reviyah' from the Pasuk in Sh'mos "u'Venei Yisrael Paru ... Vayirbu ... "?
(a) What does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai comment on the Pasuk in Lech-l'cha "Adon-ai Elokim, ba'Mah Eida Ki Irashenah"?
(b) How does Rav connect this Pasuk with the Tefilah of Daniel more than a thousand years later (who concluded his prayer on behalf of the desolate Beis-ha'Mikdash with the words "Lema'an Adon-ai"?
(c) What does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai learn from the Pasuk in Ki Sissa "Panai (My anger) Yeileichu va'Ha'nichosi lach"?
(d) On what occasion did Le'ah declare "ha'Pa'am Odeh es Hash-m!"? Why did she do that?
(e) What does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai comment on that?
(a) Rebbi Elazar explains why Leah named her firstborn son 'Reuven'. She began by drawing a distinction between her son and the son of her father-in-law. What was the name of her father-in-law's son?
(b) What did she have in mind when she called him 'Reuven'?
(c) How did she prove that Reuven was not hostile towards Yosef?
(d) How does Rebbi Yochanan explain the name 'Rus'?
(e) How does Rebbi Elazar prove from the Pasuk in Tehilim "L'chu Chazu Mif'alos Hash-m asher Sam Shamos ba'Aretz" that the name of a person has an affect on his character?
(a) What does Rebbi Yoshanan in the name of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai say about a rebel in one's own household?
(b) How does he learn it from the two Pesukim in Tehilim "Mizmor le'David be'Vorcho Mipnei Avshalom B'no" and "Lamah Ragshu Goyim u'Le'umim Yehegu Rik"(in connection with the battle against Gog and Magog)? What does the former Pasuk add that the latter does not?
(c) What is strange about the first of the two Pesukim that we just discussed?
(d) What Mashal does Rebbi Shimon ben Avishalom give to explain it?
(e) Why in fact was David ha'Melech relieved after the decree came to fruition?
(a) What does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai learn from the Pasuk in Mishlei "Ozvei Torah Yehalalu Rasha, ve'Shomrei Torah Yisgaru bam"?
(b) What does Rebbi Dustai bar Masun in a Beraisa say about that?
(c) How do we reconcile this with the Pasuk in Tehilim "Al Tischar ba'Merei'im, ve'Al Tekan'eh be'Osei Avlah"? What does the latter Pasuk really mean?
(c) And we support this with another Pasuk in Mishlei, which begins "Al Yekanei Libcha ba'Chata'im". How does the Pasuk end?
(d) Of whom should one be jealous?
(a) We query Rebbi Yochanan however, from a statement of Rebbi Yitzchak. Based on the Pasuk in Tehilim "Yachilu D'rachav be'Chol Eis", what did Rebbi Yitzchak say about a Rasha who is experiencing a period of good fortune?
(b) And what does he learn from the continuation of the Pasuk ...
1. ... "Marom Mishpatecha Negdo"?
2. ... Kol Tzorarav Yafi'ach bahem"?
(c) What do we mean when we answer that one speaks with regard to personal issues, the other regarding spiritual matters?
(d) In the second answer, both are speaking with regard to spiritual issues. How do we then reconcile the two opinions (implied in the actual statement of Rebbi Yitzchak)?
(e) What is the third answer, inherent in the actual statement of Rebbi Yitzchak?
(a) In the third answer, Rebbi Yochanan too, is speaking about a successful Rasha. How do we then reconcile the two opinions by differentiating between two kinds of Tzadik?
(b) And we prove this from a Kashya asked by Rav Huna. What problem did Rav Huna have with the Pasuk in Chavakuk "Lamah Sabit Bogdim Tachrish be'Vala Rasha Tzadik mimenu" (based on Pesukim in Tehilim and Mishlei)?
(c) How did he explain the Pasuk "Tzadik mimenu", to answer the Kashya?
(d) The final answer seems to merely repeat the second one. How does it differ from it (See Hagahos Maharshal)?
(a) What does Rebbi Yochanan again quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai, based on a Pasuk in Shmuel, say about someone who fixes a place for Davening (or for Torah-study, according to some texts)?
(b) How does Rav Huna explain the discrepancy between the Pasuk there which says "ve'Lo Yosifu Benei Avlah le'Anoso" and a similar Pasuk in Melachim, which replaces "le'Anoso" with "le'Chaloso"?
(c) And what does Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai, learn from the words "Yatzak Mayim" (as opposed to 'Lamad'), in the Pasuk in Melachim "Poh Elisha ben Shafat asher Yatzak Mayim al-Y'dei Eliyahu"?
(a) What did Rav Nachman reply when Rebbi Yitzchak asked him why he did not turn up in Shul that day for Davening?
(b) What did he then suggest that he (Rav Nachman) ought to have done?
(c) What did he think he should have done when Rav Nachman found even that too difficult?
(d) When Rav Nachman asked him why he was so insistent, he cited Rebbi Yochanan. What did Rebbi Yochanan in the name of Rebbi Shimon bar Yochai say based on the Pasuk in Tehilim "va'Ani Tefilasi L'cha Hash-m Eis Ratzon ... "?