prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) If one kneaded mustard-seeds on Erev Shabbos, what Shinuy does Rav require when softening it with water or wine on Shabbos? Why is that?
(b) What does Shmuel say to that?
(c) Rebbi Elazar forbids either way. What does Rebbi Yochanan hold?
(d) Like whom did Abaye and Rava ...
1. ... initially rule?
2. ... rule after Rebbi Elazar and Rebbi Yochanan switched their rulings?
(a) Abaye declined to eat the mustard which his nanny had prepared for him in the above way, as did Rav Chiya bar Ashi (a Talmid of Ze'iri) the mustard that Ze'iri's wife prepared for him. What did Ze'iri's wife comment on that?
(b) What Rava bar Shva once see Ravina do? What did he use to soften the mustard-seeds on Shabbos?
(c) Mar Zutra rejected all the previous rulings on the basis of a Kabalah that he had. What did that Kabalah rule regarding mustard-seeds ...
1. ... that were kneaded on Erev Shabbos and that one then wanted to eat on Shabbos?
2. ... if one wanted to add honey, with regard to beating the honey?
(d) And what did the Kabalah rule with regard to ...
1. ... cress that one ground in water on Erev Shabbos?
2. ... garlic that one ground before Shabbos and one then wanted to add beans or a bean-stew on Shabbos and eat it, with regard to grinding the beans?
(e) What did Abaye comment on the fact that they added mint to the cress (even though they added it to the garlic as well)?
(a) Our Mishnah permits the preparation of Anumlin on Shabbos, but not of Aluntis. What is 'Anumlin'?
(b) 'Aluntis' consists of vintage wine, clear water and Afarsemon. Why did they permit Anumlin but forbid Aluntis? What purpose does the latter serve?
(c) What happened to Rav Yosef when, after following Mar Ukva to the bathhouse, the latter gave him a cup of Aluntis to drink?
(d) What did he say would have happened had he offered him a second one?
(e) Then why did Mar Ukva not suffer from it?
(a) Chiltis is a sharp spice. What is it used for?
(b) On Shabbos, may one ...
1. ... soak it in warm water?
2. ... place it in vinegar?
(c) What does the Tana say about ...
1. ... soaking vetch (horse-beans) in water on Shabbos, rubbing them (to separate the refuse), and sifting the chaff from the straw?
2. ... placing them in a sieve or a basket (from which the refuse sometimes falls out) - and then carrying the sieve to the feeding trough?
(a) They asked what someone who soaks Chiltis in warm water on Shabbos is Chayav. What did Rav Ada Narsha'ah reply in front of Rav Yosef?
(b) How did Abaye query that, based on the fact that someone who soaks a raw piece of meat in water?
(c) How does Abaye therefore resolve the She'eilah?
(a) What did Rebbi Yanai reply when Rebbi Yochanan asked him whether soaking Chiltis is permitted in cold water?
(b) What problem did Rebbi Yochanan have with that?
(c) How did Rebbi Yanai counter Rebbi Yochanan's query?
(a) Why did Mar Ukva advise Rav Acha bar Yosef to take the weight of three gold coins of Chiltis?
(b) What did the latter do on the third day (Shabbos), after taking it on Thursday and Friday?
(c) The Talmidei-Chachamim there thought that he was asking about taking it on Shabbos. So what did they tell him in the name of Tana de'Bei Rav Ada (or Tana de'Bei Mar bar Rav Ada)?
(d) It transpired that Rav Chiya bar Avin had suffered from the same ailment, and that he too, took it first on Thursday and Friday. So he went to ask Rav Ada bar Ahavah about soaking the Chiltis on Shabbos. What did ...
1. ... Rav Ada bar Ahavah reply?
2. ... Rav Huna citing Rav, reply?
(e) Rav Huna subsequently pointed out that this concession applied even according to the Rabbanan (who generally forbid soaking Chiltis in warm water). Why was that?
(a) Rav Acha bar Yosef asked his nephew Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak, on whose shoulders he was leaning, to lead him in to Rav Safra. Why was he leaning on his nephew's shoulders?
(b) What did he ask him (Rav Safra) about rubbing freshly-laundered linen clothes on Shabbos?
(c) Why did he think that it might be forbidden?
(d) Then why did Rav Safra rule that it is permitted?
(a) Why Rav Acha bar Yosef ...
1. ... decline to ask Rav Safra the same question regarding a freshly laundered Sudar (head-cloth)?
2. ... not then apply the answer he received from Rav Huna to his She'eilah regarding freshly laundered clothes?
(b) They used to hang freshly-laundered clothes on a wooden rod to dry. What did Rav Chisda say about removing them?
(c) In which case did Rava permit even removing the rod from the clothes?
(a) When does Rav Chisda consider a bunch of vegetables Muktzeh, and when does he not?
(b) Why does Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav consider fish hanging on a rope to dry, Muktzeh, but not meat?
(c) We reject Rav Ketina's statement that someone who stands on a bed on which a man and his wife usually sleep it is as if he was standing on the woman's stomach. Why did Rav Ketina think that it is?
(d) What advice did Rav Chisda give to a Talmid-Chacham who wants to buy bunches of vegetables or canes?
(a) Why did Rav Chisda advise a poor Talmid-Chacham to avoid eating raw vegetables?
(b) Why did he himself not eat vegetables even after he became wealthy?
(c) What advice did Rav Chisda offer a poor Talmid-Chacham who only has a few scraps of bread to eat?
(d) Before Rav Chisda became wealthy, what was he careful to do prior to reciting the B'rachah of ha'Motzi?
(a) What did Rav Chisda also say about someone who eats wheat bread, when he could have eaten barley bread, and Rav Papa, someone who drinks wine when he could have drunk beer?
(b) Why is that?
(c) On what grounds do we conclude that it is not?
(d) They used to wash their hands with oil before Mayim Acharonim. What did Rav Chisda consider a good substitute for oil?
(a) On what grounds did Rav Chisda advise a Talmid-Chacham to buy the neck of an animal?
(b) What did Rav Chisda guarantee a Talmid-Chacham who purchased the excellent flax that grows in the area of the River Aba?
(c) Why was that flax called 'Kitunisa'?
(d) How often did clothes made from that flax require washing?
(a) On what sort of mat did Rav Chisda advise Talmidei-Chachamim not to sit?
(b) Why did he also advise them not to give their clothes to their hostess to wash?
(c) Among the things that Rav Chisda advised his daughters was to behave modestly and not to eat bread in front of their husbands. He also warned them not to eat vegetables, dates and beer at night-time. Why not?
(d) What did he advise them to do with regard to ...
1. ... relieving themselves?
2. ... asking who was at the door when someone knocked?
(a) He also advised them how to respond to their husbands' advances during intimacy. How did he instruct them to avail their breasts immediately, and the Makom Ervah only long afterwards?
(b) Why did he tell them that?
(c) Why do we establish our Mishnah not like Rebbi Eliezer ben Ya'akov in a Beraisa, who forbids using a sieve altogether?
(a) What does Rebbi Dosa say about ...
1. ... clearing out the feeding-trough from before a Petem on Shabbos? What is a 'Petem'?
2. ... sweeping the straw to the sides? Why are these both necessary?
(b) What do the Chachamim say?
(c) What does the Mishnah then say about taking food from in front of one animal on Shabbos to give to another?
(a) We ask whether the Rabbanan disagree with Rebbi Dosa's first statement ('Gorfin') or his second one ('Mesalkin'). What is the third possibility?
(b) Why might they dispute his ...
1. ... first statement?
2. ... second statement?
(c) We resolve the She'eilah from a Beraisa. What does the Beraisa say?
(a) Rav Chisda establishes the Machlokes between Rebbi Dosa and the Rabbanan by a feeding-trough that is dug in the ground. What will they both hold by one which is made into a K'li?
(b) On what grounds do we reject Rav Chisda's statement?
(c) So how do we amend it?
(a) With regard to the Mishnah's concession to take food from in front of one animal and place it in front of another one, one Beraisa confines this to taking from in front of an animal with 'a good mouth and placing it in front of one with 'a bad mouth'. What does a second Beraisa say?
(b) What does Abaye say about the two Beraisos?
(c) What will be the Din regarding taking from in front of a cow and placing in front of a donkey?
(d) Why does the first Beraisa refer to a donkey as an animal with ...
1. ... 'a good mouth' and a cow as one with 'a bad mouth'?
2. ... 'a bad mouth' and a cow as one with 'a good mouth'?