prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) According to Rava's current interpretation of the Machlokes between the Tana Kama and Rebbi Eliezer, they both agree that a large mat is normally meant for Sechach, and they argue by a small one: The Tana Kama holds that a Stam small mat is subject to Tum'ah and is Pasul for Sechach; whereas Rebbi Eliezer maintains that both a small mat and a large one are Kasher for Sechach. Besides a tradition that their dispute concerns a large mat and that Rebbi Eliezer is l'Chumra, what problem does the Gemara have with the Lashon of Rebbi Eliezer?
(b) So how does Rav Papa finally establish the Machlokes? How does he learn the 'Ase'ah li'Shechivah' of Rebbi Eliezer?
(a) According to the the Tana Kama of the Beraisa, why are large mats made of various types of rushes ...
1. ... Kasher for Sechach when they are hand-platted (see Maharam)?
2. ... Pasul when they are woven?
(b) What will be the Din by small rush mats that are hand-platted?
(c) Small reed mats are Kasher when they are hand-platted. Why are they more lenient than rush mats?
(d) What do Rebbi Yosi and Rebbi Dosa say about small reed mats (See Tosfos DH 'Shel Shifa')?
(a) Rebbi Dosa (in another Beraisa) declares 'Chotzlos' Tamei Mes. Why not Tamei Midras?
(b) Why does he specifically mention 'Tamei Mes'?
(c) The Chachamim say that they are subject to becoming Tamei Midras. What problem do we have with that?
(d) What must they therefore have meant? they mean 'Midras' and not 'Mes'?
(e) Rav Avdimi bar Hamduri translates 'Chotzlos' as 'Marzuvli', which Rebbi Aba translates as the leather satchels of shepherds. How does Resh Lakish translate it?
(a) Which two Tana'ic sages (each in his own day and age) came from Bavel to reinstate Torah in Eretz Yisrael, like Ezra did after Galus Bavel?
(b) From which period did Torah flourish in Bavel?
(c) What did Resh Lakish mean when he said about Rebbi Chiya 'Hareini Kaparas Rebbi Chiya u'Vanav'?
(a) What did Rebbi Chiya say about ...
1. ... the reed mats of Usha?
2. ... the reed mats of Teverya?
(b) The reed mats used in other towns, he claimed, were the subject of the dispute between Rebbi Dosa (who declares them Tamei Mes) and the Chachamim (who declare them Tamei Midras) - quoted above. What is the basis of their Machlokes?
(c) How do we reconcile this with the Beraisa that we cited earlier, where Rebbi Dosa agrees with Rebbi Yosi that they are Kasher to be used as Sechach?
(a) In another Beraisa, Rebbi Dosa declares subject to Tum'as Mes, Chotzlos made of rushes, sack-cloth or horse-hair. What do the Rabanan say?
(b) According to Rav Avdimi bar Hamduri (earlier in the Sugya), who translated 'Chotzlos' as the leather satchels of shepherds), a satchel made of rushes is fit for large fruit, and one made of sack-cloth or horse-hair, for legumes and smaller fruit. Why the difference?
(c) According to Resh Lakish (who translated 'Chotzlos' as 'mats'), apart from sleeping on them (for which purpose, according to Rebbi Dosa, they are not made), to what use or uses would one put mats made of ...
1. ... sack-cloth or horse-hair?
2. ... rushes?
(a) When Rebbi Chananya went to Bavel to declare a leap-year, what did that old man tell him (with regard to using a Budya as Sechach)? What is 'Budya'?
(b) What did Rebbi Yehoshua say when Chananya returned from his trip and repeated what the old men had told him? What was the relationship between Rebbi Yehoshua and Rebbi Chananya?
(c) How did Rav Chisda qualify the old man's ruling?
(a) Why did Ula declare the Budisa of the Bnei Mechoza ineligible to be used as Sechach?
(b) And we support Ula's ruling with a Beraisa. What does the Beraisa say?
(c) What does the Tana mean when he mentions 'Kir'?
HADRAN ALACH 'SUKAH SHE'HI GEVOHAH'
(a) Which three major activities constitute 'Ikar Yeshivas Sukah'?
(b) The Tana Kama forbids sleeping underneath a bed in the Sukah. Why does Rebbi Yehudah permit it?
(c) What does the Tana Kama hold?
(d) How tall must the bed be for the Tana Kama to forbid it?
(a) What does our Mishnah describe Tavi, Raban Gamliel's illustrious slave, as having once done?
(b) What did Raban Gamliel subsequently boast to the elders?
(c) What does Rebbi Shimon learn from Raban Gamliel's statement?
(d) What was he pointing out, when he opened his statement with the words 'u'L'fi Darkeinu Lamadnu ... '?
(a) We query our Mishnah in that a regular bed is not ten Tefachim tall. So what if it isn't?
(b) How does Shmuel answer the Kashya?