(a)What prompted Rebbi Nasan to ask Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel for Mechilah?
(b)Seeing as Rebbi Meir had the same dream, why did he not go, too?
(c)What did Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel say to Rebbi Nasan about his aspirations to become Nasi?
(a)Rebbi Nasan asked Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel for Mechilah - following a dream where he received instructions to appease him.
(b)Rebbi Meir had the same dream, yet he declined to go - because he considered dreams to be meaningless.
(c)Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel commented to Rebbi Nasan that - if his Z'chus Avos worked to secure him the position of Av Beis-Din, that did not mean that it would also secure him the Nesi'us (since he was not a descendant of Hillel).
(a)Rebbi taught his son Rebbi Shimon, a Beraisa regarding a case where someone declared the ninth, tenth and eleventh animals Ma'aser. What did Acherim rule with regard to the eleventh animal?
(b)Rebbi Yehudah queried this on the grounds that the eleventh animal is considered a Temurah, and one Temurah cannot make another Temurah. What did Acherim reply?
(c)And what did Rebbi reply when his son ...
1. ... expressed surprise that the name of a Chacham 'whose water we drink' is not mentioned?
2. ... quoted the Pasuk in Koheles "Gam Ahavasam, Gam Sin'asam Gam Kin'asam K'var Avdah (meaning that Rebbi Meir's deed was long over and forgotten, and should therefore be forgiven)"? Which Pasuk in Tehilim did he quote?
(d)How did Rebbi Shimon counter this?
(a)Rebbi taught his son Rebbi Shimon a Beraisa regarding a case where someone declared the ninth, tenth and eleventh animals Ma'aser. Acherim ruled that - the eleventh animal is brought as a Shelamim, and can even make a Temurah.
(b)Rebbi Yehudah queried this on the grounds that the eleventh animal itself is considered a Temurah, and one Temurah cannot make another Temurah; to which Acherim replied that - had it been considered a Temurah, then it could not have been brought as a Shelamim.
(c)When Rebbi Shimon (Rebbi's son) ...
1. ... expressed surprise that the name of a Chacham 'whose water we drink' is not mentioned, Rebbi replied that - these were people who had attempted to uproot his Kavod and that of his family.
2. ... quoted the Pasuk in Koheles "Gam Ahavasam, Gam Sin'asam Gam Kin'asam K'var Avdah" (meaning that Rebbi Meir's deed was long over and forgotten, and should therefore be forgiven), he answered him with the Pasuk in Tehilim "ha'Oyev Tamu Charavos la'Netzach" (meaning that an attack against the Nesi'us left its imprint forever [bearing in mind that Rebbi Meir had not apologized]).
(d)Rebbi Shimon countered this - by confining this Pasuk to where his threat bore fruit (but not to where it failed, as that of Rebbi Meir had done).
(a)How did Rebbi subsequently quote Rebbi Meir?
(b)What did Rava comment on this?
(a)Rebbi subsequently quoted Rebbi Meir - but not directly, only by others (Amru Mishum R. Meir).
(b)Rava commented on this - that even Rebbi, the epitome of humility, declined to mention Rebbi Meir directly, because of what he did.
(a)Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel and the Rabbanan argue over which is preferable, Sinai or Oker Harim. What does this mean?
(b)How did this Machlokes affect Rabah and Rav Yosef?
(c)On what basis did the Chachmei Yerushalayim conclude that Sinai takes precedence?
(d)In that case, Rav Yosef should have become the Rosh Yeshivah. What actually happened?
(a)Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel and the Rabbanan argue over which is preferable, Sinai - which refers to someone who possesses superior Beki'us (a wide knowledge of the texts) or Oker Harim - someone who is sharper, with a deeper understanding of the texts that he learns.
(b)This Machlokes affected Rabah - who was Oker Harim, and Rav Yosef - who was Sinai.
(c)The Chachmei Yerushalayim concluded that Sinai takes precedence - because everyone needs 'the person who owns large stores'.
(d)In that case, Rav Yosef should have become the Rosh Yeshivah - but he declined, allowing Rabah to rule first. And it was only after the latter's death twenty-two years later, that he became Rosh Yeshivah
(a)What was the extent of Rav Yosef's humility? What do we mean when we say that not even a blood-letter entered his house?
(b)Abaye, Rava, Rebbi Zeira and Rabah bar Masnah were once sitting together. On what basis did they appoint Abaye as the Rosh Yeshivah?
(c)What did Rava say to Abaye when he saw him adopt on aura of greatness? Why did he call him 'Nachmeini'?
(d)We ask who took precedence, Rebbi Zeira or Rabah bar Masna. If Rebbi Zeira was the sharper of the two, what was Rabah bar Masna's strong point?
(e)What is the outcome of the current She'eilah regarding?
(a)The extent of Rav Yosef's humility - was that, for the duration of those twenty-two years, he did not even allow a blood-letter to enter his house, but lowered himself to visit the blood-letter (see also Tosfos ha'Rosh)..
(b)Abaye, Rava, Rebbi Zeira and Rabah bar Masnah were once sitting together. They appointed Abaye as the Rosh Yeshivah - following the agreement that the first one to say a D'var Torah without being disproved would become the Rosh Yeshivah. And Abaye was the first one (see also Mitzpeh Eisan).
(c)When Rava saw Abaye adopt on aura of greatness, he told him to go ahead and Darshen. He called him Nachmeini - because that was his real name (and Abaye is the acronym for 'Asher b'cha Yerucham Yasom').
(d)We ask who took precedence, Rebbi Zeira or Rabah bar Masna. Rebbi Zeira was the sharper of the two - but Rabah bar Masna's strong point was to take his time to delve into the matter, ultimately arriving at the truth.
(e)The outcome of the current She'eilah is - Teiku.
Hadran alach 'Kohen Mashi'ach u'Selika lah Maseches Horayos