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SOTAH 15 (5 Sivan) - Dedicated l'Zecher Nishmas Reb Chaim Aryeh ben Aharon Stern Z'L by Shmuel Gut of Brooklyn, N.Y.


Rebbi Chanina says that the Kohen may eat the remnant of the Minchah as soon as the fire starts burning the Kometz.
Rebbi Yochanan holds that the Kohen may only eat the remnant of the Minchah when it is mostly burned.
The Kohanim may add wine, oil or honey to their portion of the Minchah because they shall eat it in the manner of kings.
The Kohanim may not bake their portion of the Minchah into Chametz.
A Minchas Choteh is brought from wheat but does not require oil or Levonah so that it will not be Mehudar.
A Minchas ha'Omer is brought from finely sifted barley flour and requires oil and Levonah.
A Minchas Sotah is brought from coarse barley flour and does not require oil or Levonah.
A Chatas does not require Nesachim so that it will not be Mehudar.
The Chatas and Asham of a Metzora require Nesachim because they are not brought for a sin.
A person is afflicted with Tzara'as for one of seven Aveiros and the Tzara'as atones for his sin.
The Korban of Metzora is brought in order to permit him to eat Kodshim.
The Chatas of a Nazir does not require Nesachim.
Rebbi Eliezer ha'Kapar holds that a Nazir is a sinner. (1)
A Sotah acted like an animal and therefore her Korban is the food of an animal.
The Mei Sotah is a half of a Log of water from the Kiyor and it is poured into an earthenware vessel. (2)
There was a ring in one of the marble tiles on the floor of the Heichal and dirt from underneath it was placed in the water.
Enough dirt must be placed in the water so that it is perceptible in the water.
Rebbi Yishmael says that a new earthenware vessel must be used for a Sotah and Metzora.
Rebbi Yishmael says that the water of the Kiyor must be spring water and the Chachamim hold that any water may be used.
Even according to the Rabanan who do not require a new utensil to be used for a Sotah agree that if the utensil turned black it is Pasul. (3)
If the Etz Erez, Ezov and Shni Tola'as were used to sling one's pack over the shoulder they are Pasul.
All turns in the Beis ha'Mikdash are to the right.
If there is no dirt on the ground of the Mishkan dirt should be placed down in the Mishkan and then scooped up.
A second Beraisa holds that the dirt does not have to be placed on the ground of the Mishkan before it is put in the Mei Sotah.


1. He is a sinner for afflicting himself by denying himself wine.
2. Rebbi Yehudah says only a quarter of a Log of water is needed because Rebbi Yehudah does not require as much Kesav as the Tana Kama and therefore less water is needed to erase it.
3. It is a Safek if a blackened utensil that was returned to the furnace and turned white is Kosher.


The Minchah of a Sotah is unique because it is the only Minchah that is brought from barley and no oil or Levonah is added to it. The Rambam writes in Sefer Moreh Nevuchim that for a grave sin a less significant Korban is brought and for a minor sin a more significant Korban is brought. The Sotah committed a very grave sin and therefore she brings a Minchah that is stripped of the good smell of Levonah and of the splendor of oil.


When is the remnant of the Minchah permitted to be eaten? When most if the Kometz has been singed by the fire. All of the Menachos that are brought on the Mizbe'ach are Matzah. The remnant of the Menachos that are eaten by the Kohanim, even though they may be eaten in any manner and may be eaten with honey, may not be made into Chametz and if they do make them Chametz they are punished with Malkus. (Rambam Hilchos Ma'aseh ha'Korbanos 12:12,14)

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