prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) When is even a person permitted to draw water from the 'Pasei Bira'os' and drink it there?
(b) 've'Lo Yemale Adam Mayim ve'Yiten Lifnei Behemto, Aval Memale Hu ve'Shofech Lifnei Beheimah ve'Shosh Me'elehah'. What does the Gemara mean when it asks 'Mah Ho'il Roshah ve'Rubah shel Parah?'
(c) How does the Gemara answer this question?
(a) What are 'Burganin' and what is their Halachic significance?
(b) Why did the Halachah of 'Burganin' not apply in Bavel?
(c) Why did 'Pasei Bira'os' not apply in Chutz la'Aretz?
(d) What does 'Aval Ipcha, Avdinan' mean?
(a) In the second Lashon, Rav is quoted as saying that neither Burganin nor 'Pasei Bira'os' were applicable either in Bavel or in Chutz la'Aretz. According to this Lashon, why did ...
1. ... 'Burganin' not apply in Chutz la'Aretz?
2. ... 'Pasei Bira'os' not apply in Bavel?
(b) How far was it from Barnash to the Shul in Daniel?
(c) Having just ruled that 'Burganin' does not apply in Bavel, on what basis was it permitted to walk from one to the other on Shabbos?
(a) What is the source for the Shi'ur of seventy and two thirds' Amos of 'Burganin'?
(a) What is it that David ha'Melech, Iyov and Yechezkel failed to explain?
(b) Yechezkel spoke of 'Kinim' and 'Hegeh'. What do these mean?
(c) Zecharyah ben Ido (the prophet) eventually explains the extent of the Mitzvos (though it is obvious that his explanation cannot be understood literally). He describes Torah as a folded scroll of twenty Amos by ten, written on the back as well as on the front. Considering that Yeshayah describes Heaven and Earth as a Zeres, what fraction of Torah does that make the world?
(a) Mari bar Mar (the author of the last statement) also explained the Pasuk in Yirmiyah, that speaks of two copper pots, one containing high-quality figs, the other, rotten ones. What do these two pots represent?
(b) What does he learn from the Pasuk in Shir ha'Shirim "ha'Duda'im Nasnu Re'ach"?
(c) If, according to Rava, "ha'Duda'im Nasnu Re'ach" refers to young men who have not sinned, to whom does "ve'Al Pesachenu Kol Megadim" refer?
(d) And what does the continuation of the Pasuk "Chadashim Gam Yeshanim Dodi Tzafanti Lach" mean?
(a) How does Rava explain the Pasuk in Koheles "ve'Yoser Meheimah Bni, Hizaher Asos Sefarim Harbeh"?
(b) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Koheles "u'Poretz Geder Yishchenu Nachash" which conforms with this?
(c) Why then, were these Mitzvos not included in the Torah?
(a) How does the Gemara attempt to explain the Pasuk in Koheles "ve'Lahag Harbeh Yegi'as Basar"?
(b) Why does the Gemara reject this explanation?
(c) How does the Gemara finally explain the Pasuk?
(a) What happened that day, to the daily cup of rationed water allotted to the captive Rebbi Akiva by his Roman captors?
(b) What was Rebbi Akiva's reaction to this, and why did he make that decision?
(c) Rebbi Yehoshua ha'Garsi served him in prison. What are the two possible meanings of 'ha'Garsi'?
(d) What did Rebbi Akiva's contemporaries say about him when they heard what he had done?
(a) Which two Takanos did Shlomo ha'Melech institute?
(b) What was Hash-m's reaction to them?
(a) What does the Pasuk in Shir ha'Shirim mean when it describes how Yisrael asked Hash-m to go out with them into the fields? Why the fields and not the cities?
(b) "Nalinah ba'Kefarim". Who are meant by the Kefarim, and what were Yisrael saying to Hash-m with these words?
(c) To whom was Shlomo referring, when he continued
1. "Parchah ha'Gefen";
2. "Pasach ha'Semadar";
3. "Henetzu ha'Rimonim"?
(a) What do we learn from the Pasuk in Melachim ...
1. ... "Vayedaber Sheloshes Alafim Mashal"?
2. ... "Vayehi Shiro Chamishah va'Alef"?
(b) And from the Pasuk in Koheles "Od Limed Da'as es ha'Am"?
(c) Which third Takanah, besides the two Takanos mentioned earlier, did Shlomo institute?
(d) What do Chazal mean when they say that, until Shlomo ha'Melech, Torah was like a basket without handles?
(a) What does Rav Chisda, quoting Mar Ukva, learn from the Pasuk in Shir ha'Shirim ...
1. ... "Kevutzosav Taltalim"?
2. ... "Shechoros ke'Orev"?
(b) Rabah explains it 'be'Mi she'Mashchir Panav ke'Orev'. How does Rava explain it? Why the analogy to a raven?