prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) At the Simchas Beis Hasho'evah, who used to announce ...
1. ... 'Ashrei Yalduseinu, she'Lo Biyshah es Ziknaseinu' (How praiseworthy is our youth, which did not shame our old age!)?
2. ... 'Ashrei Ziknaseinu, she'Kiprah es Yalduseinu' (How praiseworthy is our old age, which atoned for our youth!)?
(b) What would they both add?
(a) Hillel used to say 'Im Ani Kan, ha'Kol Kan'. To whom does 'Ani' refer?
(b) He also used to say (though it is not clear that he said this at the Simchas Beis Hasho'evah') 'The place that I love, there my feet carry me'. What did he add to that?
(c) And what did he say when he saw the skull of a known murderer floating on the water?
(a) What did Rebbi Yochanan say about a man's feet?
(b) Who were Elicharaf and Achyah, the sons of Shishah? Why did Shlomo send them off to Luz? With whom did he send them?
(c) What happened when they arrived at the gates of Luz?
(d) Why was the Angel of death happy when Shlomo met him the following day?
(e) What did Shlomo ruefully say?
(a) Raban Shimon ben Gamliel used to dance at the Simchas Beis Hasho'evah with eight fire-torches (others used to dance with eggs or cups of wine). What else did he used to do?
(b) What happened to Levi when he tried to perform Kidah in front of Rebbi?
(c) What had he done to deserve that?
(a) Rebbi Yehoshua ben Chananya, who was a Levi, testified that they did not sleep for a full seven days during the Sukos festivities. They would go from the Tamid shel Shachar to Tefilas Shacharis ... to the Korban Musaf ... to Tefilas Musaf. How did he account for the remainder of the twenty-four hour period until the following dawn?
(b) On what grounds is the literal interpretation of Rebbi Yehoshua's testimony unacceptable? What did R. Yochanan say about someone who swears not to sleep for seven days?
(c) What then, did he really mean?
(a) A certain Rav explained that the fifteen steps (leading from the Ezras Yisrael down to the Ezras Nashim) corresponded to the occasion when David ha'Melech was digging the Shitin for the Mizbe'ach, and the water threatened to rise and drown the world. He then said the fifteen Shir ha'Ma'alos and the water subsided. On what grounds did Rav Chisda reject this explanation?
(b) What is the correct version of the story? Why the fifteen Shir ha'Ma'alos?
(c) What role did Achitofel (the Head of Beis-Din and David's father-in-law) play in this episode?
(d) If the outer crust of the world is one thousand Amos thick, how is it, that one sometimes strikes water much closer to the surface?
(a) They blew the trumpets again when they reached the tenth step. Was that the tenth step from the top or from the bottom?
(b) Having stated (with regard to their ancestors) 'their faces to the east', why was it necessary to add 'and their backs to the west? Is that not obvious?
(c) Rebbi Zeira has taught us that if someone says 'Shema, Shema', it is as if he was referring to dual deities. In that case, how can Rebbi Yehudah says in our Mishnah that the Kohanim would conclude 'Anu l'Kah, u'le'Kah Eineinu'?
(a) Our Mishnah gives the minimum number of Teki'os daily as twenty-one. How does the Tana arrive at that figure?
(b) What maximum number of Teki'os does it give?
(c) Given that all blasts were in groups of three (Teki'ah, Teru'ah Teki'ah), why did they blow nine blasts for the Korban Tamid?
(d) What did the people do each time the Kohanim blew the trumpets?
(a) How many blasts would they blow for the Korban Musaf?
(b) What was the significance of ...
1. ... the six blasts that they blew on Erev Shabbos?
2. ... the remaining twelve blasts that made up the forty-eight on Erev Shabbos during Sukos?
(c) The Kohanim blew three of these blasts when the Kohen (and the group that was accompanying him) who was about to set out to fill the jar with water, reached the upper-gate (the Sha'ar Nikanor) and another three when he reached the lower gate (leading out of the Ezras Nashim on the east). When did he blow the remaining six blasts?
(d) What is the source of these Teki'os?
(a) Rebbi Yehudah in a Beraisa, lists the minimum number of blasts as seven, and the maximum as sixteen. What is the basis of the Machlokes between Rebbi Yehudah and the Rabanan?
(b) What does ...
1. ... Rebbi Yehudah learn from the Pasuk in Beha'aloscha "u'Seka'tem Teru'ah"?
2. ... the Tana Kama learns from "u've'Hakhil es ha'Kahal, Tiske'u v'Lo Sari'u"?
(c) Rebbi Yehudah counters that this last case was not really a Mitzvah, but only a Siman (so it did not matter that they were only blowing half a note). How do the Rabanan refute Rebbi Yehudah's argument?
(a) What does Rav Kahana mean when he says that there is nothing between the Teki'ah and the Teru'ah? Like which Tana does he hold?
(b) How do we try to reconcile Rav Kahana's statement with the Rabanan?
(c) On what grounds do we reject this suggestion?