Mishnah 1
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1)

(a)On what basis does the Sotah's husband bring her Minchah?

(b)In what does he bring it?

(c)Where does he then place it?

(d)What was the point of that according to those who hold that her Korban ...

1. ... preceded her drinking?

2. ... followed it?

(e)Why is that?

1)

(a)The Sotah's husband brings her Minchah - because the Torah writes "Veheivi es Korbanah".

(b)He brings it - in a wickerwork basket (See Tos. Yom-Tov) ...

(c)Which he then - places in her hands ...

(d)... in an effort to tire her out, to encourage her to confess to her sin (assuming she sinned), according to those who hold that her Korban Minchah ...

1. ... preceded her drinking - to prevent the Name of Hash-m from being erased.

2. ... followed it - to stop her from dying a horrific death ...

(e)... because the moment she admits that she is guilty, even after the parchment has been placed in the water, and the Name of Hash-m erased, she is exempt from drinking (See Tos. Yom-Tov).

2)

(a)In what does the Kohen carry all Menachos (including that of Sotah) to the Mizbe'ach?

(b)What distinction does the Mishnah draw between the Sotah's Minchah and other Menachos with regard to the way they are brought to the Kohen?

(c)Why can 'K'li Shareis' mentioned by the Tana in this case not be taken literally?

(d)How must we therefore explain the latter distinction?

(e)Why is a wickerwork basket not eligible to become a K'li Shareis?

2)

(a)The Kohen carries all Menachos (including that of Sotah) to the Mizbe'ach - in a K'li Shareis.

(b)The distinction the Mishnah draws between the Sotah's Minchah and other Menachos is that - the former is brought to the Kohen in a wickerwork basket, whereas the latter is brought in a silver or golden vessel.

(c)'K'li Shareis' mentioned by the Tana in this case cannot be taken literally - since the owner never brings the Minchah to the Beis-ha'Mikdash in a K'li Shareis.

(d)We must therefore explain the latter distinction to mean that - Whereas the latter is eligible to be used as a K'li Shareis, the former is not.

(e)A wickerwork basket is not eligible to become a K'li Shareis - based on the Pasuk in Mal'achi "Bring it to your king! Will he accept it ... ?"

3)

(a)What distinction does the Mishnah draw between the Sotah's Minchah and other Menachos with regard to ...

1. ... what is brought together with them?

2. ... what the basic Minchah consists of?

(b)And what is the difference between the Minchas Sotah and the Minchas ha'Omer, which also consists of barley?

(c)What problem does the Gemara have with the statement that the Minchas Sotah is different because it ...

1. ... does not require oil and frankincense?

2. ... is brought from barley?

(d)How does the Gemara solve it?

(e)To what does Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel attribute the fact that the Minchah of a Sotah consists of barley?

3)

(a)The distinction the Mishnah draws between the Sotah's Minchah and other Menachos with regard to ...

1. ... what is brought together with them is that - whereas the latter are brought together with oil and frankincense, the former is not.

2. ... what the basic Minchah consists of is that - whereas the latter consists of wheat, the former consist of barley.

(b)And the difference between the Minchas Sotah and the Minchas ha'Omer, which also consists of barley is that - whereas the former comes as plain flour, the latter comes 'Geres' (i.e. sifted in thirteen different sieves before being made into fine flour).

(c)The problem the Gemara has with the statement that the Minchas Sotah is different because it ...

1. ... does not require oil and frankincense is that - neither does a Minchas Chotei.

2. ... is brought from barley is that - so is the Minchas ha'Omer.

(d)The Gemara solves the problem by explaining - that the Tana is actually making one dual statement - 'All the Menachos require oil and frankincense, and even those that don't comprise wheat, except for the Minchas Sotah, which does not require oil and frankincense and comprises barley.

(e)Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel attributes the fact that the Minchah of a Sotah consists of barley - to the fact that barley is animal food, and the Sotah behaved like an animal (See Tos. Yom-Tov).

Mishnah 2
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4)

(a)The Kohen then brings a new earthenware P'yali. What is a 'P'yali'?

(b)According to the Tana Kama, he pours in half a Log. Based on the Pasuk which refers to the water as 'holy water', from where must he take the water?

(c)How much water does he pour into it, according to Rebbi Yehudah?

(d)What does the Tana mean when it writes that just as he minimizes the script, so too does he minimize the water? Which script is he referring to?

4)

(a)The Kohen then brings a new earthenware 'P'yali' - (the Greek word for a cup [See Tos. Yom-Tov]).

(b)According to the Tana Kama, he pours in half a Log (See Tos. Yom-Tov). Based on the Pasuk which refers to the water as 'holy water', he takes the water - from the Kiyor (the water-basin which is a K'li Shareis).

(c)According to Rebbi Yehudah, he pours into it - a quarter of a Log.

(d)When the Tana writes that just as he minimizes the script, so too does he minimize the water - he is referring to the Parshah of Sotah, which the Torah obligates him to transcribe and throw into the cup of water.

5)

(a)What is the significance of the Amah by an Amah space on the floor of the Heichal which the Mishnah now mentions? What covered it instead of the regular tiles?

(b)Whereabouts in the Heichal was it situated?

(c)How does the Kohen remove it from the floor?

5)

(a)The Amah by an Amah space on the floor of the Heichal which the Mishnah now mentions was covered, not by regular tiles, but - by a tablet ...

(b)... which was situated on the right-hand side immediately upon entering the Heichal.

(c)The Kohen removes it from the floor - by means of a ring that is set in it.

6)

(a)From where do we know that the Kohen has to take earth from the floor of the Mishkan?

(b)What doess he then do with it?

(c)And what do we learn from the fact that the Torah does not say 'Venasan ba'Mayim" but "Venasan el ha'Mayim"?

6)

(a)We know that the Kohen has to take earth from the floor of the Mishkan - from the Pasuk in Naso, which specifically says so.

(b)He then placed the earth - in the earthenware cup containing the water from the Kiyor.

(c)And we learn from the fact that the Torah does not say 'Venasan ba'Mayim" but "Venasan el ha'Mayim" that - there must be sufficient earth to be visible in the water.

Mishnah 3
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7)

(a)According to the Tana Kama, the Kohen writes on the parchment from "Im Lo Shachav Ish osach" and "Uva'u ha'Mayim ha'Me'or'rim ha'Eileh be'Me'ayich Latz'bos Beten Velan'pil Yarech". What is the significance of the words that he writes?

(b)Why does he omit "ve'Amrah ha'Ishah Amen Amen!"

(c)Rebbi Yossi is more stringent. What does he say?

(d)What is his source?

7)

(a)According to the Tana Kama, the Kohen writes on the parchment from "Im Lo Shachav Ish osach" and "Uva'u ha'Mayim ha'Me'or'rim ha'Eileh be'Me'ayich Latz'bos Beten Velan'pil Yarech" - incorporating the curse (the first Pasuk by inference (See Tos. Yom-Tov), the second Pasuk directly [See Tos. Yom-Tov)]).

(b)He omits the words "ve'Amrah ha'Ishah 'Amen Amen!' " - because it is merely a Mitzvah incumbent upon the Kohen to make her do so, but not an intrinsic part of the curse.

(c)Rebbi Yossi is more stringent. In his opinion, once the Kohen begins to write, he incorporates everything (even the commands and the woman's acceptance).

(d)His source is the word - "es" (in the Pasuk "Vekasav ha'Ishah es ha'Alos ha'Eileh ... ").

8)

(a)Rebbi Yehudah on the other hand, is the most lenient of all. What does he say?

(b)From where does he learn this?

8)

(a)According to Rebbi Yehudah - the Kohen only writes the actual oaths and curses, but not the curses that are inferred by the blessings and not "ve'Amrah ha'Ishah 'Amen Amen!' " ...

(b)... both of which he excludes from the wards "es ha'Alos ha'Eileh" (See Tos. Yom-Tov).

Mishnah 4
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9)

(a)The Kohen does not write Parshas Sotah on a Lu'ach (a wooden board), on N'yar or on Dift'ra, only on a Megilah. If 'N'yar' is paper made of grass, what is ...

1. ... 'Dift'ra'?

2. ... a 'Megilah'?

(b)From where does the Mishnah learn this?

9)

(a)The Kohen does not write Parshas Sotah on a Lu'ach (a wooden board), on N'yar paper made of grass (See Tos. Yom-Tov) ...

1. ... on 'Dift'ra' - unfinished parchment (that has been salted and flour added, but not a sort of black dye made from gall-nuts , or ...

2. ... on a 'Megilah' - finished parchment.

(b)The Mishnah learn this - from the word "ba'Seifer", which the Torah inserts in the Parshah of a Sotah.

10)

(a)The Kohen is only allowed to write the Parshah with ink (See Tiferes Yisrael), but not with Kumus or Kankantum (a sort of black dye, known as vitriol). What is 'Kumus'?

(b)What is the general rule behind this ruling?

(c)From where do we learn this?

10)

(a)The Kohen is only allowed to write the Parshah with ink (See Tos. Yom-Tov & Tiferes Yisrael), but not with 'Kumus' - (sap from a tree) or 'Kankantum' (a sort of black dye known as vitriol [See Tos. Yom-Tov]).

(b)The general rule behind this ruling is that - one may only use something that can be erased without leaving a mark ...

(c)... since the Torah writes "u'Machah" (implying that the writing must be erased without leaving a mark).

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11)

(a)The Mishnah presents the first explanation of the double 'Amen' that the Sotah says as ' "Amen' al ha'Shevu'ah, "Amen" al ha'Alah'. How does this connect with 'Amen' she'Lo Nitmeisi, ve'Im Nitmeisi, Yavo'u bi!' mentioned at the end of the Mishnah?

(b)The double 'Amen' also covers any other man (of whom the husband is not aware) with whom she may have been involved. Assuming she is married, what else does it incorporate?

(c)Why is the fact that the Tana incorporates 'Shomeres Yavam' not Halachah? Who is the author of that statement?

11)

(a)The Mishnah presents the first explanation of the double 'Amen' that the Sotah says as ' "Amen' al ha'Shevu'ah, "Amen" al ha'Alah'. 'Amen' she'Lo Nitmeisi', mentioned at the end of the Mishnah - corresponds to ' "Amen" al ha'Shevu'ah', and 've'Im Nitmeisi, Yavo'u bi!' - to ' "Amen" al ha'Alah'.

(b)The double 'Amen' also covers any other man (of whom the husband is not aware) with whom she may have been involved. Assuming she is married, it also incorporates a man with whom she may have been involved during the betrothal or when she was a Shomeres Yavam.

(c)The fact that the Tana incorporates 'Shomeres Yavam' is not Halachah in that - it is the individual opinion of Rebbi Akiva, who holds that relations with a Shomeres Yavam is considered adultery. The Chachamim however, maintain that a Shomeres Yavam who has an affair remains permitted to the Yavam.

12)

(a)What additional case does Rebbi Meir add (in connection with 'Amein she'Lo Nitmeisi')?

(b)What are the ramifications of Rebbi Meir's ruling?

(c)Like whom is the Halachah?

12)

(a)Rebbi Meir adds (in connection with 'Amein she'Lo Nitmeisi') - 'Amen she'Lo Atamei' (in the future) ...

(b)... in which case - the water will examine her even if she commits adultery after she already drank the water and turned out to be innocent (See Tos.Yom-Tov).

(c)The Halachah is - like the Tana Kama.

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13)

(a)What does the Mishnah say about 'Amen' incorporating an affair that the Sotah may have had ...

1. ... before she became betrothed to her husband?

2. ... after they were divorced?

(b)What exactly is the latter case?

(c)Which principle is the basis of this latter ruling?

(d)How do we learn this from the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei "Veyatz'ah mi'Beiso, Vehalchah Vehaysah le'Ish Acher"?

13)

(a)The Mishnadh rules that 'Amen' - does not incorporate an affair that the Sotah had ...

1. ... before she became betrothed to her husband, or one that she had ...

2. ... after they were divorced ...

(b)... in a case where he warned her after they remarried ...

(c)... because, had she had an affair during the divorce period, she would have been permitted to remarry him.

(d)We learn this from the Pasuk in Ki Seitzei "Veyatz'ah mi'Beiso, Vehalchah Vehaysah le'Ish Acher" - which indicates that it is only betrothal to another man that causes a woman to become forbidden to her previous husband, but not intimacy alone (and the title of Sotah is confined to illicit relations that forbid her on her husband).

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