By COLlive reporter
Learners of the Daf Yomi, the daily regimen of studying a page of Gemara, have concluded the tractate of Nazir on Wednesday. Those using the Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud Bavli, published by Artscroll, have been left with an open question.
At the end of Nazir there is a Mishna that quotes a dispute between R’ Nehorai and R’ Yose on the subject of a Nazirite.Subsequently, the Gemara mentions another dispute between these two sages but on the subject of Birchas Hamazon.
On the surface, there seems to be no connection between both subjects or an explanation to why they would be correlated other than the individuals who are discussing it.
Attempting to explain it, the Artscroll Gemara writes: “The coming discussion [in the Gemoro, recurs verbatim in Berachos 53b]. It seems entirely unrelated to our Mishna, and for that matter, to the tractate.”
Rabbi Hersh Goldwurm and Rabbi Mordechai Rabinovitch, editors of the Artscroll Gemara, add: “It would appear that it is included here because, like our Mishna, it involves a discussion between R’ Yose and R’ Nehorai (For an additional explanation of the connection see the Responsa Emek Sh’eila, Reb Mordechai Dov Twersky of Hornstyple…).”
In the Hebrew edition of the Artscroll Gemara, the same question is raised but with other sources. But seemingly, again with no clear answer.
Rabbi Levi Garelik, an halachic authority in Brooklyn and Belgium who heads the “Sichos Academy,” says there is an answer to the question and it was given by the Rebbe in 5725.
“When the Rebbe finished saying kaddish for his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson OBM, the Rebbe made a siyum on Maseches Nazir,” Rabbi Garelik tells COLlive.com, noting that the subject is regarding Shmuel whose mother was Chana.
“One of the main questions that the Rebbe expounded on, was exactly this one, what is the connection, in content, between the subject discussed in the Mishna and the subject discussed in the Gemara,” he says.
Rabbi Garelik says the Rebbe gave “a beautiful answer” based on the Rishonim and the Sicha was later published in 5736 in Likutei Sichos volume 18, page 63.
In honor of the latest Siyum Hashas, Rabbi Garelik presented a conclusion of the tractate and answered the unsolved question.
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