בריי דאכלה ביעי הוו לה בני עינני דאכלה כוורי הוו לה בני חינני דאכלה כרפסא הוו לה בני זיותני דאכלה כוסברתא הוו לה בני בישרני דאכלה אתרוגא הוו לה בני ריחני ברתיה דשבור מלכא אכלה בה אמה אתרוגא והוו מסקי לה לקמיה אבוה בריש ריחני healthy; one who eats eggs will have large-eyed children; one who eats fish will have graceful children; one who eats celery will have beautiful children; one who eats coriander [kusbarta] will have corpulent children; and one who eats etrogim will have sweet-smelling children. It is related with regard to the daughter of King Shapur of Persia, that her mother ate etrogim while pregnant with her and they used to place her in front of her father on top of all the spices, as she was so fragrant.
אמר רב הונא בדק לן רב הונא בר חיננא היא אומרת להניק והוא אומר שלא להניק שומעין לה צערא דידה הוא הוא אומר להניק והיא אומרת שלא להניק מהו כל היכא דלאו אורחה שומעין לה היא אורחה והוא לאו אורחיה מאי בתר דידיה אזלינן או בתר דידה אזלינן § Rav Huna said: Rav Huna bar Ḥinnana tested us, by asking: If she says that she wants to nurse and he says that he does not want her to nurse but rather to give the child to a wet nurse, we accede to her desires, as she is the one suffering from engorgement of her breasts. However, if he says that he wants her to nurse and she says that she does not want to nurse, what is the halakha? He then narrowed the scope of the question: Anywhere that she is not accustomed, as the women of her family generally do not nurse their children but give them to wet nurses instead, we accede to her desires. However, if she is accustomed to nursing and he is not accustomed, i.e., the women of her family generally nurse their babies but the women in his family do not, what is the halakha: Do we follow his wishes to follow her family custom or do we follow her wishes to follow his family custom?
ופשיטנא ליה מהא עולה עמו ואינה יורדת עמו אמר רב הונא מאי קראה (בראשית כ, ג) והיא בעולת בעל בעלייתו של בעל ולא בירידתו של בעל ר' אלעזר אמר מהכא (בראשית ג, כ) כי היא היתה אם כל חי לחיים ניתנה ולא לצער ניתנה: And we answered his question from this amoraic statement: When a woman marries a man, she ascends with him to his socioeconomic status, if it is higher than hers, but she does not descend with him if his status is lower. Consequently, if his family is not accustomed to nurse, she is not obligated to nurse either. Rav Huna said: What is the verse from which this is derived? It is derived from: “She is a man’s wife” (Genesis 20:3). The Gemara explains: The word used here for “wife [be’ula]” hints through similar spelling that she ascends in status with the ascension [aliya] of her husband but does not descend with the descent of her husband. Rabbi Elazar said: There is a hint to this principle from here: “As she was the mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20), which indicates that she was given to her husband for living with him, but was not given to suffer pain with him.
הכניסה לו שפחה וכו': הא שארא עבדא ותימא ליה עיילית לך איתתא בחריקאי משום דאמר לה הא טרחא לדידי ולדידה קמי דידך מאן טרח: § The mishna states that if she brought him one maidservant into the marriage with her, she does not need to grind wheat, bake, or wash clothes. The Gemara infers from this statement that she must nevertheless perform the other tasks. The Gemara asks: Let the wife say to him: I brought you a woman in my place [baḥarikai] who can perform all the tasks I am supposed to do, and the wife should be completely exempt. The Gemara answers: This is not a valid argument because the husband can say to her: This maidservant toils for me and for herself like any other woman, but who will toil for you? It is necessary for the wife to do some work in order to cover some of her own expenses.
שתים אינה מבשלת ואינה מניקה וכו': הא שארא עבדא ותימא ליה עיילית לך איתתא אחריתי דטרחה לדידי ולדידה וחדא לדידך ולדידה משום דאמר לה קמי אורחי ופרחי מאן טרח: The mishna further said that if she brought him two maidservants, she does not need to cook and does not need to nurse her child. The Gemara infers: She must nevertheless perform the other tasks. The Gemara asks: Let the wife say to him: I brought you another woman who can toil for me and for herself, and one who can toil for you and for herself. Consequently, I do not need to do any work at all. The Gemara answers: This is also not a valid argument because he can say to her: Who is going to toil for the guests and wayfarers who will come because we are a large household? There are still other tasks that need to be performed.
שלש אינה מצעת המטה: הא שארא עבדא ותימא ליה עיילית לך אחריתי לאורחי ופרחי משום דאמר לה נפיש בני ביתא נפיש אורחי ופרחי The mishna further said that if she brought him three maidservants, she does not need to make his bed or make thread from wool. The Gemara infers: She must nevertheless perform the other tasks. The Gemara asks: Let her say to him: I brought you another woman to toil for the guests and wayfarers, in addition to one to toil for herself and for me, and another to toil for herself and for you. Therefore, I do not need to do any work at all. The Gemara answers: This is also not a valid argument because he can say to her: When the members of the house increase, the number of guests and wayfarers also increases and therefore there is still more work to be done.
אי הכי אפי' ארבע נמי ארבע כיון דנפישי להו מסייען אהדדי The Gemara asks: If so, then even if she brought him four maidservants as well, she should also have to work, as there will be many more guests. But the mishna says that if she brought four maidservants she does not need to do anything. The Gemara answers: When there are four, since there are many of them, they assist one another and can complete all the necessary tasks.
א"ר חנא ואיתימא ר' שמואל בר נחמני לא הכניסה לו ממש אלא כיון שראויה להכניס אע"פ שלא הכניסה תנא אחד שהכניסה לו ואחד שצמצמה לו משלה: Rav Ḥana, and some say Rav Shmuel bar Naḥmani, said: This does not necessarily mean that she actually brought him maidservants. Rather, once she is able to bring him maidservants, i.e., once her dowry is sufficiently large to buy maidservants, then she is exempt from performing the tasks, although she did not actually bring him maidservants. The Sages taught: Whether she brought him actual maidservants or whether she reduced her own needs in order to release enough money to bring a maidservant to work, she is exempt from the tasks.
ארבע יושבת בקתדרא: אמר רב יצחק בר חנניא אמר רב הונא אע"פ שאמרו יושבת בקתדרא אבל מוזגת לו כוס ומצעת לו את המטה ומרחצת לו פניו ידיו ורגליו § The mishna says that if she brought him four maidservants, she may sit in an chair and not do anything. Rav Yitzḥak bar Ḥananya said that Rav Huna said: Although they said that she may sit in a chair and does not need to work, she should still pour his cup; and make his bed; and wash his face, hands, and feet, as these responsibilities are not household tasks that can be delegated to a maidservant. Rather, they are gestures of affection toward her husband.
אמר רב יצחק בר חנניא אמר רב הונא כל מלאכות שהאשה עושה לבעלה נדה עושה לבעלה חוץ ממזיגת הכוס והצעת המטה והרחצת פניו ידיו ורגליו Rav Yitzḥak bar Ḥananya also said that Rav Huna said a similar halakha: All tasks that a wife performs for her husband, a menstruating woman may similarly perform for her husband, except for: Pouring his cup; and making his bed; and washing his face, hands, and feet. As explained above, these are acts of affection. If she is menstruating she should not perform them, so as not to lead to forbidden intercourse.
והצעת המטה אמר רבא לא אמרן אלא בפניו אבל שלא בפניו לית לן בה: ומזיגת הכוס שמואל מחלפא ליה דביתהו בידא דשמאלא אביי מנחא ליה אפומא דכובא רבא אבי סדיא רב פפא אשרשיפא And With regard to the prohibition against making the husband’s bed, Rava said: We said this only if she made the bed in front of him, but if it was not in front of him, we have no problem with it. With regard to the prohibition against pouring his cup, the Gemara comments: Shmuel’s wife would change her practice toward him during her menstruation period and pour with her left hand, since if she made some change in the manner of pouring, this would serve as a reminder of her status and mitigate the concern that it might lead to intimacy. Abaye’s wife would place his cup on top of a barrel, Rava’s wife would place it on his pillow, and Rav Pappa’s wife would place it on the bench to create a change.
אמר רב יצחק בר חנניא אמר רב הונא הכל משהין בפני השמש חוץ מבשר ויין אמר רב חסדא בשר שמן ויין ישן אמר רבא בשר שמן כל השנה כולה יין ישן בתקופת תמוז § Apropos statements by Rav Yitzḥak ben Ḥananya, the Gemara cites other statements in his name. Rav Yitzḥak bar Ḥananya said that Rav Huna said: All foods may be withheld from before the waiter, as one who is a waiter at the meal must wait until the guests have eaten from every food and only then may he eat, except for meat and wine, as these foods arouse the appetite more and the waiter would suffer if he could not eat them together with the other participants. Rav Ḥisda said: This is referring only to fatty meat and aged wine. Rava said: It applies to fatty meat all year round but aged wine only during the season of Tammuz, in the summer. Due to the heat, the aroma of the wine is more pervasive at that time.
אמר רב ענן בר תחליפא הוה קאימנא קמיה דמר שמואל ואייתו ליה תבשילא דארדי ואי לאו דיהב לי איסתכני אמר רב אשי הוה קאימנא קמיה דרב כהנא ואייתו ליה גרגלידי דליפתא בחלא ואי לאו דיהב לי איסתכני רב פפא אמר אפילו תמרתא דהנוניתא כללא דמילתא כל דאית ליה ריחא ואית ליה קיוהא Rav Anan bar Taḥalifa said: I was once standing before Mar Shmuel, and they brought him a cooked dish of mushrooms, and if he had not given me some, I would have been endangered due to the craving that I suffered. Rav Ashi said: I was once standing before Rav Kahana, and they brought him slices [gargelidei] of turnip in vinegar, and if he had not given me some, I would have been endangered. Rav Pappa said: Even a fragrant date should be offered to the waiter. The Gemara concludes: The principle of the matter is: One should offer some of everything that either has an aroma or that has a sharp taste to whomever is present when it is served, so that no one suffer by being unable to partake of these foods.
אבוה בר איהי ומנימין בר איהי חד ספי מכל מינא ומינא וחד ספי מחד מינא מר משתעי אליהו בהדיה ומר לא משתעי אליהו בהדיה It is related about two Sages, Avuh bar Ihi and Minyamin bar Ihi, that one of them was accustomed to give his waiter from every type of food that he ate, while the other one would give him only one of the types of food that he ate. The Gemara says: Elijah spoke with this Sage, but Elijah did not speak with that Sage, since he did not act with piety and caused his waiter to suffer.
הנהו תרתין חסידי ואמרי לה רב מרי ורב פנחס בני רב חסדא מר קדים ספי ומר מאחר ספי דקדים ספי אליהו משתעי בהדיה דמאחר ספי לא משתעי אליהו בהדיה Similarly, the Gemara relates an incident with regard to two pious men, and some say they were Rav Mari and Rav Pineḥas, the sons of Rav Ḥisda: One Sage would give the waiter something to eat before the meal, and the other Sage would give the waiter something to eat after the guests had eaten. With regard to the one who gave it to him earlier, Elijah spoke with him. But with regard to the one who gave it to him later, Elijah did not speak with him.
אמימר ומר זוטרא ורב אשי הוו קא יתבי אפיתחא דבי אזגור מלכא חליף ואזיל אטורנגא דמלכא חזייה רב אשי למר זוטרא The Gemara relates another incident with regard to this matter: Ameimar and Mar Zutra and Rav Ashi were sitting at the entrance to the house of King Izgur. The king’s chief butler was passing by with various foods. Rav Ashi saw Mar Zutra’s