Day: February 6, 2022

Moed Katan 25

Early on in today’s daf (Moed Katan 25a) a ‘suggestion’ is made that children die young because their parents did not mourn the death of an upright person – which parallels a number of similar ‘suggestions’ mentioned elsewhere (Shabbat 32b) which also attribute the death of children to various transgressions of their parents.You will note…

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Moed Katan 24

The Mishna (Moed Katan 3:7) at the end of today’s daf (Moed Katan 24b) states that only the seven closest relatives (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, spouse) of someone who has died on Chol HaMoed tear their clothes, wear non-leather shoes, and eat a mourner’s meal.As we shall see in the upcoming daf (Moed…

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Moed Katan 23

We are taught in today’s daf (Moed Katan 23a-b) that there was a dispute between בני יהודה (the Judeans) and בני גלילא (the Galileans) about whether יש אבלות בשבת – ‘there is mourning on Shabbat’ or אין אבלות בשבת – ‘there is no mourning on Shabbat’.It is noteworthy that from the Gemara alone it is…

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Moed Katan 22

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 22b) speaks about קריעה – the tefach-long tear that a mourner rips into their clothes upon the death of a close family member, and on first glance, קריעה is purely a destructive act.However, as the Rambam makes clear in his Hilchot Shabbat 10:10, the קריעה performed by a mourner does have…

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Moed Katan 21

Today’s daf (Moed Katan 21b) informs us that a mourner is forbidden בשאילת שלום (which is generally translated as meaning ‘to greet others’ although, as I will explain below, it means so much more than this), while we are also taught that we do not greet mourners in the usual fashion.As I explained in my…

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