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Prepared by R. Yakov Blinder
of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
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MOED KATAN 28 & 29 - anonymously dedicated by an Ohev Torah and Marbitz
Torah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.
1) ELABORATION OF MISHNAH'S STATEMENT ON 27a, 4:c
(a) There is a dispute as to which women this rule (not
placing their bier in the street) applies to.
2) DIFFERENT KINDS OF DEATH
1. Neharda'ei: It applies only to women who died in
(b) The Gemara then discusses the deaths of Aharon and
2. R.Elazar: It applies to all women. He backs up his
opinion with a Pasuk.
(a) A Beraisa discusses different levels of suddenness of
(b) The Beraisa also discusses ages of people who die:
1. Death at fifty is what Kares is.
(c) Rava: Not only is death at fifty Kares, but so is death
from fifty to sixty. The Beraisa did not say this
explicitly out of respect to Shmuel, who died at
2. Death at fifty-two is like Shmuel's death.
3. Death at sixty is what Misah Bidei Shamayim is.
4. Death at seventy is considered reaching old age.
5. Death at eighty is considered having reached the
stage of unusually long life ("strength").
(d) At this point the Gemara tells several stories about
various rabbis and their encounters with the angel of
3) MISHNAH - MOURNING GESTURES ON SEMI-HOLIDAYS
(a) Women may do Me'aneh on C.H., but should not do
4) ABOUT DIRGES AND EULOGIES
1. R. Yishmael disagrees, and allows Metape'ach for the
women standing next to the bier.
(b) On Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and Purim women may do
Metape'ach, but not Mekonen. After the burial, the
Me'aneh and Metape'ach actions must stop.
(c) Definitions: Me'aneh is when all the women rectie a dirge
together. Mekonen is when one leads and the others
(d) Happy ending: In the future there will be no more death.
(a) The Gemara brings several samples of dirges that women
used to say about different types of people.
5) MORE ETIQUETTE FOR MOURNERS AND COMFORTERS
(b) A Beraisa talks about reciprocity in mourning: The more
one mourns and eulogizes (etc.) others, the more these
will be done for him when the time comes.
(c) A Beraisa tells the story of the death of R. Yishmael's
sons and the consolations offered by his four great
(a) R. Yochanan: The consolers should not say anything until
the mourner begins the conversation.
(b) R. Avahu: The mourner should sit at the head of the
table. This is derived from a Pasuk.
1. R. Chama Bar Chanina: A groom should also sit at the
head of the table. This is derived from a Pasuk.