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Moed Katan 8


(a) The Beraisa learns from "u've'Yom Heira'os ... " that there are days on which the Kohen is forbidden to examine the 'Metzora'. Abaye learns this from the extra 'Vav' in "u've'Yom".
What does Rava say?

(b) According to Abaye, the word "Yom" itself is needed to teach us that the Kohen may only examine Tzara'as by day and not by night. Initially, Rava learns that from "le'Chol Mar'ei Einei ha'Kohen".
What does Abaye learn from there?

(c) In fact, Rava agrees with that.
How does he then preclude night-time (from the Pasuk "ke'Nega Nir'ah Li ba'Bayis")?

(d) Why does Abaye require two Pesukim ("ke'Nega Nir'ah Li ba'Bayis" and "u've'Yom Heira'os ... ") to preclude night-time from the examination of Nega'im?

(a) What is the purpose of 'Likut Atzamos' (collecting the bones of one's parents)?

(b) On what grounds does Rebbi Meir permit Likut Atzamos on Chol ha'Mo'ed?

(c) What does Rebbi Yossi say?

(a) 'Lo Ye'orer al Meiso'.
What does this mean? For how long before Yom-Tov is it forbidden?

(b) What else is forbidden within thirty days of Yom-Tov?

(c) When should someone who performs Likut Atzamos of his parents mourn, and when does he stop?

(d) What does Rav Chisda say about someone whose parents' bones are wrapped in a cloth and he doesn't see them?

(a) Having just learned that Likut Atzamos causes mourning and not joy, how will we have to amend Rebbi Meir's statement "Mipnei she'Simchah Hi Lo"?

(b) Our Mishnah prohibits making a Hesped within thirty days of Yom-Tov. Rav Yehudah Amar Rav ascribes the thirty-day period to an unfortunate episode that occurred in connection with eulogizers.
What was it?

(c) What reason does Shmuel ascribe to the thirty days?

(d) What is the practical difference between Rav and Shmuel?

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(a) Why is ...
  1. ... digging (in advance) Kuchin and Kevaros forbidden on Chol ha'Mo'ed?
    What is the difference between 'Kuchin' and 'Kevaros'?
  2. ... making a Nivreches permitted? What is a 'Nivreches'?
(b) Under what condition is one permitted to construct a coffin for a dead person on Chol ha'Mo'ed?

(c) Rebbi Yehudah is more stringent than the Tana Kama.
What does he say?

(a) Our Mishnah permits 'Chinuch' of the Kuchin on Chol ha'Mo'ed. Rav Yehudah explains this to mean shortening them if they are too long.
How does the Tana of the Beraisa explain it?

(b) The Nivreches permitted in our Mishnah is described as Beki'a, yet the Beraisa mentions both Nivreches and Beki'a.
How does Abaye (or Rav Kahana) explain this?

(c) All the needs of a Meis are permitted on Chol ha'Mo'ed.
Which two needs, besides sawing the planks for his coffin, does the Tana of the Beraisa specifically mention?

(d) The Tana of the Beraisa (concurring with the opinion of Rebbi Yehudah of our Mishnah) permits only sawing planks that were already sawn before Yom-Tov.
What does Raban Shimon ben Gamliel permit one to do if no such planks are available?

(a) A Chasan is forbidden to marry on Chol ha'Mo'ed.
What reason does the Tana give for this prohibition?

(b) Does the prohibition apply to marrying ...

  1. ... a widow?
  2. ... one's Yevamah?
  3. ... one's ex-wife?
(c) A woman is permitted to make her ornaments on Chol ha'Mo'ed.
On what grounds does Rebbi Yehudah forbid the application of a lime-pack?
8) A non-expert may sew normally.
How about a tailor?


(a) How do Rav Yehudah Amar Shmuel and others explain the prohibition of marrying because it is a Simchah? So what if it is?

(b) Rav has a different approach. He derives the prohibition from the Pasuk in Re'ei "ve'Samachta be'Chagecha".
What does he derive from there?

(c) Ula attributes the prohibition to the trouble involved (which interferes with the Mitzvah of Simchas Yom-Tov).
What fourth reason is given by Rebbi Yitzchak Nafcha?

(d) Why does the Beraisa which permits marriage on *Erev* Yom-Tov present all four opinions with a Kashya?

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