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Moed Katan 18


(a) What did Shmuel ask Pinchas his brother when he went to pay him a Shiv'ah visit?

(b) What did Pinchas' reply? Why was his reply out of order?

(c) How did Shmuel later react to Pinchas thoughtlessness, when the latter then had to pay him a return visit?

(d) In view of what we have learned regarding someone who throws his nails on the floor, how can we justify what Shmuel did?

2) We learn the concept that a covenant is made with one's lips from a number of sources.
From which Pasuk in the Akeidah does Rebbi Yochanan in our Sugya derive it?


(a) Is there any difference between the finger-nails and the toe-nails in this regard?

(b) Why might we have thought that there is?

(c) How does Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav qualify the concession of cutting one's nails during Aveilus?

(a) Rav Sh'man bar Aba found Rebbi Yochanan in the Beis-Hamedrash on Chol ha'Mo'ed cutting his nails with his teeth. Besides the obvious Heter to cut one's nails (with a Shinuy) on Chol ha'Mo'ed, what other two things do we learn from Rebbi Yochanan?

(b) What is someone called who ...

  1. ... throws his nails on the floor?
  2. ... buries them?
  3. ... who burns them?
(c) What is the reason for all this?

(d) Throwing one's nails on the floor of the Beis Hamedrash is nevertheless permitted on the grounds that women do not frequent the Beis Hamedrash. Why are we not afraid that they might be swept up and thrown outside, to a location where women *do* go?

(a) Rebbi permitted a pair who came from Chamsan to cut their nails.
What would he have permitted further had they asked him (according to Rav or the Tana of a Beraisa - according to Shmuel, they actually did ask him and he permitted it)?

(b) Which part of the mustache is permitted?

(c) What did Rav Nachman bar Yitzchak rule concerning himself? Why was that?

(a) Why is Par'oh described in Daniel as "Sh'fal Anashim"?

(b) What do we learn about Par'oh from the Pasuk in va'Eira "Hinei Yotz'ei ha'Maymah"?

(c) Our Mishnah permits specific people to wash their clothes on Chol ha'Mo'ed and specific clothes to be washed.
How do we then justify ...

1. ... Rav Asi Amar Rebbi Yochanan, who permits someone who has only one shirt to wash his clothes' too (even though he is not listed in our Mishnah among those people who may)?
2. ... another statement quoted in his name, where he permits the washing of linen clothes on Chol ha'Mo'ed (even though they are not listed in our Mishnah among the clothes that are permitted)?
(d) Rav Heidaya tried to support Rebbi Yochanan's second statement with first-hand evidence that he had seen with his own eyes (the Sea of Teverya teeming with linen clothes being washed on Chol ha'Mo'ed).
What did Abaye have to say about that? How did he refute Rav Heidaya's proof?
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(a) Our Mishnah permits writing a variety of documents on Chol ha'Mo'ed: documents of betrothal and divorce, receipts, wills and gifts.
What is ...
  1. ... a P'ruzbul?
  2. ... an Igeres Shum?
  3. ... an Igeres Mazon?
(b) A document of Chalitzah too, is permitted, and so are decrees of Beis-Din.
What is ...
  1. ... a Sh'tar Miy'un?
  2. ... a Sh'tar Birurin?
  3. ... an Igeres shel Reshus?
(c) Why did Chazal permit all of these on Chol ha'Mo'ed (see Tosfos DH 've'Eilu')?
(a) Shmuel permits betrothal on Chol ha'Mo'ed in case someone else catches the woman first.
Why is there no proof for this from ...
  1. ... our Mishnah, which permits the writing of Sh'tarei Kidushin? What are Sh'tarei P'sikta?
  2. ... the Mishnah on 8b., 'Ein Nos'in Nashim be'Mo'ed', implying that betrothal is permitted?
(b) There is a Tana de'Bei Shmuel however, that bears out Shmuel, explicitly forbidding marriage, but permitting betrothal. The Tana does however, qualify the concession of betrothal.
What does it forbid?

(c) Is a Yavam permitted to make Yibum on Chol ha'Mo'ed?

(a) Shmuel says that each day, a Bas-Kol makes two announcements.
What are they?

(b) Then how can Shmuel permit betrothal on Chol ha'Mo'ed in case someone else betrothes the woman first? Is that at all possible?

(c) What did Rava tell that man whom he overheard Davening for a certain woman?

(d) The man subsequently changed the wording of his prayer.
What did ...

  1. ... he then begin praying?
  2. ... Rava tell him when he again overheard him Davening?
(a) What does Rav (or a Beraisa) quoting Rebbi Reuven ben Itzrubli learn from Lavan and Besuel's reaction to Eliezer's amazing success in finding the right Shiduch for Yitzchak, in spite of their efforts to the contrary? What did Lavan and Besuel say?

(b) How do we learn the same thing from a Pasuk ...

  1. ... in Nevi'im regarding Shimshon's parents? What does the Pasuk say there about them?
  2. ... in Kesuvim (Mishlei)? What does the Pasuk say regarding a house and wealth, and a wise woman?
(a) And what does Rav (or a Beraisa) quoting Rebbi Reuven ben Itzrubli also say about someone who is suspected of having done something when he really did not do it, either whole or even in part? What will he have been guilty of, even if he did not think about doing such a thing?

(b) How do we reconcile this with the Pasuk in Melachim, where Yisrael accused Hashem (Kevayachol) of having done wicked things, and the Pasuk in Tehilim, which records how Yisrael accused Moshe of adultery?

(c) Then why did Rebbi Yossi express the wish that his lot should be with those who were suspected of having done things of which they were innocent (and Rav Papa who stated that this had happened to him)?

(a) One only contends with a rumor, if the person concerned has no enemies. If he has, it is meaningless.
How long must a rumor persist to be classified as 'Kala de'Lo Pasik' (of which we spoke in the previous question)?

(b) If the rumor stopped for a short while during that day and a half period, then it is considered a 'Kala de'Pasik'.
When will this not be the case?

(c) When will a broken rumor be considered a 'Kala de'Lo Pasik' even if it stopped in the middle of the thirty-six hours (not out of fear)?

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