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Moed Katan 25

MOED KATAN 24, 25 - anonymously dedicated by an Ohev Torah and Marbitz Torah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.


(a) What does the Tana mean when he writes in a Beraisa 'Chacham she'Meis, ha'Kol K'rovav'? What are the three ramifications of this statement?

(b) Our Mishnah says that only a relation tears Keri'ah (a well as uncovering his shoulders and serving the Se'udas Havra'ah) on Chol ha'Mo'ed. To which type of Meis, besides a Chacham, does this statement not apply?

(c) When must anyone (even a non-relative) tear Keri'ah, even if the Meis is neither a relative, nor a Chacham nor an Adam Kasher?

(a) What happens to someone who ...
  1. ... fails to tear Keri'ah and mourn for an Adam Kasher?
  2. ... actually does?
(b) What is wrong with the original wording of the Beraisa - that one's children die young to induce one to mourn the loss of an Adam Kasher?

(c) Why is anyone standing by the Meis when he dies obligated to tear Keri'ah?

(a) When Rav Safra died, the Chachamim did not tear Keri'ah because, they argued, they never learned anything from him. Abaye objected for two reasons: one of them, because the Beraisa does not say '*ha'Rav* she'Meis', but '*Chacham* she'Meis'.
What is the second reason?

(b) And what did Abaye tell them when they thought ...

  1. ... that they had missed the boat, and that it was too late to tear Keri'ah?
  2. ... that, in that case, they should tear immediately without making a Hesped?
(a) When Rav Huna died, they wanted to place a Seifer-Torah on the bed where he lay.
On what grounds did Rav Chisda object ...
  1. ... to that? What had Rav Tachlifa seen Rav Huna do in his lifetime?
  2. ... to the fact that, when they were unable to carry the bed through the narrow doorway, they contemplated carrying him away via the rooftops?
  3. ... to the fact that they then planned to move him on to a smaller bed, and carry him out through the existing doorway? What was the source for his objection?
(b) How did they subsequently carry him out of the house?

(c) Based on Rebbi Aba's Hesped, why did the Shechinah not rest on Rav Huna?

(d) On what grounds then, did Hashem appear to Yechezkel in Chutz la'Aretz (according to Rashi's second explanation)?

(a) Under which circumstances is one obligated to make a Shurah and to say Birchas Aveilim and Tanchumei Aveilim on a Meis that is in transit?

(b) Then why did Rebbi Chanina (and some say, also Rebbi Ila) not pay respects to the Aron of Rav Huna, when it arrived in Eretz Yisrael on its way to be buried?

(c) On what grounds were Rebbi Ami and Rebbi Asi initially prepared to go and greet Rav Huna immediately?

(d) Why did they bury him beside Rebbi Chiya?

(a) On what basis did Rav Chaga volunteer to bury Rav Huna's coffin next to Rebbi Chiya? What connection did he have with him?

(b) What did he once witness Rav Huna doing?

(c) Yehudah and Chizkiyah Rebbi Chiya's sons, were buried beside their father.
What did the former say to the latter when Rav Chaga entered with Rav Huna's coffin?

(d) How did Rav Chaga avoid getting burnt? What was it that almost burnt him?

(a) On what grounds did Rav Yitzchak ...
  1. ... object when they wanted to place a Seifer-Torah on Rav Chisda's Aron after he died?
  2. ... bar Ami object when they declined to sew (even inexpertly) the garments on which they had torn Keri'ah after Rav Chisda's death?
(b) Rabah bar Rav Huna and Rav Hamnuna both died at the same time and were both being transported to Eretz Yisrael together.
Why did the camels stop when they reached a narrow bridge?

(c) What happened to that Arab who arbitrated, deciding that Rabah bar Rav Huna should be taken across first, and the camels complied with his decision?

(d) According to Rashi's second explanation, to whom was that child referring when he mentioned in his Hesped ...

  1. ... 'Geza Yeshishim'?
  2. ... 'Seifer Milchamos'?
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(a) Bar Kipuk the eulogizer, told Rav Ashi that, when he died, he would say in his eulogy 'If the flame set the *cedars* alight, then what should the *ivy* do'?
What did he mean?

(b) What similar analogy did he draw to fish?

(c) Which two points caused his rival Bar Avin to object to his eulogy?

(d) *He* intended to say, he concluded, that one should cry for the mourners and not for the lost article, seeing as the latter were going to rest, and it was the former who would suffer the loss.
What was wrong with that?

(a) What is the significance of Rava's statement, that neither Bar Kipuk nor Bar Avin could make Chalitzah? What does that have to do with our Sugya?

(b) What sort of Hesped did Bar Kipuk and Bar Avin make when Rav Ashi ultimately died?

(c) What did Rava mean when he said that a third had reached the river Diglas? To whom was he referring?

(d) Rava then asked Bar Avin to pray.
What was the gist of his prayer?

(a) When they buried Rav Chanin, the Nasi's son, that eulogizer said 'Simchah le'Tugah Nehefchah, Sason ve'Yagon Nidbaku ... '.
To which incident was he referring?

(b) What did they call Rebbi Chanin's son?

(c) Rebbi Yitzchak ben Elazar was referring to Rebbi Yochanan, when he echoed the Pasuk in Amos "ve'Hayah ba'Yom ha'Hu, ve'Heiveisi ha'Shemesh ba'Tzaharayim".
To whom had Rebbi Yochanan himself attributed the Pasuk?

(a) On the day that Rebbi Yochanan died, Rebbi Ami observed the Dinim of Shiv'ah and Sh'loshim.
Was that the Halachah?

(b) 'Bavel carried him and bore him, Eretz Yisrael reared the one of whom it was fond'.
About whom was this eulogy said?

(c) 'Oy Na Lah, Amrah Rekes, Ki Avdah K'lei Chemdasah', the Hesped continued.
What is Rekes better-known as?

(a) When Rebbi Avahu died, the pillars of Casaeria 'shed tears', when Rebbi Yossi died, blood flowed along the gutters of Tzipori.
What happened to the stars and the trees respectively, when Rebbi Ya'akov and Rebbi Asi died?

(b) When Rebbi Chiya died, arches of fire were seen in the sky, and when Rebbi Menachem b'Rebbi Sima'i died, all the faces on the idols and on the coins melted.
What happened ...

  1. ... to the busts of the kings when Rebbi Tanchum bar Chiya died?
  2. ... in Neherda'a when Rebbi Elyashiv died?
(c) When Rav Hamnuna died, arches of ice fell from the sky, and when Rabah and Rav Yosef died (not at the same time), the arches of the bridges that spanned the Peras broke and the broken ends touched each other.
The same thing happened to the arches of the bridge that spanned the River Diglas. At the death of which famour pair of Amora'im (who did not die at the same time either) did this occur?

(d) What did the palm-trees do when Rav Mesharshaya died?

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