REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf 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 ...
(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?
- ... fails to tear Keri'ah and mourn for an Adam Kasher?
- ... actually does?
(c) Why is anyone standing by the Meis when he dies obligated to tear
(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 ...
- ... that they had missed the boat, and that it was too late to tear Keri'ah?
- ... 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
On what grounds did Rav Chisda object ...
(b) How did they subsequently carry him out of the house?
- ... to that? What had Rav Tachlifa seen Rav Huna do in his lifetime?
- ... to the fact that, when they were unable to carry the bed through the narrow doorway, they contemplated carrying him away via the rooftops?
- ... 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?
(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
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
(a) On what grounds did Rav Yitzchak ...
Answers to questions
(b) Rabah bar Rav Huna and Rav Hamnuna both died at the same time and were
both being transported to Eretz Yisrael together.
- ... object when they wanted to place a Seifer-Torah on Rav Chisda's Aron after he died?
- ... bar Ami object when they declined to sew (even inexpertly) the garments on which they had torn Keri'ah after Rav Chisda's death?
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
(d) According to Rashi's second explanation, to whom was that child
referring when he mentioned in his Hesped ...
- ... 'Geza Yeshishim'?
- ... 'Seifer Milchamos'?
(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
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
(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 ... '.
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
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
About whom was this eulogy said?
(c) 'Oy Na Lah, Amrah Rekes, Ki Avdah K'lei Chemdasah', the Hesped
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.
Answers to questions
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
What happened ...
(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.
- ... to the busts of the kings when Rebbi Tanchum bar Chiya died?
- ... in Neherda'a when Rebbi Elyashiv died?
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?