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prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Moed Katan 29
MOED KATAN 28 & 29 - anonymously dedicated by an Ohev Torah and Marbitz
Torah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.
(a) Rebbi Chanina compares the pain that one experiences as the Neshamah
departs from the body to forcing a knotted rope through the hole of a mast -
Rebbi Yochanan describe it as tearing apart two ropes that tie two ships
(b) Rebbi Levi learns from the Pasuk "ve'Ata Tavo el Avosecha *be'Shalom*" -
that when taking leave from a dead person one says 'Lech *be*'Shalom'.
(c) And he learns from ...
1. ... David ha'Melech, who said to Avshalom "Lech *be*'Shalom" - that one
should never say this to someone who is alive, because Avshalom was
subsequently killed (and David never saw him again).
2. ... Moshe Rabeinu, who said to Yisro "Lech *le*'Shalom" - that *that* is
the correct thing to say to a live person, since Yisro then came close to
the Shechinah (he convert to Judaism). The reason for this is because "Lech
*le*'Shalom" implies moving forward towards peace, whereas "Lech
*be*'Shalom" implies remaining static (Ritva).
(a) Rebbi Levi learns from the Pasuk "Yeilchu me'Chayil el Chayil Yera'eh el
Elokim be'Tziyon" - that someone who goes from the Beis ha'K'nesses to the
Beis-ha'Medrash, and from the Beis ha'Medrash to the Beis ha'K'nesses, will
merit to receive the Shechinah.
***** Hadran Alach ve'Eilu Megalchin u'Selika Lah Maseches Moed Katan *****
(b) Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav learns from the same Pasuk that just as
Talmidei-Chachamim know no rest in this world (because they are always
striving to reach new heights), so too, will they know no rest in the World
to Come, as they ascend from one level of Gan Eden to another.
On to Chagigah