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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 together.

(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.

(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.

***** Hadran Alach ve'Eilu Megalchin u'Selika Lah Maseches Moed Katan *****

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