Moed Katan

Moed Katan 5: The Right Path

August 17, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the fascinating features of the Talmud is how it seamlessly moves from topic to topic. The opening Mishnah of Moed Katan teaches that amongst the permitted activities on Chol Hamoed is to “mark the graves”, thus helping people to avoid impurity--something especially important at Yom Tov time. The Gemara asserts that this law is rooted in the Bible, and quotes various proof texts to demonstrate such; the last proof being...
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Some Opening Thoughts on Masechet Moed Katan

August 14, 2014 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Moed Katan has as its focus two contradictory themes: the laws of Chol Hamoed and of aveilut, mourning. Chol Hamoed is a time when we are obligated in the mitzvah of simcha, joy, whereas mourning is the time when we are obligated to be sad. The actions related to these mitzvoth—eating meat, drinking wine, wearing beautiful clothes, learning Torah, or conversely wearing torn clothes, the prohibition to study Torah, and at...
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