- What is exactly does this mean? I assume it isn't just a euphemism for a painless death
- Were there others who also "merited" this?
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in Devarim 32:50, G-d told Moshe that he would die as Aron, right? I found this
So, would not the "kiss of death" be another way of saying "according to G-d's word", and not like as a literal "kiss"?
As pointed out in the comments, the Talmud (Berachot 8A) says that there are 903 types of death in the world, and the least painful one is a kiss. From the way Rashi explains it, it appears that the pain refers to the separating of the soul from the body.
The Talmud explains that the Kiss of Death is likened to removing a hair from milk. This does not require any forceful separation at all.
The Talmud (Baba Batra 17A) (and Rashi) explain that "The Kiss of Death" means that G-d Himself took their soul, not the Angel of Death. The Talmud their says that 6 were not killed by the Angel of Death, but rather G-d Himself took their souls. They are:
The Rambam at the end of Volume 3, Chapter 51 of his Guide to the Perplexed, explains that this form of death is when the prophets meditate so much about the greatness of G-d, and their desire to cleave to G-d is so strong that their soul leaves their body.
He says all prophets had a lower form of this, but Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam experienced the epitome of this, which is why the Talmud singles them out. (I'm assuming he doesn't mention the Avot, because he's focusing on the verse "By the mouth of G-d" which is where the Talmud learns that Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam passed away in this manner.)