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Occasionally when learning gemara one comes across an incredibly long and daunting Tosfot like s.v. Parah on Bava Kama 76a or an "iceberg"[1] such as s.v. Mah on Yoma 82a-b. (These are just examples.)

So, what is the longest Tosfot in Shas?


[1] You can't see the majority of an iceberg, as it's underwater.


Edit: if people post serious suggestions in the comments here, I can analyze word counts for individual tosfots. But please make it your best guess after considering the suggestions already made. And please link to the daf on hebrewbooks.

  • Longest in word count? – msh210 Feb 16 '12 at 17:14
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    @msh210 Or letters. I don't really care. Lines are not practical because of shape changes on the daf and I doubt there will be a difference in ranking between words and letters. That's why I didn't specify. – Double AA Feb 16 '12 at 17:16
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    There's a pretty funny juxtaposition on Bava Kamma 107a, too, where one of the longest Tosafos is followed by one with a grand total of four words ("הכל מפורש בכמה מקומות"). Although by the looks of it, that one is still shorter than your example from Yoma. – Alex Feb 16 '12 at 20:38
  • Of all the suggestions here, the longest so far is Yoma 82 with 1367 words and 7088 characters. Also is Menachot 22b with 1379 words and 6996 characters. May depend exactly what you count as a word or not. But those two are pretty close. Zevachim 71 is 1317 words and 6938 characters. – Double AA Jun 29 '17 at 21:23
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חגיגה כא ע''א, מנחות כב ע''ב זבחים עא ע''א, יומא נו ע''א,נזיר לו ע''ב all have enormous תוספות.

  • Is one of them the longest? – Double AA Feb 16 '12 at 23:29
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    Another one is on Zevachim 60b-61a. – Alex Feb 16 '12 at 23:32
  • @Alex , moses, see edits to the question. – Double AA Feb 16 '12 at 23:41

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