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If I understand the top of Mo'ed Kattan 23a correctly, it says that one should not say aggadah in a mourner's home. (The phrasing immediately after says that they did this after Rav Chananiah ben Gamliel's death. However, I understand that this was an exception and not another opinion that everyone may do so.)

I have seen in almost every moruner's home during shiva that the rav or someone else recites a mishnah or some other halacha between mincha & Ma'aric in teh mourner's home. If it is, in fact, halacha that one may not recite Aggadah (I assume Divrei Torah is the same idea) in a mourner's home, how are they allowed to do this?

  • Are you assuming the mourner isn't there at the moment? Or are they careful to only discuss sad Halakhot? (A mourner is strictly prohibited from learning regular/happy Torah during Shiva, as on Tisha bAv.) – Double AA Jul 17 '17 at 18:45
  • @DoubleAA The mourner is almost always in the room at that time, from what I have seen. I have seen 1 or 2 occasions when the rav discussed halachot that are "neutral" such as hilchot chametz (as Pesach was approaching, then.) – DanF Jul 17 '17 at 21:48
  • a mourner is completely forbidden from learning about chametz during shiva, just like a regular Jew on Tisha bav – Double AA Jul 17 '17 at 21:50
  • @DoubleAA So, essentially, the Gemara allows only "sad" topic in the mourner's home? If this is so, how do we learn this from the Gemara, or how is that deduced? – DanF Jul 17 '17 at 22:13
  • The Gemara says explicitly a mourner is forbidden to learn Torah on Moed Katan 21a. Again this is just like on Tisha bAv. I'm not sure why you're confused. I haven't said anything about what is permitted in a mourner's home, only what a mourner can learn. – Double AA Jul 18 '17 at 12:20

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