A similar question asked "Which masechtot don't really have Rashi?" which proceeded to list the Masechtot (Nedarim, Nazir, Moed Kattan) & parts of Shas (most of Bava Basra, last 4 daf of Makkos) that don't have Rashi's commentary.

Do we know why we don't have Rashi's commentary for these Masechtot? (I know he "died" a few times in Shas)

Were they not written? Did we lose them at some point? Something else?

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I had always thought that he was in middle of several tractates at the same time, thus when he died, there was an abrupt stop in the aforementioned uncompleted tractates.

  • Right- so is that the reason? He died before he could get to them/ complete them? (and if so, is there a source for that's the reason why we don't have them?)
    – alicht
    Jan 29, 2019 at 15:22
  • If I recall correctly, in one of the Masechtot, Rashba"m (who I think was Rashi's grandson?) comments something like, "Don't pay attention to what Rash"i said on such a page. He was senile when he wrote that..."
    – DanF
    Jan 29, 2019 at 21:11
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    Please source that.
    – Dr. Shmuel
    Jan 29, 2019 at 21:39

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