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Tractate dealing with the laws of Chol Hamoed and bereavement

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English translation of Rashi Talmud Commentary

Are there any Rashi commentaries in English on Moed Katan? If not, does anyone know where I can find an accurate (non-Google translate) rendition of this: אפילו בספר עזרא - ספר תורה של עזרא ואני שמעתי ...
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Passing a sentence before asking questions?

Moed Katan 27b: when Rav Hamnuna once happened to come to a place called Darumata he heard the sound of a shofar announcing that a person had died in the town. When he saw some people doing work he ...
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How can we derive halachah from Uzziah's behavior?

Moed Katan 7b: Have you not taught us, our teacher, that King Jotham was only born to Uzziah, the king of Judah, during the days of his confirmed leprosy? This would indicate that a confirmed leper ...
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Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris on Moed Katan

Steinsaltz edition of Moed Katan cites a comment on daf 17a from Talmid Rabbeinu Yeĥiel of Paris. This doesn’t appear in Tosafot. Does anyone know where I might find it?
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How does Rashi elucidate on this passage?

Moed Katan 16b states that a righteous person can nullify the decree of God. How does Rashi explain this? Rashi says: צור ישראל - מושל באדם אני מי מושל בי צדיק מושל בי ומבטלה I have a vague idea of ...
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How can the mourner remarry within one month, if he has to wait two regalim?

Moed katan (21b): מתה אשתו ונשא אשה אחרת — אינו רשאי ליכנס לביתו לדבר עמו ]תנחומין, [כדי שלא לפגוע באשה החדשה. If it was the mourner’s wife who died and he married another woman within thirty ...
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Who can we write a will for on Hol Hamoed

The Mishnah in Moed Katan 3:3 says: וְאֵלּוּ כּוֹתְבִין בַּמּוֹעֵד ... דְּיָתֵיקֵי They may write the following documents during the festival: ... wills [of a dying person] The parenthetical ...
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Is everyone who dies in his 50s Chayav Kares?

I've come across a bunch of great Rabbanim: Poskim, Mekubalim and Tzadikim who passed away within their 50s. The Gemara in Moed Katan 28a says: אמר רבה: [מיתה] מחמשים ועד ששים שנה זו היא מיתת כרת....
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How can the Rambam say that Kiddushin is a Mitzvah, against the Gemara?

The Rambam in Hilchos Ishus 1:1 makes the following statement: כֵּיוָן שֶׁנִּתְּנָה תּוֹרָה נִצְטַוּוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁאִם יִרְצֶה הָאִישׁ לִשָּׂא אִשָּׁה יִקְנֶה אוֹתָהּ תְּחִלָּה בִּפְנֵי עֵדִים ...
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Why has it become common to say a drasha in a mourner's home?

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 ...
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What is a Mazal Tov? (A question on Rashi)

In Moed Qatan 27a, the gemara refers to a certain type of couch or stool as an ערסא דגדא: a couch of fortune. Rashi explains it as a couch that is only used for showcasing mazal tovs: מטה שמייחדים ...
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"Placing a Stumbling Block Before the Blind" in Moed Qatan 17a

In Moed Qatan 17a, the story is brought of Rebbi's handmaiden who placed somebody in nidui because she saw him striking his adult son. According to her, this was an infringement of the prohibition of ...
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When Tosfos refer to "Tosfos", who do they mean?

According to Wikipedia, the Tosfos to Moed Qatan were written by a student to a certain Rabbi Yitzhak. Do we know anything about who he was or where he lived? Specifically, to whom is he referring in ...
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The author of ‘commotion’

In the Talmud - Mas. Mo'ed Katan 16a, Pharaoh is called The author of ‘commotion’. As it is written: They called there, Pharaoh the king of Egypt [the author of] ‘commotion’; he hath let the ...
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Trying to Understand the Riddle of Bar Kappara

Bar Kappara (possibly Eliezer haKappar, possibly his son Shimon) was a tanna who was known, within the Talmud, for his unusual antics and unchecked speech. In Nedarim 51a, he causes Rebbi to laugh out ...
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Why isn't having a masechet with the name as the seder a concern in Taharot?

Kehati's introduction to Moed Katan says that it is not called Moed so as not to cause confusion, as the seder has the same name. However, this doesn't seem to be a concern for masechet Taharot in ...
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Why is death like release ropes of a boat?

The gemarah in moed katan (28b-29a) records two statements regarding the experience of death either being as difficult as passing a (knotted?) rope through a hole [Rashi explains this refers to ropes ...
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the tzaddik decrees it and HaKadosh Baruch Hu fulfills it

Someone mentioned that the Gemara in Mo'ed Katan (16b) says: צדיק גוזר והקב"ה מקים, the tzaddik decrees it and HaKadosh Baruch Hu fulfills it. I looked in Mo'ed Katan and could not find צדיק גוזר ...
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When was the first Beis Hamikdash built?

The Gemara in Moed Katan 9 said that the Beis Hamikdash was inaugurated right after being finished, while I've seen a Medrash that it was finished in Cheshvan and the inauguration was put on hold. ...
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sources that neatness brings brocho/mazal

I heard in a daf yomi shiur on the end of Moed Katan (27a ‘Couch of Fortune’) that Jews kept an extra neat bed for brocho/mazal. One of the reasons that he gave was that in general neatness brings ...
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What was Rav's relationship to R' Hiyyah?

In Mo'ed Katan (Bab. 20a) the Gemara relates a story about how Rav learned of the death of his parents from a conversation with R' Hiyyah. The Gemara tells us their relationship, and it's pretty ...
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Do mourners change their seats in shul today?

The g'mara on Moed Katan 23a says that after shiva, when the mourner stays at home, he can return to shul but does not sit in his usual seat. (According to this g'mara, he returns to his usual seat a ...
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Woman giving away husbands money

The gemorah in Moed Katan Daf 8a says, אמר רב כהנא אמר רב יהודה אמר רב מעשה באדם אחד שכינס מעות לעלות לרגל ובא ספדן ועמד על פתח ביתו ונטלתן אשתו ונתנתן לו ונמנע ולא עלה Rav Kahana said in the name of ...
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