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July 8, 2011 / 6 Tammuz, 5771
MOED KATAN: CHAPTER 3: MISHNAH 7

Rabbi Adam Feldman
MOED KATAN: CHAPTER 3: MISHNAH 7

One may not tear, nor lay bare, nor are they offered refreshment, except by the relatives of the dead; and they offer refreshment only on an upright couch. And they may not bring to the house of the mourner on a tabla, nor in an iskutla nor in the kanon, but in baskets. And they may not recite the mourners' blessing during the Moed, but they stand in the row and they console and they dismiss the public.

This Mishnah is concerned with the situation when a funeral takes place during the intermediate days of a festival (Passover or Sukkot) but Shiva and Shloshim have not yet begun because it is still the Festival. The Rabbis thought about many specific situations during this time including whether the mourner should wear a torn garment, the meal for mourners, how or if mourners should greet people or be greeted and whether the mourner should join in the Kaddish if s/he is in synagogue and the Mourner's Kaddish is recited. The opinion of most authorities was that observance of these customs should not begin until after the conclusion of the Festival. Many people may find these rulings difficult especially the delay in reciting the Mourners Kaddish for almost an entire week. As in the previous situations we have studied, public displays of mourning are discouraged until the Festival is over.

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Rabbi Adam Feldman became the spiritual leader of The Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey, n the summer of 2005 after serving for six years as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY. He received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York in 1999. His formal education included receiving a BA from Rutgers University in Hebraic Studies, participating in the USY NATIV Leadership Program in Israel as well as studying at the Hebrew University and Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. Prior to Rabbinical School, Rabbi Feldman worked for many years in synagogue and Jewish communal work, including working as a Program Director and senior staff member in national youth organizations and other prominent synagogues.

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mizrahibegins this week in Costa Mesa California.
This is OUR chance to listen, to see and to talk to Hazzanim Alberto Mizrahi, Steve Stoehr and Joanna Dulkin in the relaxed setting of the FJMC.
See 100 Voices with the stars in the room!
For five exciting days WE will learn, meet new friends and greet long-time friends ... and take it all back home to help OUR local Men's Club and Region.
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