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Mesopotamia, 1657 AM: Mesushelach died.

The mabul was supposed to start, why didn’t it? Because Mesushelach died. 

Rav says: “These were the days of mourning for the death of Mesushelach;” Rav teaches us the reason: “This is to teach you that eulogies for the righteous prevent calamities from ensuing.”

The Gemara gives us some insight about his personality. 

The passuk says: “And this shall be peace: When the Assyrian shall come into our land, and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight princes among men”. 

The Gemara asks: “Who are these seven shepherds?” 

The Gemara explains: “David is in the middle; Adam, Sheis, and Mesushelach are to his right; Avraham, Yaakov, and Moshe are to his left. And who are the eight princes among men? They are Yishai, Shaul, Shmuel, Amos, Tzephania, Tzidkiyah, Mashiach, and Eliyahu.”.

Source: Sanhedrin 108b; Sukkah 52b, Micah 5:4

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