More Discussions for this daf
1. Leitzim and Badchanim 2. The Order in Maseches Sotah 3. "Sakanah sheb'Yeridah"
4. ORPAH, MOTHER OF GOLIATH 5. Milchamah Between Jews¿ 6. מה שוטר שיש ממונה על גביו

Tuvel, Hersh asked:

Is there a Talmudic mokor for a badchan specifically? (Grammer are common at weddings and shevah brochas-and I assume they are the same as a badchan)

More generall what does the Gemorrah say about humour as I tend to remember a story that a sage said that two people would have Oilam Habah as they made people laugh and presumably relieved their worries/stress? (Of course I could be remembering a chassic story rather than a Gemorah).

How is this different to a moishav leitzim?

The Kollel replies:

The Gemara that alludes to humor is found in Ta'anis 25a (even though with regard to a Chasunah, we find the opposite, that we must remember the Churban and day of death at a wedding, as mentioned in Berachos 31a. However, it is also necessary to rejoice at a wedding, as we find with regard to Bar Kapara and Rebbi in Maseches Nedarim 51a).

Rejoicing, and allowing humor to lift one's soul and revive his joy, is different than being a Leitz. A Leitz mocks and belittles everything, especially that which involves growth in Avodas Hash-m. The genuine Badchan makes people happy and enjoy Divrei Torah and words of comfort.

M. Kornfeld