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1. Go'el ha'Dam in an Ir Miklat? 2. The Go'el ha'Dam and Eidim Zomemim 3. Rotze'ach In Mid-Air Over the Ir Miklat

Rabbi Eli Liff asks:

The Gemara in Makos 12b explains that according to Rebbi Yehudah, if the trunk of a tree is in an Ir Miklat and its branches extend out of the Ir Miklat, a Go'el Ha'dam may use the trunk as a step to climb up the tree and kill the Rotze'ach - who is sitting on a branch of the tree.

But I thought there was no entry for Go'alei ha'Dam into the Ir Miklat - how did he get to the trunk inside of the city in the first place!

Rabbi Eli Liff, Har Nof, Yerushalayim

The Kollel replies:

The Mishnah in Makos 11b tells us that even the Techum, or 2000 Amah vicinity, of the Ir Miklat is Kolet. Although the Arei Miklat certainly had walls, and would have guards preventing entry to Go'alei ha'Dam, there could not have been a wall around its Techum.

Thus, the Gemara is referring to a tree at the edge of the Techum of the Ir Miklat, to which the Go'el would have easy access.

Best wishes,

Mordecai Kornfeld

Kollel Iyun Hadaf