Both Rashi and the Tosephoth allude to a case which justifies
the rule given here, where a woman actually carried a living
child in a coffin, in order to avoid the suspicion of an
assignation she had made with a man, who set out to join her.
But the Tosephoth, after noticing this version of Rashi, gives
another more to the point. The story in the Tosephoth is to this
effect:--A woman was once weeping and groaning over the grave of
her husband, and not very far away was a man who was guarding
the corpse of a person who had been crucified. In the moment of
mourning an affection sprung up between the two, and in the
engrossment of it the corpse which the man guarded was stolen.
He was in great trepidation for fear of the king's command. The
woman said, "Don't be afraid; exhume my husband, and hang him up
instead." This was accordingly done. (See _Kiddushin_, fol. 80,
There were two date trees in the Valley of Hinnom from between which
smoke ascended, and this is the gate of hell.
THE TALMUD, _Succah_, fol. 32, col. 2.