When the Gemara asks מאי חנוכה, it quotes a short excerpt from מגילת תענית including the miracle of the oil. Does the gemara (and the Rambam) deliberately omit the rest of what is written including the re-dedication of the Beit HaMikdash? Chanukah and the prohibition of bal tosif.
What is the relationship between Shavuot and Matan Torah? Torah SheBichtav presents Shavuot as Chag HaKatzir, thanking Hashem for the harvest and cycle of nature. Sefirah in the Torah has nothing to do with Matan Torah, it links the korban omer to the wheat harvest.
Is the dual nature of Tisha B’Av as both a day of mourning and a taanit tzibur (public fast day), really 2 different aspects?
According to Rav Soloveitchik, Tisha B’Av is about crying. Kinot is supposed to bring us to fully understand the real calamity – the absence of Divine Providence.\ Click here for part 1
What is charoset? What is it’s significance on the night of the Seder? Some rishonim/achronim say it’s a fruit puree, some say it’s a vegetable puree.
Rav Ilson discusses How the Rambam, other Rishonim, the geonim, the Gemara, and Megillat Taanit approach at Chanukah & the differences between each approach.