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Rav Chaim Ilson

Rav Chaim Ilson

Chanukah from the Perspective of Sefer HaMitzvos

May 3, 2018, by

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.

Shavuot: Chag HaKatzir and Zman Matan Torateinu

April 11, 2018, by

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.