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1)

What is the significance of "Chodesh ha'Aviv"?

1.

Rashi #1: Nisan is the month when the grain ripens on its stalks. 1

2.

Rashi #2: It means father (first), since it is the month in which the first ripens.

3.

Seforno: One should make sure that Pesach always falls in the month of Aviv, 2 by declaring leap-months and leap-years when necessary. 3

4.

Torah Temimah (in Devarim 16:1, citing the Sifri): Hashem deliberately took us out of Egypt in the month of spring, the ideal month to travel, since it is neither too hot nor too cold. 4 Refer to 13:4:1:1*.


1

It is also generally translated as 'the month of spring' (Refer to 23:15:1:4).

2

See also, Devarim 16:1.

3

As the Gemara explains in Rosh Hashanah, 21a (Seforno).

4

The Torah hints at this here, when it adds "Ki Bo Yatzasa mi'Egypt". .

2)

What does the Torah mean when it prohibits appearing before Hashem empty-handed?

1.

Rashi: It means that when performing the Mitzvah of Aliyas ha'Regel, one should take Olos to the Beis-Hamikdash.

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