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1)

How often did the Kohanim need to ignite the fire on the Mizbe'ach?

1.

Rashi (Yoma, 27b): Every morning, prior to the Tamid shel Shachar, 1 they arranged the Ma'arachah and ignited the fire.


1

In fulfillment of the Pasuk (7:5) "veha'Eish al ha'Mizbe'ach Tukad bo Lo Sichbeh" (Rashi, Ibid).

2)

Seeing as fire descended from Heaven to burn the Korbanos, why did the Kohanim need to light a fire on the Mizbe'ach at all?

1.

Rashi: Despite the fact that fire descended from Heaven to burn the Korbanos, 1 it is nevertheless a Mitzvah on the Kohanim to participate in the burning process.


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

3)

Why does the Torah say "[Bnei Aharon] ha'Kohen"? It should say "ha'Kohanim"!

1.

Rashi: To teach us that Aharon may serve only when he wears his [eight] garments. The next verse says Bnei Aharon ha'Kohanim to teach that his sons may serve only if they are wearing their [four] Begadim. 1

2.

Moshav Zekenim: Not everyone knows how to light the fire. The singular teaches that we need someone special, with this skill. (Refer to 1:7:3:1*.)


1

How can we explain why it repeats "Bnei Aharon ha'Kohen" in Yehoshua 21:4,13? (PF)

4)

Rashi writes that that even though fire descends from Heaven, it is a Mitzvah for a Hedyot to bring fire. If so, Nadav and Avihu did properly! Why were they punished?

1.

Refer to 10:1:1:1-5.

2.

Moshav Zekenim: They were Kohanim Gedolim. 1


1

They were not full Kohanim Gedolim who must serve with eight garments. And Rather, [after Aharon] they were the most esteemed; they should have let Elazar or Isamar, who were Hedyotim (less esteemed), bring it. (PF)

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