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1)

On what date did Yom ha'Shemini fall?

1.

Rashi: On Rosh Chodesh Nisan. 1


1

See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

2)

What is it the eighth day of?

1.

Rashi, Rashbam #1 and Targum Yonasan: It was the eighth day of the Milu'im.

2.

Targum Yonasan#2 and Rashbaam#2: It was the eighth day of the inauguration of Aharon and his sons.

3)

The 'Hey' in "ha'Shemini" implies that the day was a special one. In what way was it special?

1.

Rashi: Inasmuch as it took ten crowns. 1


1

Ten firsts - The first ... day of creation, ... month of the year, ...day of the inauguration of the Mizbe'ach at the hands of the princes, ... day of Kehunah, ... day of Avodah in the Mishkan, ... day that fire descended from Heaven to burn the Korbanos, ... day that theKohanim ate Korbanos. ... day that Bamos were prohibited, ... day that the Shechinah descended to the Camp of Yisrael, ... day that the Kohanim blessed Yisrael.

4)

Why did Moshe call the elders of Yisrael?

1.

Rashi: He called them to hear that Aharon was entering the Kehunah Gedolah as per Divine instructions, and not of his own accord. 1

2.

Ramban: Refer to 9:3:1:2.


1

Preempting Korach's claim in advance.

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