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When discussing the מנחת חוטא (the mincha form of the קרבן עולה ויורד), the Torah (Vayikra 5:11) instructs that

לֹא יָשִׂים עָלֶיהָ שֶׁמֶן וְלֹא יִתֵּן עָלֶיהָ לְבֹנָה
he will not place on it oil, and he will not place on it l'vona

(frankincense, apparently). Why does it use ישים for oil and יתן for l'vona?

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I've already checked Rashi, ibn Ezra, Malbim, and Rabbi Hirsch ad loc. to no avail. Also M'nachos 59–60, which is doresh this pasuk, does not answer this question AFAICT. – msh210 Sep 26 '11 at 16:12
Just saw your comment after posting my answer. Why is Menachos 59b not helpful to you? – Dave Sep 26 '11 at 16:22
@Dave, because I missed that part of the g'mara! :-( – msh210 Sep 26 '11 at 16:25
up vote 5 down vote accepted

See Menachos 59b-60a - שימה implies even a minimal amount, while נתינה is a kezayis.

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