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Although not too many earlier commentators seem to have been bothered by this issue, there are a few who have mentioned it: Seforno: it is a completely unique holiday in that it has an eighth day, and requires moving to another dwelling place as well as taking four plants Personally, I'm not sure what the big deal is regarding the "special mitzvos" of ...


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Any Mo'ed (besides for Chanuka and Purim, which were made later) gets Ya'aleh Veyovo. A Mo'ed is a spiritual time in which we are naturally and invited to become closer to Hashem. The words of Ya'aleh Veyovo represent a prayer that we (or some aspect of us) be able to go up the 7 levels of Shamayim, each being a level closer to Hashem (taught by Rabbi M ...


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The Seforno on 23:29 answers your question: אך בחמשה עשר יום אחר שהזכיר את הדברים הכללים שכל המועדים מסכימים בהם וזה במה שכולם מקראי קדש וטעונים קרבן מוסף כאמרו אלה מועדי ה' אשר תקראו אותם מקראי קדש להקריב אשה וכו' אמר אך בחמשה עשר יום וכו' והודיע שחג הסכות נבדל משאר המועדים ראשונה שהשמיני שלו מקרא קדש כאמרו וביום השמיני שבתון לא כן בימי השבוע ובימי חג ...


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The korbanot on each day of Pesach are the same, the korbanot on each day of Succos are different. For this reason we say half hallel on Pesach but complete the hallel on Succos. The implication of this seems to be that the avodah of Succos is 'korbandik', I.e. the essential nature of the festivities is encapsulated in the korbanot. Whereas the korbanot on ...


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The current fixed calendar is arranged (by adding or taking out an extra day in Marcheshvan or Kislev) such that Yom Kippur can't fall on Friday or Sunday (so there won't be two days in a row where no work at all can be done) and such that Hoshana Rabba can't fall on Shabbat. Most months are of fixed length, so this effectively limits all holidays in some ...



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