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Doesnt ach limit it? I would think just like we say ushmartem maoed" we should say maoed samaech - be very happy - any ideas

  • I believe in the gemara it discusses the limitation imposed by the use of "ach," though I can't recall where... I'll try to look it up in the Torah Temimah – Isaac Kotlicky Sep 28 '17 at 14:22
  • He quotes the Gemara in Sukkah that states that the chiluk of ach is used to include the last day in the mitzvah of simchah but exclude the first. I don't understand it fully, but there you go... – Isaac Kotlicky Sep 28 '17 at 14:26
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    Please refine your question. The expression is found directly in the Torah at the end of parshat R'eh. What do you mean by "we say"? Who is "we"? We're just reciting part of a Torah verse. – DanF Sep 28 '17 at 14:46
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In a Pessikta d'R. Kahana it states that the "אך" is to indicate that a person's happiness in this world is not complete. (Can't locate a source online so here's a picture; line 18)

Pessikta d'Rav Kahana

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