Now for the behind the scenes of what makes this Meshech Chochma special. If you have the edition with R’ Kopperman’s notes or you take a look before the mafteichos in some editions of the Ohr Sameich, they quote the following story: the Meshech Chochma once had a dream in which he witnessed the giants of Klal Yisrael learning in the yeshiva shel ma'alah. At that gathering, the Rashba stood up and declared that there is a Jew in Dvinsk who was mechavein l’amito shel Torah more than he was. The Rashba writes in a teshuvah that it made no sense that there should even be a passing hava amina (see Chulin 22) that an olas ha’of could be brought at night -- it must be a girsa error. We already know from pesukim that avodah always takes place during the day, no exceptions. But the Ohr Samayach says the hava amina is a good hava amina. Based on the Ibn Ezra, we know that an olas ha’of corresponds to the fats of an animal korban. Since those fats can be burned on the mizbeiach even at night, one might have thought that an olas ha’of could be brought even at night as well, kah mashma lan that it can’t. The Meshech Chochma then woke up and reportedly was in a good mood that entire day. After all, it’s not every day that the Rashba sings your praises in the yeshiva shel ma’alah!
Rav Kopperman adds in his notes that this yesod also helps us explain a difficult Rambam. The Rambam suggests that the reason the entire korban mincha of a kohein is burned on the mizbeiach, as opposed to just a small kemitza portion, is because were only a small portion offered it would look like the kohein is not offering anything – he brings a korban, but the majority of his “gift” amounts to a meal for himself. The Tur asks: but someone brings a chatas ha’of, he eats the whole thing and the mizbeiach gets nothing – why in that case are we not concerned with it looking like the person’s gift is really just an excuse for dinner? Based on the Ibn Ezra, the difference is clear. True, the owner eats the entire chatas bird, but along with that chatas he has to being an olah that is entirely consumed on the mizbeiach to complete the parallel to an animal korban. The two birds are two halves of a single whole, not two separate parts.