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On the very day that the dedication of the Temple took place, Nadav and Avihu, the two noble sons of Aaron the High Priest, suddenly perished. The Torah describes the reaction of Aaron simply as “Vayidom Aaron” - meaning that Aaron remained silent. The term which is normally used for silence is Vayishtak, the Torah however, chooses the word Vayidom, which means an inanimate object, to teach us that although we are often able to control our emotions, our facial expressions betray our feelings. Aaron’s faith in justice of G-d and in the eternity of the soul was so powerful, so all encompassing, that he was totally at peace with G-d’s Will, even in his heart- Thus Vayidom. But the question still remains - Why did this terrible calamity befall
This week's parsha contains the tragic event of the death of Aharon's two oldest sons. At the height of the joy of the dedication of the Mishkan, Nadav and Avihu were consumed by a 'foreign fire' which came down from Hashem and killed them.
The Talmud says [Eruvin 63a] "Aharon's sons did not die until they issued a halachic ruling before Moshe their teacher". There are different interpretations among the Sages exactly what Nadav and Avihu did to warrant this terrible punishment. One of the
The book of Leviticus begins with the words, Vayikra El Moshe - He called to Moses.
The commentaries wonder why the Torah does not specify who called to Moses, but instead use the ambiguous terminology of "He called to Moses". The Netivot Shalom offered a novel explanation for this.
The Torah, he states, is informing us that Hashem calls out to every person through the events that happen to him or her during his or her lifetime. In every situation in which a person finds himself, he can
Mother always told us to think before we do.
The early parshiot of the book of Vayikra – Leviticus deal primarily with the sacrifices offered in the Mishkan and later the Temple. Many rabbis when faced with giving a speech or class of sacrifices breathe a sigh of relief because these portions often fall during the weeks of Shabbat HaGadol and Passover when one can replac the talk on the weekly portion with thoughts related to the time period we find ourselves in. Even in a leap year, these
This week, we begin the third book of the Five Books of Moses, The Book of Leviticus. While the Book of Exodus focused on our redemption from Egypt, and concludes with the construction of the Tabernacle, the Book of Leviticus commences with the services that are to be performed there: the sacrificial offerings, and the Laws pertaining to the Kohanim.
When Moshe Rabbenu commands the Jewish nation to bring an offering, he states, "When a man (Adam) among you brings an offering to HaShem..."