On the eighth day of the inauguration of the Tabernacle, the first day of the month of Nisan, a whole new reality overtook creation. As fire rushed down from heaven to consume the first offering placed upon the altar on this the first day of the Divine service in the Tabernacle, Nadav and Avihu, the righteous sons of Aharon the High Priest, sought eternalize the moment, to make the momentous now be forever. Their error in implementation cost them their lives. Torah prescribes for the rest of us a way to succeed where they failed.
Shmini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)
Parashat Shmini is read on Shabbat:
II Adar 20, 5771/March 26, 2011