Shemini

Time Period 5779 (2019).

Week of 17 Adar II (March 24)—Shabbat 23 Adar II (March 30) 5779

vaYikra (Leviticus) 9:1—11:47

Haftarah: Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 36:16—38

Nadav and Avihu wanted to serve G-d in their own way, disregarding the way G-d wanted to be served, as clearly expressed in Torah. The sons of Aharon were righteous men and the arrogance they expressed is a failing common to many of even the most humble and dedicated observers of a Torah life. Critics and skeptics of the korbanot animal offerings in the Holy Temple service who question the place of korbanot in “today’s world” are being motivated by the same tragic transposition of G-d’s will and man’s will that befell Nadav and Avihu.

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