This is a commentary on the Torah portion Sh’mini – “Eighth.” All the preparation for and anticipation of the mishkan culminates on this the eighth day since the consecration of the priesthood began. Yet, on what should have been a joyous occasion for Aaron and his sons, this day turns out to be one of tragedy. The death of his sons, Nadav and Avihu, remind us that God is holy and, we must approach Him in the manner that He has prescribed.
In this Torah portion we also see the introduction of kashrut – the dietary laws – and how this helps us to sharpen our spiritual senses that we may distinguish the holy from the profane and teach others to discern between the clean and unclean. Hope you enjoy.
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