Parsha Thought – Shemeni

Parsha Shemeni, begins with the eighth day in the inauguration of the Mishkan. Today Aaron will be finally assuming his role as the Kohen HaGadol, the High Priest, a much anticipated moment for the Israelites. But as the ceremonies continue, it seems that everything begins to fall apart. Not only do Aaron’s two eldest sons die by venturing beyond the acceptable spiritual boundaries and offering “strange fire,” he and his remaining sons are told that they have to “keep it together” for lack of a better term, and do their jobs.

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