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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Parsha Thought – Shemini

There had been a seven day inauguration process that was set to reach its climax today. It was now the first of Nissan. For those past seven days, Aaron and his sons were taught and trained by Moshe in regards to the specifics of the different offerings that could be brought to the Mishkan. Up to this point, Moses had been the one doing the processes and procedures concerning the atonement offerings. It was now Aaron’s turn.

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