Generosity of Spirit
Parashat Shemini

Dena Weiss

This week’s parashah marks the consecration of the mishkan and the inauguration of its service.  But this joyous occasion is clouded by the smoke of the strange and unwelcome fire that was brought by Aharon’s eldest sons, Nadav and Avihu. Although Aharon himself is silent in the face of the tragic loss of his children, rabbinic tradition is replete with attempts to uncover why Nadav and Avihu had to die, and what this tragedy can teach us about what it means to approach and engage with the holy.  

 
Generosity of Spirit
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