Of Grief Public and Private
Parashat Shemini

Shai Held

No sooner are Aaron's sons ordained than two of them die at the terrifying hand of God. The story is terse, laconic—and profoundly disturbing. But it raises fascinating and crucially important questions—about mourning and devastation, about (often misguided) attempts to console, and about the ways leadership roles can (legitimately?) limit public expressions of grief and sorrow.

Of Grief Public and Private: Moses and Aaron Face the Unimaginable
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