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Nadav and Avihu

Opening Day: Parshat Shemini

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 06.03.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

It's a truly bittersweet day for the Jewish people as the celebration of the inauguration of the Tabernacle turns to mourning the deaths of two of Aaron's sons. What lessons can we learn?

Aaron's Sons, Ben Azzai And Marriage Equality

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Last week, as the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples, I returned to the Torah portion Shemini, with its cryptic report of the tragic fate of two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu.

The Torah's Case For Responsibility

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 06.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Recent headlines reveal gross recklessness among public servants. I'm not going to suggest that observing kashrut or any ritual laws serves as a panacea against moral turpitude. However, they help create a framework. They provide us with discipline.