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Parshat Shemini

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.

Strange, Inconceivable Fire: Leviticus And Holocaust Remembrance Day

Judith Rosenbaum | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Judith Rosenbaum

As we prepare to commemorate, Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is almost sickening to read how "the flesh and the skin were consumed in fire" (Leviticus 9:11), and even more so to consider these words and acts something God would command.

Parshat Shemini: A Strange Fire

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

The eight day. Moses calls for Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. "Take a young bull as a sin-offering," he says to Aaron, "to atone for the Golden Calf."