Torah Talk for Parashat Shemini
March 28, 2016 by
After the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the ordination of the cohanim (priests), two of Aharon’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moshe and Aharon regarding which animals, fish, and birds may be eaten by the Bnei Yisrael.
An interesting point appears in chapter 11, verse 44: “For I am Hashem your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy; neither shall you contaminate your soul with any manner of swarming thing that moves upon the earth.” Many of us are familiar with the mind-body connection: the idea that what one feels or thinks affects our physical state of well-being. This verse indicates that the converse is also true. What we ingest affects our emotional and cognitive states. Read more >