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Torah Talk for Parashat Shemini

April 10, 2018 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

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.

At the end of the story of the deaths of two of Aharon’s sons, the text says that “Aharon was silent.” The phrase used  vayidom Aharon – is unusual, however. The more common term for “silent” is sheket or lishtok. Read more >