And Aharon Was Silent

The great tragedy that occurred to Aharon HaKohen on the day of the inauguration of the Mishkan educates us profoundly how to deal with this difficult phenomenon known as death. Aharon’s response is silence, “Vayidom Aharon” – “and Aharon was silent” . There is the...

Women in Tanach – Elisheva

“I said to myself, “Come now, I will mix [wine] with joy and experience pleasure”; and behold, this too was vanity. Of laughter, I said, “[It is] mingled”; and concerning joy, “What does this accomplish?”” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2)...

The Meaning of Nadav and Avihu’s death – 5769

Yehuda Jacobs Former Shaliach in Greater Washington   We know that when we get to the sedra of vayikrah, we meet the unique case of the death of nadav and avihu. I would like to share with you some opinions that were told about this complicated story, a story...

Parshat Shmini – 5766

When I was on Shlichut in the United States, I was a high school Judaic studies teacher. During Asseret Yimei Teshuva, my students asked me to take them to “do kapparot” with chickens. We watched as the birds arrived, were used for the kapparot, and then were...

Chained in the Reasoning Chain – 5765

In this week’s parsha (parshat Shemini) we read of the death of Aharon’s sons on the day of the inauguration of the altar. Then, as the “maftir”, we read parshat Para – the special instructions for the ritual purification required following contact with a human...

Great Faith Overcomes Great Tragedy – 5764

Rabbi Refael Katz Former Rosh Kollel in Johannesburg   The parasha begins with a description of the final day of the 8-day ceremony for the inauguration of the mishkan (tabernacle). The ceremonies, which began on 23 Adar, were to climax on Rosh Chodesh Nissan,...