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Shemini – Rishon
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On the eighth day, Moshe gathered Aharon, his sons and the Elders. He told Aharon to offer a calf and a ram as a sin offering and burnt offering, respectively. The Jews were to offer a goat (as a sin offering), a calf and a lamb (as a burnt offering), and a bull and a […]
Shemini – Sheini
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…while this aliyah concludes Aharon’s offering of the people’s sacrifices.) When he was done, Aharon raised his hands and blessed the people (as kohanim tend to do). Then, he and Moshe went into the Mishkan. When they came out, G-d’s glory was revealed to the people.
Shemini – Shlishi
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Fire came down from Heaven and consumed what was on the altar. You can imagine how impressive that was. The people cheered and bowed down in awe. Two of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, offered an unauthorized incense that G-d had not instructed. A Divine fire went forth and consumed them spiritually, leaving their bodies […]
Shemini – R’vi’i
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Moshe told Aharon, Elazar and Itamar to eat the flour offering in a holy place, though the chest of a wave offering and the gift of a leg from peace offerings could be taken home and shared with their families.
Shemini – Chamishi
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Moshe found out that Aharon’s surviving sons had burned the goat of the sin offering instead of eating it. He became angry and yelled at them. Aharon intervened. “You saw what happened today. If we had eaten that offering, would it really have been what G-d wanted?” Moshe had to admit that Aharon was correct. […]
Shemini – Shishi
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G-d then detailed to Moshe and Aharon the laws of kashrus (keeping kosher). (Rashi says that G-d spoke to Moshe, who spoke to Aharon.) It should be noted that the Torah doesn’t deal with the scientific categories of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, etc. Rather, it organizes animals into such categories as beasts of the land, […]
Shemini – Sh’vi’i
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If a dead creeping thing fell into a clay vessel, the contents of the vessel would become unclean. The pot itself is irreparable and must be broken. Any food that has at some point been made wet with water or a similar liquid is susceptible to ritual uncleanliness. A clay oven becomes impure through such […]
Shemini – Haftarah
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To understand the main message of an haftarah long as this one, we must split it into its three or four distinct parts. First, there is the story of David bringing the Ark to the City of David, with two sub-parts, the first initiative to bring the Ark, aborted when Uza got killed, and David […]