This week's Torah portion of parashat Shmini features the tragic death
of the High Priest Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu, struck down by
Heavenly wrath. What sin exacted such harsh punishment? From the
Torah's account, it seems clear: They brought a "strange,"
unauthorized fire. But it's also clear that they were looking to honor
the Creator and deeply desired to keep the excitement of the moment of
the tabernacle's inauguration alive. These two great, righteous men
were not satisfied with the old fare; "same old, same old" just
wouldn't do it for them. But then again, none of us should ever be
satisfied with routine. Keeping things fresh and new is the name of
the game, but how to that and yet remain within the lines is the
subject of this week's edition of Temple Talk. Newness and the sense
of awe and wonder at the unexplained are also an aspect of the special
Torah reading this Shabbat, the Numbers chapter 19 ordinance of the
Red Heifer. Join us for an edition of Temple Talk dedicated to the
battle against complacency!
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READ NOW: RABBI CHAIM RICHMAN'S JERUSALEM POST COLUMN: PURIM AND THE
HOLY TEMPLE: A TALE FOR OUR TIME: The holiday of Purim expresses a
profound spiritual revelation.
Traditionally it is the day that most succinctly expresses God's
unbounded love for His people Israel.
Even Yom Kippur, the great Day of Atonement and reconciliation,
reflects only a shadow of the spiritual radiance that shines forth on
Purim, as reflected in the Hebrew name Yom HaKippurim, "a day like
Yet Purim is a day of enigma. A major theme of the day is concealment...
TEMPLE VESSELS: FRANKINCENSE CENSERS
In keeping with the Torah commandment, "Place pure frankincense
alongside these stacks," (Leviticus 24:6), two bowls were filled with
frankincense and placed next to the two arrangements of showbread on
the Table of the Showbread in the Kodesh Sanctuary every Shabbat.
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