Shemini: Close to G-d

April 20, 2012 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
The deaths of Nadav and Avihu have long troubled biblical commentaries. The multiple suggestions put forth demonstrate that—objectively speaking—whatever the true nature of their sin may have been, it does not seem to have warranted the death penalty. Under different circumstances, or had others done what they did, they likely would have been spared. But not Nadav and Avihu. Sefer Vayikra opens with the bringing of voluntary...
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