Torah Portion – Sh’mini (Vayikra 9:1 – 11:47)

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This is a commentary on the Torah portion Sh'mini - "Eighth." All the preparation for and anticipation of the mishkan culminates on this the eighth day since the consecration of the priesthood began. Yet, on what should have been a joyous occasion for Aaron and his sons, this day turns out to be one of tragedy. The death of his sons, Nadav and Avihu, remind us that God is holy and, we must approach Him in the manner that He has prescribed.

In this Torah portion we also see the introduction of kashrut - the dietary laws - and how this helps us to sharpen our spiritual senses that we may distinguish the holy from the profane and teach others to discern between the clean and unclean. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 90 minutes)



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Torah Portion: Sh'mini
This is Bill's commentary on the Torah portion Sh'mini or "Eighth," referring to the eighth day since the consecration of the Levitical priesthood began. As we see, rather than being a completely auspicious and joyous occasion, the day is marked by the sudden death of Aaron's two sons, Nadav and Avihu. Their deaths and the subsequent prohibitions when ministering unto the Creator demonstrate to us the necessity of distinguishing between the holy and profane. Furthermore, because textual evidence suggests that Nadav and Avihu's judgment may have been cloud by intoxicants, we learn that we must guard against our spiritual senses being dulled by the allure of culture. We also learn that kashrut - the dietary laws - demonstrates how ingesting unclean things can dull our spiritual senses and impede our ability to imitate the Creator's holiness. Highlights include:
  • Aaron's silence and how it compares to Y'shua.
  • Importance of not being a "pig's foot."
  • Comparing gachon (belly) and gihon (fountain).
  • Much more.
(Approximately 90 minutes)
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6 Responses to Torah Portion – Sh’mini (Vayikra 9:1 – 11:47)

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  1. Paul says:

    Thank you for clarifying the purpose the dietary laws. The connection between the belly and the heart was very meaningful to me. I can really relate to the idea of contamination and dulling of the spirit.

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