Crash Cards for Shemini (5762)
by Marc Mangel
• Moses orders Aaron and sons to offer sacrifices 8 days after their anointment. Nadal and Avihu offer incense not commanded by God and are consumed. The first version of Kashrut is given by God.
• Something that is more obscure is in Ch 10, v 16-20: Moses is angry that Aaron and his other sons were not eating the purification offering.
• Aaron says: I am onen — ritually impure in mourning for my sons in Sheol — would HaShem approve of me eating the offering?
• Moses relents and says: Do what you know is right, even if the leader tells you otherwise.
•We learn two things from these passages: First that anger can cause poor judgment even in a great leader. Second: A great leader admits mistakes