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Sh’mini Lev. 9:1 to 11:47 – שְּׁמִינִי

On dietary:
“Philo of Alexandria and Maimonides both have indicated centuries ago that the reason behind these is for two reasons, self-restraint and health. The first is to teach in a physical way that there should be limits to one’s desire, and to accept both that certain animals are off limits in terns of purity and secondly that one is to eat special foods during certain times.”
On Nadab and Abihu
“By mocking or fooling around with this, they put the cult’s credibility under threat, based on the fear of people from metaphysical forces. Given such immense threat and the investment of Moses into building the cult, mocking it and fooling around with the basis of its source of authority (god in the smoke and fire pillars), are very serious, especially if others had noticed it. Sacrificing people as close to Moses as Aarons.” Continue reading

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