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Parshat Shemini Dvar Torah

This week’s Parsha is Parshat Shemini. The Parsha teaches us many important lessons about holiness and respect. 

One of these lessons can be learned through Aaron and his sons, who become kohanim in the Mishkan. 

But tragedy strikes when two of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, go into the Kodesh Hakdoshim without direct permission from Hashem and, as a result, Hashem sends a fire that consumes them, killing them both.

This story reminds us that kedusha often requires obedience and respect, even in daily life. We must treat holy things with care and respect. Otherwise, there will be severe repercussions.

We can relate this to when fulfilling a Mitzvah. Whenever we are performing mitzvot, we must ensure we are doing it with full respect for Hashem, fulfilling what is needed. Not only do we have to fulfill what is needed, but we have to ensure not to do any aveirot in the meantime. 

For example, when we daven, we must put all our effort into the Tefillah, treating it with full respect such as refraining from talking in between.

As we learn from Parshat Shemini, we must remember to treat everything with respect and care. Hashem gave us everything we have and we must listen to his commandments and do Mitzvot at any chance we get.

Good Shabbos!

By: Adela Kopfstein (9th)

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