Leviticus 10:3
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3  Then Moshe said to Aharon, “This is what Hashem meant when He said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy, And gain glory before all the people.” And Aharon was silent.

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ג  וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־אַהֲרֹן הוּא אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר יְהֹוָה לֵאמֹר בִּקְרֹבַי אֶקָּדֵשׁ וְעַל־פְּנֵי כָל־הָעָם אֶכָּבֵד וַיִּדֹּם אַהֲרֹן׃

10:3   Through those near to Me I show Myself holy

A replica of the mishkan in Timna Park, Israel. The Holy of Holies is located behind the curtain.

The death of Aharon’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, occurs in the midst of the joyous inauguration ceremony of the Mishkan. The Sages explain that they are so moved by the closeness they feel to Hashem at this moment of revelation, that Nadav and Avihu desire to get even closer with an offering of their own which they bring in the Holy of Holies. Though their intentions are pure, the offering is unauthorized and the entry into the Holy sanctuary forbidden, so they are punished. Their desire for closeness is reflected in Moshe’s words to Aharon, “Through those near to Me I show Myself holy.” Nadav and Avihu are indeed close to God, but this closeness does not allow them to bend the rules. By punishing those who were closest to Him, God’s name is sanctified, as He teaches the important lesson that everyone, even those who are most powerful and respected, must be held to the same standard.

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  • Karren Nales

    God bless you Rabbi. Thank you for the message. Am a Gentile,from Philippines acctually. And am very thankful for the Message of God came to Israel first before the Gentiles. God bless you Israel.

  • The lesson is that we are not to become over familiar with Hashem, not to take for granted that we can do what we want. His Law, His rules and we must learn to live by them. Obedience is better than sacrifice!

  • It is a very high calling that has been placed on Aharon and his sons. They are to lead and teach the people how to worship Elohim by example. Everything they do before the people is closely observed and to be emulated.
    I can’t begin to imagine the struggle that Aharon faced on one of the most joyous days in the Wilderness. He lost two sons suddenly in the prime of their lives and without warning. It speaks much to the strength of his character that he was able to continue on with his duties in spite of what happened. I don’t think I could come close to his faith in that moment.
    Baruch Hashem.

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