This week's portion is called Shemini, which means "eighth." It comes from the opening part of this parsha where it talks about the priests being inaugurated on the eighth day. And although there is much to be said about that and how it's connected to us being inaugurated as priests on the prophetic eighth day after the seventh millennium, today I'm going to focus on a different part of the section: the profane fire of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus chapter 10.
PART 1: DON'T DISQUALIFY YOURSELF!
In chapter 23 of this week's Torah portion, Emor, which means "say," we have the main instructions for the Feasts of the LORD. But because that topic has been covered extensively by both me and many other teachers, I'm going to take time to unpack the part of the parsha that deals with the regulations for the priests. There are several important things we can learn from these instructions, so let's jump right in!