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Parashat Shemini

פרשת שמיני

ספר ויקרא

"Eighth [day]"

On the eighth day after the inauguration of the priests, the Divine Presence takes up residence in the sanctuary. After making the necessary sacrifices, Moshe and Aharon leave the Tent of Assignment and the divine glory is revealed to all the people, who prostrate themselves. Aharon's sons, Nadav and Abihu, offer a fire that was not commanded by God and are immediately incinerated before Him. Moshe tells Aharon not to show his mourning lest God be displeased with all Israel, but assures him that they will all weep for their children. The laws of kashrut and ritual purity are passed down.

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