Archive of: April, 2020
My parsha is from the start of Vayakhel-Pekudei, and it tells us about the Children of Israel after the exodus from Egypt. It includes several verses about keeping the Shabbat, before moving onto a detailed list of parts the Israelites donated to build the Tabernacle. At first, I was more into in the first of those two sections, the verses about keeping Shabbat, as I wasn’t particularly interested in searching through what is essentially Ye Olde IKEA Catalogue.
I know that many of you may be worried or anxious at this time, and so most importantly, I want you to know that we at Temple David are here to offer our support and our prayers, even while we may not be able to offer our physical presence. As a synagogue community, we are here to provide comfort, support and inspiration to one another, whether we are in each other’s physical presence, or not.
In difficult times, our Jewish traditions and faith have nourished our spirits to endure the unknown. I believe our Jewish values should guide us
“Fire came forth from before the Eternal and consumed the burnt offering and the fat parts on the altar. And all the people saw, and shouted, and fell on their faces. Now Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before the Eternal alien fire, which He had not enjoined upon them. And fire came forth from the Eternal and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of the Eternal.” (Leviticus 9:23-10:2) In times of global crisis, each and every one of us is called to take leadership to be pro-active and to practice our values. Parashat Sh’mini offers us an insight to some of Moshe’s leadership qualities dealing with a crisis. At a sublime moment of the first ritual, at the tent of meeting, Moshe and Aaron are confronted with both a personal and a public crisis. Two of Aaron sons are killed and consumed by the holy fire in front of the whole young nation.