In this double Torah portion, we derive another hint as to why Nadav and Avihu died. We also analyze the three major categories of sin identified by the Torah and how they are connected to the goat to Azazel. We will also discover what God thinks about gossip and evil speech, as well as other fascinating insights.
Leviticus 10:8-9 And Adonai spoke to Aaron, saying, “Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die…
Leviticus 16:1 Adonai spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before Adonai and died.
… שׁני בני אהרן …
יין (yayin) = “wine”
Leviticus 16:8-10 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for Adonai and the other lot for Azazel. And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for Adonai and use it as a sin offering, but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before Adonai to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.
Leviticus 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness …
“Iniquities” = עון (avon) = “guilt”
“Transgressions” = פשע (pesha)= “willful sins”
“Sins” = חטאת (chatat) = “errors”
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I Adonai your God am holy.’”
אני יהוה אלהיכם
(Ani YHVH Eloheichem)
Occurs 10x in our Torah portion.
So does אני יהוה (without אלהיכם).
Leviticus 19:4 “Do not turn to the idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am Adonai your God.”
– A mocking form of “Elohim” –
Leviticus 19:16 “You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor. I am Adonai.”
תעמד על דם (ta’amod al dam)
“…you shall not stand in your neighbor’s blood.”
Leviticus 20:7 “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am Adonai your God.”
= 2403 =
Deuteronomy 6:14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.
Leviticus 20:24 “But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am Adonai your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”
There are “70 nations”.
There are 70 commandments in this Torah portion.
Subscribe to our newsletter and we’ll keep you informed of new videos, interesting insights and valuable resources to guide your spiritual journey.