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Guest Dvar Torah by Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Hashkama Minyan

Two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, died when inappropriately approaching the holy of holies. At the beginning of parasha acharei mot, their death is mentioned and connected to their having "come close"  to this sacred place---perhaps because they did so in an inappropriate way or perhaps because they did so at a wrong time. Rashi understands this as strengthening the warning to Aaron to respect temporal boundaries in entering the holy of holies--to avoid the familiarity of acting as if he can come and go as he pleases. He thinks the incident is mentioned to motivate Aaron to take respecting temporal boundaries very seriously. He seems to understand the text as saying that they died not just when they acted inappropriately with respect to this most sacred space but actually because they did not respect proper temporal limitations when approaching the sacred. This occasioned the following reflection: 

Since everything is a divine creation, all of nature and humanity is in some sense sacred. But, of course, some objects, times, places and even people--who are all of equal value-- are more intensely sacred than others.  Encountering them allows for special access to a transcendent  dimension. Some objects, times, places and people are more inspiring than others. Being with them, we feel that we are at the edge of a greater reality; we are at a kind if portal to a reality that we can not understand, if we can even grasp it at all.   

But: we need to respect the boundaries, physical and temporal, of these sacred realities. We must be careful not to become overly familiar with them, We must be careful not to take them for granted. Moments with the people, places, even the things that are important to us, that inspire us...that open a door to a greater dimension of reality and understanding..must be loved, respected, cherished  and valued. We must be careful not to take them for granted. We must be careful not to think that they are there merely for us to "use", even for good purposes---that would be the beginning of a spiritual and moral death. 

Shabbat Achrei Mot / Kedoshim 5780 / Rosh Chodesh Iyar


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