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The Eighth [Day]

On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel. - Leviticus 9:1

  • Aaron and his sons follow Moses' instructions and offer sacrifices so that God will forgive the people. (9:1-24)
  • Two of Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, offer "alien fire" to God. God punishes these two priests by killing them immediately. (10:1-3)
  • God forbids Moses, Aaron, and his surviving sons from mourning but commands the rest of the people to do so. Priests are told not to drink alcohol before entering the sacred Tabernacle and are further instructed about making sacrifices. (10:4-20)
  • Laws are given to distinguish between pure and impure animals, birds, fish, and insects. (11:1-47)

When do we read Sh'mini?

2020 Apr 18
/24 Nisan, 5780
2021 Apr 10
/28 Nisan, 5781
2022 Mar 26
/23 Adar II, 5782


  • Torah for Tots

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  • Torah for Tweens

    Did you know that Aaron, Moses' brother, was ordained as high priest of the twelve tribes of Israel? Discover more in Torah for Tweens.

  • Torah for Teens

    In this parasha, Aaron’s sons are killed for sacrificing to an alien god by using incense. Aaron is not allowed to mourn for them. Listen to learn the laws that are given so that this won’t happen again. The second part of the parasha holds more laws.  

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