The Eighth [Day]

Leviticus 9:1-11:47

When Is Sh'mini Read?

/ 28 Nisan 5781
/ 23 Adar II 5782
/ 24 Nisan 5783


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Sh'mini Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

A Higher Holiness Through Connection with a Collective

By: Rabbi Ben Spratt

The poet, Elizabeth Alexander writes:

"Poetry is what you find in the dirt in the corner,

overheard on the bus, God in the details, the only way

to get from here to there. Poetry (and now my voice is rising)

is not all love, love, love, and I’m sorry my dog died.


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