Sh'mini I

I שְׁמִינִי
The Eighth [Day]

Leviticus 9:1–10:11

When Is Sh'mini I Read?

/ 22 Nisan 5789


  • 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. (10:4-11)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Sh'mini I Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

When We Seek God as a Partner

By: Rabbi David A. Lyon

In Parashat Sh’mini we read of the death of Aaron’s sons who offered “alien fire” to God and were consumed. While commentators throughout the ages have tried to make sense of this tragedy, the text also guides us to appreciate the power of the choices we make.

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