Matot-Masei 5776-2016

"Rosh Chodesh Av – Remembering the Passing of a Beloved Leader"

Aaron, the High Priest, is the only great figure in the Bible whose exact date of death is known.

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Chukat 5768-2008

"The Death of Aaron"

Why was Aaron mourned by all the people of Israel while Moses was not? The Midrash suggests that Aaron had a very special relationship with all the people because of his great commitment to love and pursuit of peace. It was Aaron's obsession with peace that brought enemies together and turned them into friends. He was an extraordinary promoter of marital harmony between husbands and wives and was able to turn the wicked into penitents. This resulted in a powerful and abiding love that the people felt for Aaron.

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