In order to demystify an otherwise difficult Biblical passage, set aside time to delve into the commentaries to appreciate the deeper meaning of the text.

In this week’s Torah portion, we are told that on the greatest day of Aaron’s life, tragedy strikes. Aaron’s two oldest sons are dead and Aaron remains silent. While different suggestions are offered as to why they were killed, there may be a hidden, yet powerful message about the responsibilities and limitations of those in leadership positions. To learn more, read this illuminating analysis entitled: “The Responsibilities of Leadership” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message for Shemini 5780-2020. Out of respect for Shabbat, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.