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Nadav & Avihu

Fire Pans in the Bible and Archaeology

Fire pans (maḥtot) are listed as part of the Tabernacle’s accessories for the menorah and the altar. They also play an important role in the stories of Korah’s rebellion and the death of Nadav and Avihu as incense censors. Archaeological excavations have uncovered what these items were and how they functioned.

Dr.

Raz Kletter

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The Incident of Nadav and Avihu

A Mysterious Transgression or a Mysterious Deity?

Prof.

Edward L. Greenstein

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Regarding Azazel and Homosexuals in the Same Parasha

Reading Acharei Mot (“After the Death”) as an opportunity for infusing life into the biblical text.

Dr.

Shawna Dolansky

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How God Was Sanctified through Nadav and Avihu's Death

After the shocking death of Nadav and Avihu, Moses says to Aaron that this is what God meant when he said, “through those near to me I will sanctify Myself.”  Rashi, Rashbam, and Nahmanides struggle to understand the meaning of Moses’ message.

Prof.

James A. Diamond

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"That Is What YHWH Said" — Moses Interprets Nadav and Avihu's Death

A fire comes forth from God and devours Nadav and Avihu but God does not actually say anything. It is Moses who infers what God was communicating through this act and even formulates a law based on his understanding of God’s message.

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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