Friday, April 16, 2004

One pasuk struck me

as I read thru parshat Shemini. This is shortly after Nadav and Avihu die.

Vayikra 10:12
"וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-אַהֲרֹן, וְאֶל אֶלְעָזָר וְאֶל-אִיתָמָר בָּנָיו הַנּוֹתָרִים, קְחוּ אֶת-הַמִּנְחָה הַנּוֹתֶרֶת מֵאִשֵּׁי ה, וְאִכְלוּהָ מַצּוֹת אֵצֶל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ: כִּי קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים, הִוא. "
"And Moses spoke unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left: 'Take the meal-offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar; for it is most holy."

the words to describe Elazar and Itamar: בָּנָיו הַנּוֹתָרִים, his remaining sons
the words to describe the meal offering: הַמִּנְחָה הַנּוֹתֶרֶת, the remaining meal-offering

Noteret and Notarim are used to describe both of them. The remaining sons should take the remaining of the offering. Further, what is it remaining of? הַמִּנְחָה הַנּוֹתֶרֶת מֵאִשֵּׁי ה - the mincha remaining from the fire of Hashem. But, that same description can be used for the sons, for Nadav and Avihu were also taken by the fire of Hashem.

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