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Parashat Sh'mini (April 21, 2012)
by Rachel Brumberg

TIMING IS EVERYTHING.

When I sat down to start my Torah Commentary for this week, I realized that this was not the first time that I was writing a commentary for Parashat Sh’mini. At first glance, it seemed to me that I had said all I had to say about this portion back in 2008. (Click here to see what I had to say back then.) It is not an easy section on which to comment: It starts with rules about sacrifices, includes the death of Aaron’s sons by fire, goes into detail about the laws of kashrut and ends with a discussion on cleanliness and holiness.

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