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Regarding the parashah. I really see how much of a fairytail Kabbalah and other addings done by humans are to the Word. It is a pity and forbidden according God's warning to Moses not to ad or remove anything to or from the Torah.
Interesting... very good insights.
"If Nadav and Avihu had simply conducted themselves like everyone else in terms of their offerings, marriage, and the other potential reasons for their deaths,..."
There is a lot to ponder in this article, and I appreciate the insights by the author.A quick recent story from my own experiences, however, adds a conundrum to the line I copied and pasted above. I am in mourning for my Mother's recent passing, and at the orhodox shul I went to, we did not have minyan for Minchah/Ma'ariv recently. Several other mourners were there as well. I went ahead and led Minchah, including saying Kaddish.
To say that since then the vibe has been like ice, would do a disservice to ice. I have been told that it is better to not pray, not daven, not say Mourner's Kaddish, if there is no minyan.
Lose your step, fall out of grace.....even while in these months of mourning.
I prefer the explanation that Abihu and Nadav had soared so high spiritually that they were taken intact to the next world. Any longer in this world there would be only the only way in the future would be - down.
The interpretation of them being killed because of drunkenness is acceptable. Regarding El making them the offering, sorry, unacceptable. El is AGAINST human sacrifice. That is very clear through the whole Tanakh. He will not do what He forbade. That is why the Christian Jesus could not be a sacrifice either. Unacceptable.
Excessive drinking will definitely impair your love life and ability to father children, is the theme of this Torah portion.