Dedicated by David Schottenstein in honor of his wife Eda
Two Men Kissed G-d and Gave Judaism Its Soul: Likuttei Sichos Acharei Mos/Shmini
How Nadav and Avihu Elevated Judaism from a Contractual Agreement to an Intimate Relationship
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This text-based class, a Sicha of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Likkutei Sichos vol. 32 Acharei Mos), explains why the death of the sons of Ahron is the prelude to the laws of Yom Kippur. Most commentaries view their death as a punishment for sin. The Ohr HaChaim, however, views the story in a different light. As it turns out, it was their act that gave Judaism its passion and depth. Is Judaism only about a contractual relationship, or does it embody the intimate oneness between a soul and its maker?