Why Did God Reject Nadav And Avihu?

Understanding The Real Sin Of Aaron's Two Sons

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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How do we understand the sin of Aaron's two sons, Nadav and Avihu, and why they were killed for it?

In this week's parsha, we see the sudden and disturbing death of Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, right after being appointed the priests of the Tabernacle. Curiously, when we explore this text more closely, we can find hints — parallel themes, shared language — to an earlier Biblical story: the story of original sin in the Garden of Eden. Is the Bible hinting at some meaningful connection between that sin and the sin of Nadav and Avihu? And if so, what could it be?

Join Rabbi Fohrman as he unearths the real story behind why Aaron's sons died, and how these Biblical parallels deepen our understanding of what was the real sin of Nadav and Avihu – one that we must also learn to avoid in our lives, even today.