Parshah Shemini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Torah Reading for Week of April 15-21, 2012 – Nissan 23-29 5772
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Nadav and Avihu, sons of Aharon, took their incense pans and put fire and incense in them and offered an unauthorized fire before God, which He did not command them to offer … (VaYikrah 10:1)
When an evil person acts and fails, it is usually because his intended action was inherently evil. However, when great people fail, especially miserably, then what?
… A fire went out from before G-d and consumed them and they died before G-d. Moshe said to Aharon, “This is what G-d told me: I will be sanctified through them who approach Me …” (VaYikrah 10:1)
Moshe told Aharon, “I knew that this house was to be sanctified by those who are beloved to G-d, but I thought it would be through me or you. Now I see that these (Nadav and Avihu) are greater than me and you! (Rashi)
On a simple level, the level called pshat, Nadav and Avihu made a simple, but tragic mistake. Swept up in the euphoria of the Divine Presence descending over the Mishkan, Nadav and Avihu allowed their intense desire to come close to G-d override their obligation to act within halachic boundaries. And, according to Rebi Yishmael, the fact that they had been intoxicated from wine at the time didn’t help the matter (Rashi).
Alternatively, there is Rebi Eliezer’s pshat: Nadav and Avihu only died because they rendered halachic decisions in the presence of their teacher (Moshe), something for which the Talmud concludes is punishable by death (Eiruvin 63a). Alternatively again, Nadav and Avihu became punishable by death back at the time they ascended Har Sinai with Moshe, having viewed the Shechina when they had not been permitted to look (Rashi, Shemos 24:10).
However, there is another level of explanation, a far deeper one, one that can also be drawn out of the following statement:
Anyone who pushes the moment, the moment pushes him off; all who are pushed off by the moment, the moment will be pushed off for them. (Brochos 64a)
Life, very often, is a matter of timing. The right action performed with even the right intention, but at the wrong time, can have a disastrous effect. Life is not just a matter of knowing what to do and how to do it, but knowing when to do it as well. Sometimes we can have a burning desire to do something, or to say something, but it is just not the moment. If we keep our peace, then we are often around to complete our intention within the correct set of circumstances. If we don’t, then, we and others often become victims of the very crisis we tried to alleviate! Timing is everything and we can never be above criticism. For the sake of Jewish survival, we must always monitor our timing and motivation.
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“Jewish Partisans” – documentary by Alexander Stupnikov, 2008.
Monday April 23
Toronto Zionist Center,
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The Jewish Defence League of Canada is demanding that the TTC remove the sign that reads, “There is no god but Allah (and) Muhammad is His messenger”
TORONTO, April 16, 2012 /CNW/ – The Jewish Defence League of Canada is demanding that the TTC remove the sign that reads, “There is no god but Allah (and) Muhammad is His messenger”. The organization responsible for the add is called Islamic Infocenter. That same group supports groups and persons that preach Terrorism.
Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV: Zakir Naik: “Peace TV”‘s Calls for Terrorism
Dr. Zakir Naik is a 44 year-old Muslim preacher born in India. Zakir Naik is distinguished by one characteristic: incitement and support for Terrorism through IRF and Peace TV. Incitement, by calling on Muslims to become terrorists and supporting Al-Qaeda, is not protected speech in the UK, Canada, or India.
Naik most recently gained wider attention in mid-June when the British authorities banned his entry to their country. Canadian authorities followed the British example by cancelling Naik’s multiple-entry visa, thereby preventing him from appearing live at an Islamist mass meeting in Toronto.
The Muslim World League: Backgrounder: Muslim World League
The Muslim World League (MWL) is a Saudi Arabia-based international organization that promulgates a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam around the world through a large network of charities and affiliated organizations.
While the MWL has on several occasions condemned terrorism in general terms, it has a long history of providing financial support to terrorist groups or having organizational links to them, including to Hamas, Abu Sayyaf group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Jemaat al Islamiyya, and Al Qaeda.
The MWL also provides a platform for inflammatory speech, including anti-Semitism. For example, Sheik Yusef Qaradawi was invited to speak at the MWL’s First International Islamic Conference on Dialogue in Mecca in June 2008. Qaradawi, a radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue who openly calls for violent jihad against Jews and he praises Hitler.
The JDL calls on the TTC to remove the radical Islamic sign now. The JDL calls on the public to join our campaign to confront and expose the danger of radical Islam in Canada.
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With Love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada