Monday, April 20, 2009

Nadav & Avihu:the "spontaneous combustion" theory

Re Parshat Sh'mini, the Torah reading for last Shabbat/Sabbath, a previous rabbi once theorized that Nadav and Avihu, Aharon's/Aaron's older sons, were killed by spontaneous combustion. As evidence, he cited the fact that their relatives were asked to carry them out by their tunics, which, in a normal fire, would have been burned. What was in that Ohel Moed/Tent of Meeting, anyway?


Anonymous Reb Barry said...

My theory is they got zapped because the "strange fire" the offered was actually a new invention of theirs: gunpowder! :-)

Mon Apr 20, 04:47:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

May I assume that you got your s'micha (rabbinical ordination) in chochmat laila*? :)

(*roughly, being a wiseguy)

Mon Apr 20, 06:14:00 PM 2009  

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