Shmini – Simcha and sadness

What is the connection between the joy of the first of Nissan and Hashem’s joy with the creation of the world? Why was the joy of the mishkan marred with a remembrance of the Golden Calf with Aharon’s offering? Why did they have a sacrifice at this point that atoned for the sale of Yosef? Why did the Shechina only come into the mishkan as a result of Aharon’s service, but not with the service of Moshe of the previous seven days? Why was the incredible joy of the mishkan’s dedication marred by the deep loss of Aharon’s sons?

Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

Running time: 16:42


  1. Ari Goldwag on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Moriah, thanks for the heads up. I fixed it.

    Lisa – yes, it's deep and requires thought. Thanks for the comment.

  2. Lisa Meyer on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Very difficult but very interesting teaching. If I understand well, sadness and joy are always side by side but it is, in fact, this sadness that intensifies the relationship between God and man. I believe I have to spend much time thinking about what you are saying in order to better understand the teaching. Thanks for sharing your God-given wisdom on these deep ideas.

  3. Moriah on January 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

    It seems your link is not good. I cannot access — another page comes up:

Leave a Comment