Nadav and Avihu offer strange fire and burn up instead in God’s fire. What did they do wrong? Rashbam suggests it’s a matter of habit versus strategy.
Rashbam – an avowed pshat interpreter – nonetheless includes a rabbinic interpretation that “uproots the plain meaning of the verse.”
With priests, sacrifices, and sins, Leviticus has lots of ways for people to ritually repair mistakes. What happens when the priests themselves mess up?
The Mishkan is finished. But Moses can’t enter and speak with God. What’s clouding this relationship? Rashi, the midrash Tanchuma, and Rashbam share ideas.
It’s my 100th post! My teacher of the year Rashbam teaches about teaching, and I reflect on some of my early gimmicks for adding content to the blog.