When the high priest enters the Holy Space on Yom Kippur, he enters into danger. How does burning incense provide cover from the threat of death?
Rashbam has little to say of interest about Metzora. But the word “scrape” will catch his attention, and is worth us noticing as well.
A type of skin affliction called netek. Rashbam suggests it means disconnection, specifically hair detaching. A story from Vayikra Rabbah saves the day.
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.”