Parshat Shemini – Puzzle

The outline of this week’s parsha bothers me. Here’s the basic structure of the parsha following the breaks in the Torah text:

Leviticus 9:1 – 10:7

For the first time Aaron and his sons perform the priestly service.

In a burst of enthusiasm Nadav and Avihu bring “strange fire” and are killed.

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Leviticus 10:8 – 10:11

The priests are commanded about drunkenness.

Leviticus 10:12 – 10:20

Moses tells Aaron and his surviving sons how to complete the service on that day.

Moses gets angry because a sin offering was not eaten.

Aaron explains why the offering was not eaten and Moses admits that he was wrong.

Leviticus 11:1 – 11:47

The kosher dietary laws are given. (These 47 verses do have a couple of breaks in the text, but I’m going to ignore them.)

Why Kosher Laws?

What are the dietary laws doing here? I don’t understand why they should be included in the parsha mostly filled with the events of Aaron and his sons.

What do you think?

Word Search Puzzle

If you need a break from the serious matters of the parsha, here’s a fun puzzle for you to try.

Shemini Puzzle

Which bird do you see first? Please share your findings in the comments.

Picture Credit: from Harris’s Hawk

A Note on the Translations
The translation of Bible verses is based on the Judaica Press Tanach.
The translation of Gemara is based on the Soncino Talmud.
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