Parashat Shemini (The eighth day)
We read in Leviticus chapter 9:7 "Moses said to Aaron, 'Come up to the altar and perform your purification offering...' "
It was the day of the consecration of the Tabernacle and Moses tells Aaron: "Come closer..." That is really weird...
Apparently, Aaron saw the horns of the altar and they reminded him of the horns of the Golden Calf and he felt ashamed. Therefore, he decided to keep some distance.
Aaron knew his faults and imperfections; he didn't very easily forget his mistake.
Sometimes mistakes are difficult to erase from our memories... When that happens, it is always good to keep some distance and react with humility.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L