Parashat Shemini (The Eighth Day)
There are not many places where Moses makes mistakes in the Torah but even though he is a human being, a special one, Moses made mistakes.
Moses got upset with Aaron’s sons and it looks like they were right…
We always try to put some make up on the mistakes of great people to make them look better, but the Torah in this section presents Aaron correcting Moses his brother.
In Leviticus 10:19-20, “Look,” Aaron said to Moses, “today they (Eleazar and Itamar) offered their purification offerings and their entirely burned offerings before the Lord, but these things still happened to me! Would the Lord have approved if I had eaten a purification offering today?” 20 When Moses heard that, he approved (he was satisfied).
Here we see Moses’ greatness. He not only accepted his mistake, but he first listened to his brother.
How many times we fail not only by accepting that others are right, but we also fail by not even listening to others…
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L