Is this some kind of warning to Aaron that he has a job to do, so get to it, but do it right or I will make sure you end up like your kids? That seems like unnecessarily harsh treatment of Aaron, but perhaps it is to guide us toward a deeper idea surrounding the urgency of atonement.
On the eighth day of Passover, we read a passage from the Book of Deuteronomy that lists the festivals of the Jewish calendar. What does it tell us about how we spend our time and our relationships to the people around us?
Is it not strange that our liberty from enslavement by a mighty, totalitarian regime is symbolized by a half-baked pumpernickel flour and water interrupted from rising in its earliest stage of development?