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Acharey Mot

  
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God spoke to Moses right after the death of Aaron's two sons, who brought an [unauthorized] offering before God and died.
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe acharey mot shney beney Aharon bekorvatam lifney-Adonay vayamutu.
16:2 God said to Moses:

Speak to your brother Aaron, and let him not enter the [inner] sanctuary that is beyond the partition concealing the Ark, so that he may not die, since I appear over the Ark cover in a cloud.
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe daber el-Aharon achicha ve'al-yavo vechol-et el-hakodesh mibeyt laparochet el-peney hakaporet asher al-ha'aron velo yamut ki be'anan era'eh al-hakaporet.




Commentary:

right
  (cf. Saadia).

death of Aaron's two sons
   Leviticus 10:2. The narrative is interrupted with the other laws of defilement, since it is important that the death of Aaron's sons serve as an object lesson for all Israel. After warning the other Israelites not to enter the sanctuary improperly, Aaron is also warned (cf. Ibn Ezra).

inner sanctuary
  The Holy of Holies (see Exodus 26:33).

since I appear...
  (Rashi; Rashbam; Ibn Ezra). Or, 'Since I must [only] be seen in the smoke [of the incense] over the Ark cover ...' (Yoma 53a; Rashi; Rashbam).





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