Clean & Unclean Animals (PDF)
Shimini Slides (PDF)
Sh’mini Notes (PDF)

This week’s Portion, Shimini  (“Eighth) – Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 – shows the Tabernacle  “open for business.”  In last week’s Portion, the final act of consecrating the Priests was accomplished; now they can perform all their Priestly duties.

At the end of this first day of sacrifices, we see a graphic presentation of what happens when God’s Commands are violated.  Aaron’s two oldest sons are struck dead because they brought “strange fire” before the LORD.

The Portion ends with the identification of clean and unclean animals: for the purpose of the sacrifices and also for our healthy eating.

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