We had a wonderful Shabbos.
At the 8:30am Chumash shiur, we spoke about the relationship between the deaths of Aharon’s sons to the rest of Acharei Mos, namely the Avodah of Yom Kippur, the prohibition against offering korbanos outside the Ohel Moed, serving satyrs, drinking blood and incest.
The drasha covered the sefira-timely topic of Netzach, and man’s role in the universe to be proactive and decisive even though the world can be so patently unjust, according to the Medrash Rabba on the parsha. We have two options. 1) Doing something about the injustices that upset us or 2) doing nothing. Either one is a choice, and there is no room to complain beyond some necessary comfort. When we are forced into option #2, then we grin and bear it.
The afternoon Navi shiur started Yehoshua Chapter 18. We spoke of it as the beginning of the end of Yehoshua’s reign and the prelude to the dissolution of Klal Yisrael into a loose confederation.
At Shalosh Seudos, we discussed Shimon Hatzaddik’s revolutionary role in establishing priorities for the Jews in the shadow of Alexander’s conquering of Eretz Yisrael.