What happens when days and nights are blurred into one? I remember the difficulty of sleeping in S. Petersburg, Russia in the summertime when it doesn’t get dark at night. The White Nights cause a surreal feeling that challenges one’s natural rhythm of time and order.
In this week’s parsha Shemini, which means “eighth,” we read about the eighth day of inauguration for the Mishkan, the holy Sanctuary. For seven days, Ahron and his priestly sons were initiated into the service by Moshe. On the eighth day they finally were allowed to perform the rituals on their own.
What is the significance of the seven days and the eighth day? And, why are the first seven days in one Torah portion and the… Read More »