A beautiful meditation on Aaron, the disciple of peace. May the light of G-d most High shine upon the face of His people always and bring all men into deeper communion and peace with and through Him.
When all the congregation saw that Aaron had died, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.
Hillel and Shammai received from them. Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron—a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.
-Pirkei Avot 1:12
Note: This was written before my blog post The Broken Saint.
Last week, I started something of a minor storm in my little corner of the blogosphere by writing a blog post (actually, a series of them) based on Fruit Fruits of Zion‘s (FFOZ) commentary on Torah Portion Shelach. This week, I thought I’d try something different, using FFOZ’s commentary on Torah Portion Chukat to set a more gentle tone.
Why did Israel weep for Aaron thirty days? Aaron was 123 years old when he died, a ripe old age…
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