This week’s parsha begins with the verse “After the death of the two sons of Aharon,” (Vayikra 16:1). Interestingly enough it is only after this verse that GOD gives over to Aharon and his sons various laws pertaining to the the High Priest (Kohein Hagadol) on Yom Kippur.
Why however, would the Torah introduce laws pertaining to the sons of Aharon directly after mentioning the death of Aharon which was described several parshiyot earlier!?
I would like to suggest the following answer. Often times after we have to deal with the unfortunate tragedy of losing a loved one following shiva and even after the other periods of mourning throughout the year it is hard to get back to “normal” everyday life. The same is true when one feels great moments of inspiration like on Yom Kippur (i.e. which the laws described after the verse “after the death of Aharon and his sons,” are described) it is often hard to get to normal life when someone feels an all-time spiritual high post a day of spiritual purification through fasting and prayer.
With Pesach, a time of great inspiration of past redemption and future redemption just a few days ahead of us and when we go through intense periods of inspiration and sorrow in general we need to remember the lesson of this week’ s parsha of “ after the death.” In other words it is important for us to stay motivated even during the seemingly normal periods of time and see them as a time of inspiration and connecting to GOD to help both comfort us post tragedy and keep us strong post periods of great inspiration.
May what we say every year at the Seder of Next year in a rebuild Jerusalem this year come true with the coming of the Moschiach please GOD!
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom, Gut Shabbes-Gidon Herschander