The Before and After

Rabbi Avi Strausberg

The Sudden Deaths of Nadav and Avihu

The sudden deaths of Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu on the heels of the priestly coronation leave commentators, like many readers, stunned and grappling for answers. Besides asking the obvious questions, "What was the strange fire they offered and why did it warrant their lives as punishments," we may also find ourselves seeking time to process and understand their deaths. In this session, we'll turn to a modern midrash in the form of an original short theatre piece written by Avi Strausberg as we attempt to pause time and make space to not only understand the motivations for their offerings, but also how their sudden deaths impacted their mother, their father, and their remaining brothers.