Aaron

He is dehumanized, his life circumscribed by the need to achieve perfect purity and be a vessel for the forgiveness of the people’s sins.

May 19 2016 12:01AM

Vayakhel records in painstaking detail the making of the tabernacle. It also makes clear one crucial truth: the central task of Jewish leadership is not atonement but teaching.

March 3 2016 12:01AM

When he struck the rock to bring forth water.

Marc Angel
June 26 2015 12:01AM

Moses could confront the wayward children of Israel; Aaron was a peacemaker. Both are crucial components of successful political rule. 

Jonathan Sacks
Feb. 14 2014 12:01AM

Is the priesthood restricted to descendants of Aaron, or is it open to any Levite? The answer depends on which book of the Torah you’re reading.

A. Avreich
Aug. 28 2013 12:00AM