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How Do We Respond to Tragedy? Dr. David Frankel on Parshat Shemini

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Nadav and Avihu

When tragedy strikes what do we say to God? In Parshat Shemini Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, die suddenly.  Dr. David Frankel [1], senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies [2], examines Aaron’s silent response and contrasts it with The Book of Job and the outrage Job expresses when faced with suffering. When is the time for silent submission and when is outraged protest appropriate?