Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Shmini: Rav Shimshon Pincus - Glory In Death

After the tragic deaths of Nadav and Avihu, Moshe told Aharon (Shmini 10:3) this is what Hashem meant when He said, "Bikrova Ekadesh; I will glorify Myself through My holy ones." How did Moshe know that their death was the great Kiddush Hashem that was foretold? Where in death lies the greatness of Hashem?

Rav Shimshon Pincus brings the Gemara (Niddah 30b) that says, "Ki Licha Tichra Kol Berech; All knees will bow to You," means death. When Hashem does Din, people fear Him and His name is glorified. There is no greater Din than death.

Rav Shimshon says, "We see that by a levaya even non religious people put on a Yarmulka and say Kaddish as they stand in awe of Hashem. When there is a dead body present all subjugate themselves to Hashem. This is why," says Rav Shimshon, "Chilul Hashem is not forgiven even on Yom Kippur, only with death. Only Kiddush Hashem can rectify Chilul Hashem, and there is no Kiddush Hashem like death."