Earlier in the Bible we learn how faithful.
But in this portion, his sons Nadav and Avihu -- who serve alongside him -- are killed instantly for offering a "strange fire before God."
Aaron is completely long-suffering and self-sacrificing for the mission. His sons join him, giving up everything else in the world for the priesthood.
They make a mistake.
This is justice?
This man told us that he lost his son, a young adult, completely out of the blue, and he would not be in touch for awhile, because obviously.
The second thing I thought was, put the father on suicide watch.
It is not even describable.
Let alone anger!
Anyone would be furious at God for this!
When the men of Israel couldn't wait for Moses to come down from the mountain, they mobbed him and forced him to make the Golden Calf.
Aaron knew they would kill him in their frenzy.
He focused instead on creating a delay.
His precious sons.
What could they possibly have done that was so bad?
CAN'T GOD FORGIVE A MISTAKE AT ALL?
I know, you can read the text, but what does it really mean?
He said: "I am a child of Romania."
They threatened the villagers to be silent.
He had to shame the Jews into helping bury the bodies.
He didn't stop until there was a monument to the dead.
Just follow the law.
Commentary: "They were Aaron's sons, but they slighted him by acting on their own, without consulting him," or even each other!
Today it is "radical" to be moderate because people are so polarized.
Look how exacting the law is.
"Rabbi Yishmael holds that they used fire from the Altar, but it was alien because they had not been bidden to offer it."
He didn't do that.
He followed the law.
The commentary Ramban says: "Aaron had been weeping loudly, but upon hearing Moses' consolation, he stopped."
What was "Moses' consolation?"
And so when Moses said (Leviticus 10:3) "Of this did Hashem (God) speak, saying: 'I will be sanctified through those who are nearest Me, thus I will be honored before the entire people,"
It was ALSO at the fact that they had GONE ASTRAY.
Moses was reassuring him that their sin would end up for the good, as people understood the boundaries of right behavior.
For me the lesson of this Torah portion is, to keep going and stay in faith.
But never to go too far -- to always hold on to the guardrails of the law.