Torah, “Leviticus,” 10:1 – 10:3: And Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, each took his pan, put fire in them, and placed incense upon it, and they brought before the Lord foreign fire, which He had not commanded them. And fire went forth from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. Then Moses said unto Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke [when He said], ‘I will be sanctified through those near to Me, and before all the people I will be glorified.’” And Aaron was silent.
Fire is the Light of Hochma that the sons of Aaron tried to elevate, sanctify, and raise to the next level. However, they were unable to do this because they made the same mistake that Aaron did. However, this mistake was necessary for the discovery of that stratum of the ego that still was concealed in the entire camp, in all of the people, in the entire group.
As usual, everything was revealed through mistakes. There is nothing to be done about it; that is how we advance. That is how our problems are solved.
The moment that Aaron corrected his error with the golden calf, the next level was revealed immediately. His sons, Nadav and Avihu wanted to make an even higher ascent. This is the same Aaron, but on his next level, called “sons.”
They quickly tried to bring all of the shattered souls together, including such desires upon which they were not ready to carry out spiritual work, to overcome with their aspiration to connect between them. In other words, it was necessary at all times to measure very precisely to what level one can be close to someone.
Suppose that you and I are friends. We can meet, sit in a coffee shop, or go on a trip together. However, if I were to come to live with you or you with me then big problems would pop up between us because in us, in human beings, such egoistic characteristics would be discovered that we could not handle and overcome them. Instead of my yearning for an even greater connection with you, I would not succeed in getting rid of thoughts that cannot be overcome, that you ultimately would leave me.
Thus, everything must be done gradually. However, the sons of Aaron performed an action that was before its time. But if they hadn’t done this, then the evil would not have been revealed. So, in the life of the group, among people, in every person, there is always some obstacle.
As a general rule, in our day the feeling of the shattering is discovered through group activities. However, this is not the shattering but the discovery of the evil that is concealed in us that we must discover, feel, and in no way be sorry and grieve about. Instead, we must be happy and thankful for its discovery, and then begin to work with it, correcting it.
Question: It follows that, since they were not corrected, the sons of Aaron seemingly leaped a level?
Answer: Every level begins from the night: “…And there was evening and there was morning, one day” (Genesis 1:5).
So everything begins from the discovery of evil—always! The moment that Aaron corrected the sin of the golden calf, the next level was revealed to him immediately: his sons who wanted to add an even greater connection to what Moses did with Aaron and the people.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 1/15/13