Shabbat Shmini (Lev. 9:1-11:47 )

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After 4 (or was it 5) glasses of wine at Passover last week, the theme this week might seem obvious at first blush. But our fevered brains had different reasons for this strange idea. Abducted by aliens? An idea which hit us like a bolt from the blue? Out of the frying pan and into the fire? Your burning questions will have to wait…

This week Nadab and Abihu – Levites Gone Wild, do something wrong during the opening ceremonies of the new Priesthood. Some translations say they bring forth “strange” fire, others use the word “alien”. Whatever it is, it seems they take things a bit too far. Some rabbis speculate that they are drunk. lists the following synonyms for the word “drunk” (as in “intoxicated”):
bashed, befuddled, boozed up*, buzzed*, canned, crocked*, drinking, drunken, flushed*, flying*, fuddled, gassed, glazed*, groggy, hammered, high*, hosed, in orbit, inebriated, jolly, jugged, juiced*, laced*, liquored up*, lit*, lush, merry, muddled, oiled, on a bun, overcome, pie-eyed, plastered*, plowed, potted*, seeing double*, sloshed*, soaked, sotted, soused, stewed*, stoned*, tanked*, tight*, tipsy, totaled*, wasted*, zonked

To that list I could add: sauced, snookered, fermented, obliterated and many more.

So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something which represents – in name, form or ingredients – one of those words or any other synonym of your choosing.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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