Daily Zohar # 1801 – Acharei Mot – The non-death of Nadav and Avihu
Zohar Acharei Mot
“וַיָּמָת נָדָב וַאֲבִיהוּא לִפְנֵי יְהוָה בְּהַקְרִבָם אֵשׁ זָרָה לִפְנֵי יְהוָה, בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי, וּבָנִים, לֹא-הָיוּ לָהֶם; וַיְכַהֵן אֶלְעָזָר וְאִיתָמָר, עַל-פְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן אֲבִיהֶם.”
“But Nadab and Abihu died before YHVH when they offered strange fire before YHVH in the wilderness of Sinai; and they had no children. So Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests in the lifetime of their father Aaron.”
The Zohar reveals that the death of Nadav and Avihu was only a death of the body. Their souls were taken out of them, awaiting reincarnation in Pinchas.
“וְאֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן לָקַח-לוֹ מִבְּנוֹת פּוּטִיאֵל, לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה, וַתֵּלֶד לוֹ, אֶת-פִּינְחָס; אֵלֶּה, רָאשֵׁי אֲבוֹת הַלְוִיִּם–לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם”
“Aaron’s son Eleazar married one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites according to their families”
The Zohar explains that the secret is concealed in the description of the birth of Pinchas. The verse reads “and she bore him Phinehas. These are”. The word after the name Pinchas ‘אֵלֶּה’ is in plural form that implies the reincarnation of Nadav and Avihu in Pinchas.
The death of the two holy priests is not a simple story. It connects us to Pinchas, to Immortality and the Final Redemption. Read previous studies on this subject to connect to this awesome light.