Not all the traditional commentaries are critical of Nadav and Avihu, the two sons of Aaron, the Cohain Gadol (high priest) who perished after bringing their own, uncalled for, incense offering during the dedication of the Mishkan, Sanctuary.
There is something very positive about being motivated by deep passion.
For some time, it has seemed to me that Aaron’s sons were motivated to take the next step and offer themselves. They themselves were the “strange fire,” and it turns out that some commentators stole my thoughts many centuries ago. Strange how that happens! Blessings to you, good Rabbi!
And to you!
Harry, Thank you for continuing to send me your commentaries.
My response is in the language that I know best.
Very much so.
Rabbi Avigdor Miller (a popular Chareidi Rabbi, born 1908 CE, died 2001 CE) delivered a free public lecture in the last year of his life, in which he taught that
Jews should pray for the Israeli Army.
I personally witnessed this; I was there.
When a Jew recites Tefilat Shemoneh Esrei, he is permitted to add his own personal prayer requests in the middle of the final paragraph, which begins with Elokai Netzor Leshoni MeiRa.
I recently began adding the prayer for the Israeli Army in that part. I know this is not the way it is normally recited, but it is permitted, and I can say it that way in any synagogue.
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck NJ told me that I can recite it even on Shabbat and Yom Tov, because it is a communal tefillah, not a private bakashah.