A ‘Your Mother’s Guidance’ post by Rebecca Masinter
While discussing the role of the Levites, Numbers 3:4 mentions Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu who had previously died. The verse says:
“Nadav and Avihu died before God when they offered an alien fire before God in the Wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children…”
This verse makes it seem as if they died for two reasons; first, for bringing a sacrifice they shouldn’t have and second because they didn’t have children. What is that about?
The Chassam Sofer, a transmitter of ancient Jewish wisdom, explains why their not having children contributed to their deaths. Having and raising children is the ultimate path to self-development. I have a friend who has a blog about her homeschooling family. Her motto is “Homeschooling builds character….In the mother.” She is so right, but it isn’t just homeschooling, it’s parenting. Raising children forces us, their parents, to stretch and grow way beyond any measure we did before having children. You thought you had cultivated the character trait of patience when you were in high school? Wait until you’ve been kvetched (whined, complained) to all day long and then you get woken up right after you’ve fallen asleep. That’s when you begin to learn about patience!