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Eerie sight: Bullets riddle chapter in scriptures that allude to death of righteous people

What shocked and stunned Jewish searchers was that when they opened the Torah Scroll they saw that the bullets had hit and damaged precisely the words in Leviticus 16:1: "G-d spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons etc."
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Israeli officials who were in Mumbai to assist in the transfer of the bodies of the Chabad emissaries in Mumbai Rabbi Gabriel and Rivka Holtzberg, later told Shturem.org that when they opened the Holy Ark that was damaged by bullet shots they found the Torah scroll inside riddled with bullets as well.

But what shocked and stunned Jewish searchers most was that when they opened the Torah Scroll they saw that the bullets had hit and damaged precisely the chapter in Leviticus 16:1: "G-d spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron's two sons etc."

This refers to Aaron's righteous sons Nadav and Abihu who, as we are told earlier in Leviticus 10:1-3, were consumed by a fire that came forth from G-d and Moses tells Aaron this is what G-d meant when he said "I will be sanctified through those who are close to Me."

Throughout the ages Jewish Sages would use this chapter to explain why righteous people die in unnatural deaths.

This Torah Scroll is now on its way to Israel together with Rabbi and Mrs. Holtzberg, who sanctified the Name of G-d and were close to Him.

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1. Did anyone check
Rabbi Holtzbergs Teffilin and Mezuzot at the Chabad house to see if they needed to be fixed before the terrorist attack
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2. May you be blessed
May the family left behind be blessed by the Eternal One and comforted in this, their time of trying.
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3. The World as we know it
The world this past week seems to be a bit more crazy, once again those who say they are righteous kill for their religion but the cowards target the innocent and those not prepared to fight back.

I am now more alarmed as America is about to put a Democrat with no real love for Israel in office what does this mean for our brethen across the seas, I think we have made a huge error and we are about to reap what we have allowed to be sown.
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4. God's Chosen
How long will it take mankind not to mess with G-d's ancient people? As a Catholic, I learned my lessons well
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5. jjones
why is there no o in God?
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6. Nu!!
At a time like this you don't ask questions like that. No one could have known to check and it just makes the avelim feel sadder that they didn't. Furthermore many rabbonim consider checking mezuzahs for post facto predictions of tragedies to be an issur of nichush
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7. its a miracle
its a miracle
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8. G-d
Why don't you put the "O" back in GOD
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9. Mr Moses
Were Aaron's two sons died due to righteous acts? According to Lev.10:1 they offered strange fire which the Lord commanded them not to do.
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10. The biblical reference is not entirely correct.
Leviticus Chapter 10 verses 1 and 2 states:

1And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.

2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

It may have been an honest mistake on the part of Aaron's sons. Perhaps they thought they were doing the right thing, but their deaths were a punishment for doing something they should not have done, which was to offer "strange fire". It isn't clear what "strange fire" means, but it likely means that they were doing something not in accordance with the commands they have been given regarding their priestly roles. Since the Bible isn't clear on what "strange fire" was, we don't know if they performed a serious sin (such as performing pagan rituals before God) or if they just made a simple error in judgement.

Leviticus 16 states:

1 The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the LORD. 2 The LORD said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

This is a warning to Aaron not to set foot in the Holy of Holies (the sacred room in which the ark of the covenant was stored) whenever he feels like it because God Himself would be there in the cloud over the lid of the ark, and as the BIble has stated in at least one other place, any man that sees God's face will die. On Mount Sinai, God allowed Moses to see other parts of Himself, but prevented him from seeing His face, or Moses would have died.

I am terribly sorry to hear about what happened in Mumbai and am not trying to indicate that the victims were in anyway unrighteous or that they were not innocent. I am simply trying to put the scripture in context.
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11. tikva
about G-d: we cannot erase G-d's name ever. So we do not put the whole name out there in case it would be erased.
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12. To #8 and 9
your comments are certainly food for thought.
Maybe the place for every Jew to be is in the Land of his inheritance.
Our Chabad martyrs are certainly now in their true Home (albeit in Olam Haba).
May we very soon see all of Bnei Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael.

Choni Davidowitz
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13. Prayer
We must pray for the Peace of Israel!
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