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Why Did Nadav and Avihu Die on the Day of Hakomas Ha"mishkan

The Meshech Chochma explains that the whole purpose of Nadav and Avihu's deaths was to cause a Kiddush Hashem. When the tzadikim are punished for small aveiros people realize that they themselves need to seriously rectify their own behavior.

Hashem's resting of his Shechina on the Mishkan was a sign that He forgave Bnei Yisroel for Chait Ha'Egel. Therefore Bnei Yisroel may have gotten the mistaken impression that even when they do a severe aveira like the egel, Hashem will quickly forgive them and that Hashem is a "Vatran". Therefore by instantly killing two great tzadikim like Nadav and Avihu for a small aveira, Hashem restored the fear of His judgement among the people. Therefore their perfectly timed deaths on this very day caused a great Kiddush Hashem.

Kosher Pig?

The Passuk says regarding the kashrus of a pig "Vihoo Gairah Lo Yigar"- a pig may not be eaten because it does not chew its cud. The Or Hachaim Hakadosh explains, that these words are telling us that as long as the pig does not chew its cud it is prohibited; but when it starts chewing its cud it will be Mutar to eat. This will take place LeAsid Lavo - in the time of Mashiach. That is why the pig is called a Chazer. Because it will return (Chozer) and become kosher in the future.

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