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Smoke of Space, Time and Soul
Nadab and Abihu were able to access the "inner"
The "ashan" [spelled ayin, shin, nun, meaning 'smoke'] of the incense offering is an acronym for the concepts Space, Time, and Soul - in Hebrew: Olam, Shana, Nefesh. Once a year (i.e. Time) on Yom Kippur we are children (i.e. Soul) of the Lord our G-d, and our representative, the High Priest, enters His innermost sanctum (i.e. Space).
Holiness On Every Level
The soul is sanctified by cleaving to every possible mystical aspect of Torah.
There are three basic categories of holiness. The duties of the heart are in the sphere of thought and contemplation. The sanctity of the soul is to cleave to every mystical aspect of Torah one is capable of. The sanctity of space is a mystical dimension of "honor".
Fragrance of Good Intentions
The holy Altar helps destroy the negative as well as elevate the positive.
The Zohar states that every sin committed by man creates an accusing angel - a negative, destructive spiritual force. When, after confession, a person places his hands on the sacrificial animal he offers in expiation of his sin, he transfers this spiritually negative force to the animal to be slaughtered, whereby it is subdued and neutralized.
Your Parents, Your Shabbat, and G-d
There are two parts of Shabbat, night and day; therefore, one has to sanctify with Kiddush each part separately.
If your parent tells you to break a Shabbat law, you are to not "honor" them by obeying. However, the Zohar surprisingly finds equivalence, namely that the respect - the awe - for one's parents is equal to the honor for Shabbat.
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