“But Nadab and Abihu died by the will of YHVH in the wilderness of Sinai; and they left no sons. So it was Eleazar and Ithamar who served as priests in the lifetime of their father Aaron.” — Numbers 3:4
The medieval commentary Bamidbar Rabbah 2:23 explains that we have this reference here (and again at Numbers 26:61) — to the story in Leviticus 10:2 — because God grieved for Nadab and Abihu.
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