The Kohen Gadol – High Priest – serves before the Shechinah – the Holy presence of
G-d, a place of life everlasting. Representing the entire nation of Israel, his work in the Holy Temple symbolizes the eternal nature of Israel. Therefore, the High Priest is instructed not to involve himself in the burial or mourning process, concerning even his mother or father. For he must remain untainted by the false illusion of death in the infinite reality of G-d.
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Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24-23)
Parashat Emor is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 15, 5769/May 9, 2009
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