Context & Questions: Manifest Destiny?

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Kohen Gadol
24 Mar 2010


As Parshat Tzav draws to a close, God commands Moshe to instruct Aharon concerning the laws of the shivat yemei hamiluim, the seven days of preparation that will lead to the inauguration of the kehuna on the eighth day.

These events will launch the ongoing priestly role of Aharon and his progeny across the span of Jewish history.


Why is the priestly role within Judaism inherited and not “earned”?

Why is honor given, to this day, to a Kohen simply because of his lineage?

Are we not all “equal” in God’s eyes? If we are equal, shouldn’t Jewish society be a meritocracy?


This new feature presents questions on the weekly parsha excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s new book, Unlocking the Torah Text on Vayikra.

The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union.