1. In the process of the "Yom Kippur" service in the Tabernacle ("Mishkan") the High Priest ("Kohen Gadol") conducted three purification procedures - one for himself, one for all the priests ("Kohanim") and only after those for the entire congregation. Should a prerequisite of all public service be impeccable personal ethics, or is that expectation reasonable only for certain positions (such as religious leaders, judges, and the like)?

  2. While the "Mishkan" (and later the "Bet Hamikdash") stood, it was forbidden to conduct the sacrificial ritual anywhere other than the central site. There is an inherent tension between the need for centralized worship and the need for individuals, wherever they may be, to feel that they have access to God. What ethical issues are involved in started a new synagogue in a community? Does it make a difference how many synagogues the community previously had? Should one strive to make the current synagogue (or school) more appropriate for oneself, or is it preferable to start a new institution which will more closely meet one's spiritual needs?

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