- There are special rules governing the conduct of Priests ("Kohanim") and the
rest of the people are instructed to treat the Kohanim with special reverence.
What are the benefits and disadvantage of having a permanent class of elites?
Is a classless society an unrealizable ideal? What must be done to prevent them
from abusing their power? If the Kohanim do abuse their position, are the people
allowed to abrogate their responsibilities toward the Kohanim?
- A Kohen with a permanent blemish is forbidden from performing the
sacrificial service, much as a blemished animal may not be brought to the altar.
The quest for perfection in our private lives can desensitize us to those who are
less than perfect. Is it appropriate to establish elite schools or country clubs
which will exclude the intellectually or financially-deprived members of our society? Should
a synagogue founded on the principle of proper decorum be condemned for barring
those whose imperfection includes an unwillingness to refrain from loud talking
during the prayers?
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