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A question of halakha (traditional religious law) is raised in the Babylonian Talmud: Can a high priest leave the Temple in Jerusalem wearing his priestly attire, and use it for a purpose other than its usual ritual function? By way of an answer, the Talmud presents a story: The Samaritans in Palestine wanted to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem, and asked Alexander the Great to conquer it. Simeon the Righteous,...