The High Priest as Marriage Counselor Parashat Emor

The high priest is supposed to understand that there is a special bond between God and his nation, and must grasp the minute details of the system of sacrifices so as to nurture that bond.

In this week’s Torah portion, the special laws relating to the priests who serve in the sanctuary are presented in detail. These include laws the high priest must strictly observe, such as those pertaining to ritual impurity and the types of marriage that are prohibited. However, the list contains nothing that attests to the high priest’s spiritual role.