Torah Portion of the Week: The Sacred and the Profane

Parashat Tzav: The profane is the precise opposite of the sacred, and refers to everything that has no special link to God.

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One of the priest’s chief roles is to distinguish “between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean” (Leviticus 10:10). These two pairs of qualities – sacred and profane, ritually impure...