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Unformatted text preview: eaten by all in a state of purity. These laws were even more stringent for the
Priests. The Priests were not allowed to serve or even enter the Temple in a state of impurity, neither
was anyone else for that matter but the priests actually went into the Temple itself while non priests
were only allowed into the outer courtyard. Therefore, the priests had to consciously be aware at all
times, that, while they served in the Temple they were in a state of purity. This made them conscious
at all times what they were doing, so that their actions and the service they were performing at all
times did not descend into automatic behaviour and that they paid complete and meticulous attention
to all their actions. The whole of the Temple service comes into the category of “Chukim”.
Understanding the commandments is not a requirement for their observance. Although the
reasons for many of them are obvious, there are some, the reason for which, in our present state of
knowledge, we cannot understand....
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