36. And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded through Moshe.
Rashi: And Aharon and his sons did [all the things]. To tell their praise, namely, that they did not deviate to the right or to the left.
There are so many halachos and minhagim that Jews are careful to keep. Whether it's kitneyos or gebrucht on Pesach, black hats or streimels, cholent or hamin on Shabbos.
And yet, how many Kohanim do you know who actively learn about their obligations, their specific mitzvos whether d'oraisa or d'rabanan?
Kehuna is a gift from G-d. There are those who claim that all Kohanim are safek today. Why is this? We have a chizkus kashrus of all Jews, but not Kohanim? When did this opinion arise? Even so, the Klal gives kavod to Kohanim during kriya and bentching. The Klal accepts our blessings. They are podeh their firstborn to us.
Therefore WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION to learn all the Halachos of Kehuna whether it be Taharos, Kodshim, and the Avodah.
As posted before:
The following is from a letter by the Chafetz Chaim (Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagen HaKohain):…
Presently it is difficult to find Kohanim who know the laws and practices of the Temple Service fully. How disheartening and embarrassing. It sadly indicates that our prayers for the Temple and the Service are merely lip service, not real or heartfelt. For if we really desired it to come, we would prepare and make ready for it.
Therefore my brothers, it is incumbent upon us to…further the knowledge of the Temple and its Service. Particularly the Kohanim and the Levites, who are most directly involved in this Torah Mitzvah, for they will be the first to be asked, “why didn’t you prepare for the Temple Service?”
Here endeth the rant.