What qualities should a Cohen possess to carry out the duties of the First Priest?
- Wisdom is the first and foremost property.
By conducting services in the Temple, the First Priest represented the entire nation. For this purpose, he had to be the great in the Torah.” (“Let There Be Light,” “Leviticus,” “Emor”).
“To be the great in the Torah,” means to use the Upper Light to correct egoism. When one receives the Light of Hochma (Wisdom) not for one’s own sake, but for the sake of other souls, one is called “wise.”
- Pleasant appearance.
Even though external looks are not a significant quality, still out of respect to the Creator and the Temple it was required that the First Priest had to be good-looking.” (“Let There Be Light,” “Leviticus,” “Emor”).
“Good looking,” means that one’s external properties are directed to the benefit of others.
From the spiritual point of view, a man is considered “handsome” when he illuminates the Light. It is not the body that matters, but the properties that are of real importance. Kabbalah describes the properties of both corrected and corrupt desires and the degrees of their correction.
From KabTV’s “Mysteries of the Eternal Book,” 5/20/14