Every person has his or her own perception of reality, his own take on religion, and his own theories on leadership. And every Jew, as well, has his own perception of reality, his own take on religion, and his own theories on leadership. It’s striking to think about how diametrically opposed Jewish leadership is to many other religious versions of leadership. In this week’s parshah, parshas Emor, the Torah tells us that the Kohen Gadol – the High Priest – must be married (21:13). Many other religions posit that spiritual leaders must remain celibate, never to marry, as this is the sole path towards spirituality. Why then does Judaism claim the opposite? Is it not true that physicality and physical pleasure can deter one from spiritual perfection? Why do we require our leaders to immerse themselves in such physical matters? In order to understand this, we must first understand the nature and role of kohanim.