The Prophets and the Priests
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, 22-2-2013
Judaism is unusual in that it recognises not one form of religious leadership but two: thenavi and Cohen, the prophet and the priest.
The figure of the prophet has always captured the imagination. He (or she) is a person of drama, “speaking truth to power”, unafraid to challenge kings and courts or society as a whole in the name of high, even utopian ideals.
The priests, by contrast, served in the sanctuary.. Yet they, no less than the prophets, sustained Israel as a holy nation.
Indeed, though Israel were summoned to become “a kingdom of priests” they were never called on to be a people of prophets…