We hold our leaders in government, sports, entertainment, and religion to high standards both in performing their duties and in exhibiting good behavior. But is it right for us to scrutinize their behavior outside their realms of responsibility? Parashat T’tzaveh says, “yes.”
Parashat T'tzaveh discusses the clothing of the priests. While we today may have difficulty imagining the exact form and function of each of the garments worn by Aaron, as Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz comments in The Penateuch and Haftorahs: “These garments reminded the High Priest that even more than the layman, he must make the ideal of holiness the constant guide of his life” (London: Soncino Press, 1996, p. 339).