An Uncomfortable Conversation: Part One
She was incredibly proud that her son had succeeded her husband and was appointed the Kohen Gadol – The High Priest. Most of her friends congratulated her, but her oldest friend asked a strange question: “What are you going to do about all the people praying for your son to die?”
“Why would anyone pray for my sweet boy to die?”
“Because anyone sent into exile in one of the Cities of Refuge must remain there until the Kohen Gadol dies.”
She ran home to call her son. His secretary knew to put immediately put his mother through.
“Is it true? Is it true?”
“Is what true?”
“Is it true that people are praying for you to die so they can leave the Cities of Refuge?”
“Hopefully, not yet. It only affects people who accidentally killed while I am Kohen Gadol. If I am worthy of the position and serve as I should, my merit should prevent accidental murders.”
“Listen, you’re my son, and I love you, but you are no saint. How can anyone expect you to have such merit to protect an entire country and nation?’
That’s the point, Ma. God wants me to strive to reach such a high level.”
“Well, I’m going to do something about it!”
The Kohen Gadol smiled. He knew exactly what his mother intended to do. He even remembered how his father’s mother acted to protect her precious son.
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