July 19, 2007
At first Kohen-Levi parley in 2,000 years, participants plan for Third Holy Temple
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Kleiman, who bills himself as a "laboratory-tested Kohen," believes that like the biblical Aaron, he must transmit the blessings of God and perhaps even promote peace among Jews.
As a Kohen or Levi, "you know a little more about your source, your goals, your neshama," or Jewish soul, Kleiman said. "It's a blessing to be a Kohen, to know you have this role. I think it helps a person to actualize themselves. Everyone has a task in this lifetime."
Kleiman says he also believes it is incumbent upon him to learn how to perform the priestly service in the temple, "working in the knowledge, the hope and prophesy that the Temple will be restored."
-- JTA Associate Editor Uriel Heilman contributed to this report.
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