But the Lord told Moses, Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron Tell them not to be contaminated by a soul Of their people, all but their nearest and dearest— Their mother and father and son and daughter and brother, Their unmarried sister, for her he can become impure; But for some notable among his people he won’t become impure, or desecrate himself. They shan’t leave a bald spot on their heads or shave the tip of their beard Nor mutilate their flesh when they mourn; they’ll be preserved for their God And won’t desecrate the name of their God. . . . For he’s offering the daily bread to your God, He’ll be sacred to Me because I’m sacred, I’m the Lord who makes you sacred.
Why the High Priest Is Not Allowed to Mourn
He is dehumanized, his life circumscribed by the need to achieve perfect purity and be a vessel for the forgiveness of the people’s sins.