The Charisma of Holiness

“There was always halachah. But after the Temple’s destruction, it became the vehicle through which the priestly task was spread throughout the people. Halachah invested, and invests, every detail of daily life with the charisma of holiness. No longer did anyone need a special uniform to single them out as priests or holy people, because the Jewish people as a whole had become, individually and collectively, “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). If the kohen represented the routinisation of charisma, Judaism – through its halachic sanctification of everyday life – eventually became the charismatisation of routine.”

Covenant and Conversation: Exodus, p. 248