The first section of the Sidrah (the Torah portion) deals with the laws of Kohanim, and It is complemented by a Haftarah in which the prophet Ezekiel gives the laws that will apply to the Kohanim in Messianic times, after the building of the Third Temple. The commentators note that several of the laws pronounced by Ezekiel contradict laws of the Torah, a clear contradiction of the principle that the commandments of the Torah are eternal and immutable. There are two ways of dealing with this difficulty, both of which are discussed in the ArtScroll commentary to Ezekiel (pp. 695· 7).
To the verses that seem to be at variance with the established Halachah, Rashi's commentary to the chapter offers only Midrashic comments. Apparently, this is one of the passages which, like the Book of Chronicles, was not intended to be understood in its simple meaning, since that would contradict what we know to be the true Halachah. Rather, this chapter was meant as a vehicle for the drash or the exegetical interpretations that underlie the verses. The Messianic era is shrouded in mystery; therefore, the simple meaning of this passage must remain hidden from us until, in the words of R' Yochanan in Menachos 45a, the prophet Elijah will come and reveal it to us. Radak has a different approach. Never in his commentary does he suggest that any commandment will be nullified. Rather, he holds that the drastically heightened spiritual level of Messianic times will be reflected in elevated standards of observance.