Parashat Beaalotcha (When you kindle the lamps)
In this section we read about a group of people who were impure and could not eat the Passover sacrifice.
According to the Midrash, they were impure because they were carrying Joseph's coffin.
They became impure for fulfilling a mitzvah which is a little bit of a contradiction.
This teaches us that it is incorrect to think that having dirty hands always means you have been doing "dirty" tasks.
Sometimes those who have "dirty" hands and their feet in the mud are those who achieve a higher level of holiness.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L