Nazir 47 - Who is more important, nazir or High Priest?
Both High Priest and nazir have this in common: they are not allowed to become ritually impure by touching a dead body. And yet, if any one of them finds an unattended corpse, so that on him devolves the obligation to bury the body, he should attend to it, even though he will become ritually impure.
What if a High Priest and a nazir find this corpse together - who is obligated to bury this dead, and thus preserve the other one from becoming impure? This should be the High Priest, because to purify himself he only needs to wait for seven days and get himself sprinkled with the ashes of the Red Heifer. By contrast, a nazir would need to bring special sacrifices before he can restart being a nazir. This is the opinion of Rabbi Eliezer. The Sages say that just the opposite, the nazir should bury, because his limitations are temporary, whereas the High Priest should be pure at all times.
In this argument the positions are clearly stated. But now the Talmud begins to compare other gradations, for example, of the Priest Anointed for War and a Deputy High Priest, who is more important? This is resolved as follows: to preserve the life of the Priest Anointed for War, he is more important, because he serves the needs of many people. But in regard to purity, the Deputy is more important, because he can be called to serve in the Temple any time that the chief High Priest becomes impure.
Art: Burying the Dead by Michael Sweerts