Please correct me if I'm wrong, but since the destruction of the Second Temple, (G-d, blessed be He, forbid), the roles such as that of a Priest/High Priest and the like, were removed and similar practiced stopped. Rabbinical authorities, who have already been on the rise prior to this, took over from there to continue the truthful practices in an appropriate manner.
If this is correct, then why do Ethiopian Jews still have roles such as:
- Nabiyy (Prophet)
- Monkosa (Monk)
- Kahen or Kes (Priest/spiritual leader similar to Kohen and analogous to Rabbi or Hakham)
- Liqa Kahnet (High Priest)
- Debtera (itinerant holy man)
- Shmagle (elder)
I've never seen some of these like a Monk/Solitary man, and have read that Rabbis generally discouraged such activity of getting away from the community and being solitary, but apparently Beta Israel doesn't follow the Talmud or the Oral Law.
By continuing to have, for instance, a High Priest, are Ethiopian Jews breaking any laws since Jews shouldn't have a High Priest if they don't have the Temple, etc.? Why do they still have such roles, and are so different from all the other Jewish communities even in the books they regard as authoritative?