Today we parachute into the world of two millennia ago. Rome's fist grips tiny Palestine who prays that their Messiah will come and toss Caesar. Bitter, melancholy Tiberius is running the early Roman Empire. The governor of Judea is Pontius Pilate who handed Jesus Christ over to that blood-thirsty mob.
To observe their manmade traditions, 1st century rabbis will not stoop to touch lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors -- anyone "unclean."