Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

There is a decree which says that all the land outside of Israel is Tamei (as there is a ch'shash that the non-Jews bury their dead outside of official cemeteries).

If so, how are Kohanim allowed to travel outside (or stay outside) Israel for any reason?

share|improve this question
    
Who said they are? –  Double AA Jul 14 at 19:25

2 Answers 2

up vote 10 down vote accepted

Per the Shach in Yorah Deah Siman 369:2 and the Taz in 369:4 since in current times there is no Tahara in Eretz Yisroel therefore there is no additional prohibition for a Kohain to leave Eretz Yisroel over a non Kohain.

share|improve this answer

“Taharas HaKohanim Kehilchoso” 12 (2) (recently published by Moshe Gross, Beit Shemesh) mentions that there is a machlokes about the rabbinic issur of kohanim to be metamei themselves in “Eretz HoAmim”. He quotes a number of sources including many Acharonim that are lenient (including those quoted in the first answer).

He then quotes sources that forbid a kohen resident in Israel to leave the country. He quotes “stimas Tur Shulchan Oruch”, Shu”t “Shevus Yaakov” 1 (85) and 2(98) and says that Shu”t Chasam Sofer YD 337 D.H. “Vehinei Beshulchan Oruch” is inclined to be strict.

Those already living outside of Israel are already tomei and considered as anusim.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.