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Can a woman whose father's father isn't Jewish, but whose father's mother is a regular Jew, and whose mother is the child of two converts marry a Cohen?

On the one hand she isn't purely from converts, on the other hand the side that purifies her from that would also forbid her to a Cohen?

Would the answer be different if the Father and Mother's situation were reversed?

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IIRC, there is a mishnah somewhere (perhaps in seder zera'im?) that says a woman whose can trace her maternal lineage back until a convert is not allowed to marry a kohein. However, the halacha does not go according to this AFAICR. –  Adam Mosheh May 25 '12 at 5:59
If one of her parents is a mamzer, she is forbidden. –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 25 at 21:01
@NoachmiFrankfurt, who mentioned a mamzer? And anyway, that isn't Kohen specific. –  Yishai Aug 25 at 21:03
@Yishai, I was commenting on the title, and some are meikil for a non-kohen and a mamzer (likely due to a safek). –  Noach mi Frankfurt Aug 25 at 21:05

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Her father was born Jewish. We don't care about her grandfather.

Furthermore, her mother was born Jewish. Again, we don't care about her grandparents.

Source: The questions that you linked in yours.

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I don't see how those sources support the answer. If the issue is a churmah about yichus above the Torah requirement, I'm not clear why you can just ignore the lack of Yichus. –  Yishai May 25 '12 at 13:50
@Yishai, It's not even a standard Humrah, though. A standard Humrah is generally taking a more stringent approach because of some lone opinion that you want to account for. This more like Gebrokts - Minhag out of a desire to be more stringent, but with recognized boundaries. The boundary in this case, if I'm not mistaken, is the first generation. Once someone has been "born into Kedushah" as one of the sources says, there's no more reason to extend the stringency. In both cases, there is no prohibition, per se, on the marriage. –  Seth J May 25 '12 at 14:34
I'm not really sure about that. Just like the need to not have a pure line of converts goes to children, why wouldn't this. –  Yishai Jun 4 '12 at 19:27

Yes. If all ancestry was converts, she shouldn't marry a Cohen but if she did so we don't stop them.

But we prefer mizera bet yisrael -- which is interpreted by the Gemara as the need to have some amount of mainstream Jewish blood.

Yes if someone's father is a non-Jew they shouldn't marry a Cohen, but I see no reason why that should carry on to future generations.

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