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The Leviim wash the hands of the Kohanim when they go up to bless the people. If a Levi is not available a first born (to the mother) can wash (according to the Askenazi custom) instead, Orach Chaim 128 (6) [MB 22].

Questions:

1) Does the Levi have to be over bar mitzvah?

2) If over bar mitzvah is not required and there is a Levi over the age of chinuch and a first-born over bar mitzvah, who gets the job?

Related Why do the Leviim wash the hands of the Kohanim when they go up to bless the people? and Washing Kohen's Hands

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From my experience, (sorry, no source) an over-bar-mitzvah Kohen must have his hands washed by an over-bar-mitzvah Levi. An underage Levi either washes the the hands of an underage Kohen, or he holds onto the cup with an adult Levi to wash the hands of an adult Kohen. –  zaq Jun 26 '12 at 21:16

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Per the Sefer Keser Kehuna 10:4 a minor Levi may only wash together with the adult Levi the Kohain. This is based on the Mordechai in Megila Perek 3 #815.

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I don't see that in the Mordechai. –  Double AA Jun 27 '12 at 5:39
    
Well the author of the Keser Kehuna did see that in the Mordechai. –  Gershon Gold Jun 27 '12 at 18:00
    
I doubt it. Did you see the Mordechai inside? –  Double AA Jun 27 '12 at 18:05
    
Yes. Did you?????????? –  Gershon Gold Jun 27 '12 at 18:46
    
Yes, that's why I said "I don't see that in the Mordechai." Where do you see it in the Mordechai? –  Double AA Jun 27 '12 at 18:47

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