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What is the source, earliest recorded record, and reason many who are Kohanim and Leviyim write after their name HaKohen or HaLevi?

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he.wikisource.org/wiki/… earliest record – Double AA May 8 '13 at 15:57
@DoubleAA: Why don't you put it as a answer? – Gershon Gold May 8 '13 at 15:59
@DoubleAA, no, it's Sh'mos 4:14. – msh210 May 8 '13 at 16:19
@msh210 Indeed! – Double AA May 8 '13 at 16:21
On the other hand, neither of the scriptural references in the comments here is someone writing "hakohen" or "halevi" after his own name. – msh210 May 8 '13 at 16:26

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