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The כף החיים explains this as follows: Birkat Kohanim when recited by the priests is a blessing of the priests to the the congregation; thus, the appropriate response, as it is with all blessings, is אמן. However, when recited by the chazzan, there is a difference of opinion on how the Birkat Kohanim should be viewed. Some still see it as a ברכה, and ...


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The Rambam (Tefillah 14:8) says explicitly it's the Chazzan who calls. Tosfot (Berachot 34a) quote Rabbeinu Tam who says that the Chazzan cannot call out "Kohanim" as it is a Hefsek. He proves this from the Sifri (Naso 39) which says Kohanim is said by the "Chazzan" (in context "Chazzan" there is like what we call "Gabbai"), and from the Talmud in Sotah (...


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Shulchan aruch harav 340.6 below (See footnotes there for original sources). Brings that it is permitted to write in the are or on the table without ink becouse it does not leave any mark at all I guess making letters with your hands is similar and is permitted since it is not even remotely similar to writing and it was not decreed upon. I guess the ...


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Can a Kohen converted to Christianity or married with a non-Jewish woman recite the Birkat Kohanim after Teshuva? This answer is referenced, but an explicative part is based on personal reflection, which may be questionable. Yes! It is allowed. But I want to show two sides. At a first glance this question seems strange, why not? The source of the problem ...


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The Raavad to Hilchos Nezirus 5(15) states that הכהנים בזמן הזה טמאי מת הן  Kohanim in our time are impure with טומאת מת. So, no there would not be Kohanim pure enough (physically, etc.) to ideally perform the worship and all the sacrifices. But when all or most of the community are impure from contact with the dead, sacrifices with a fixed ...


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Just came across Halachipedia's bit on this (which perhaps is more of an ex post facto limud zechus on an established custom rather than an a priori, l'chatchila leniency): ...parents blessing their children and Rabbis blessing their students, may put both of their hands on their heads while reciting the blessing, since the only prohibition is to make ...



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