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Possibly this is a (mistaken) extension of the idea that once summoned for birkath kohanim in the synagogue service, a Kohen who declines to perform the blessing is in violation of the positive commandment to bless the people: Shulchan Aruch 128:2 Any Kohain to whom one of the inhibiting factors does not apply who does not go up to the duchan, even ...


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Yes. The two groups are perforce distinct. Either your ancestor along the male line is David or Aharon (or neither, of course). It is a simple impossibility to be a descendant of both, along the male line, which is what counts.


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A Cohen may divorce his wife. The Mishna and Halacha mention special rules for the divorce procedures of a Cohen, so it follows that may do so: For example, in the laws of how to write the names of the husband in a Get (a divorce document) in Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 129:19 - סימן קכט - דיני שם - it says: לֹא נָהֲגוּ לִכְתֹּב בַּגֵּט לֹא כֹּהֵן ...


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Is there anywhere else in Tanach where "kohanim" does NOT mean priests? 1. Shoftim Ch. 17 - 18: In the end of Shoftim the ben-Levi who served in Micha's place of worship is referred to as a Cohen multiple times. E.g.: שופטים פרק-יח ל: וַיָּקִימוּ לָהֶם בְּנֵי דָן אֶת הַפָּסֶל וִיהוֹנָתָן בֶּן גֵּרְשֹׁם בֶּן מְנָשֶה הוּא וּבָנָיו הָיוּ כֹהֲנִים ...


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In my experience (having being the Cohen receiving the pidyon haben money), a Cohen who does many pidyonei banim will often own his own set of 5 silver shekalim (I do not, but was gifted a set by someone to whom I later regifted it). The Cohen will then sell the silver coins to the father for an agreed upon amount of money, and the father will then use ...


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The Vilna Gaon taught that Yom Kippur is called Yom Kippurim - a day "like Purim" (See http://www.aish.com/h/pur/t/dt/48949286.html). Clearly Purim is at least as Holy of a day as Yom Kippur if not Holier because Yom Kippur is a day which is only "like Purim". Perhaps this person in shul misunderstood the Vilna Gaon to mean that one should dress up on Yom ...


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At first glance the daughter is either herself a convert, or the product of a kohen's prohibited marriage to a convert, i.e. a chalala. Either way she'd be prohibited from marrying a Kohen.


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The Shulchan Aruch - Yoreh Deah סימן שפד - האבל אסור בתלמוד תורה says that: ב אִם הָאָבֵל (ב) כֹּהֵן, וְאֵין בב''ה כֹּהֵן אַחֵר, אָסוּר לוֹ לַעֲלוֹת לִקְרוֹת בַּתּוֹרָה.‏ Even of the mourner is the only Cohen, he cannot be called up. The באר היטב however clarifies that in סימן ת - דיני אבלות בשבת the Shulchan Aruch says that on Shabbat a mourner ...


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There are a few opinions about the order of the names on the stones (Rashi says that they were ordered by age, from top-right to bottom-left), while Da'at Zekenim miBa'alei haTosfot think that the order is by their mothers (i.e. first all of Leah's sons, then Bilha, etc.). These two opinions can be found here. As for the connection of each stone to a ...


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Here is verse 12: And you shall speak to him, saying, "So said the Lord of Hosts, saying: Behold a man whose name is the Shoot, who will spring up out of his place and build the Temple of the Lord. and now 13: And he shall build the Temple of the Lord, and he shall bear glory. And he shall sit and rule on his throne, and the priest shall be on his throne. ...


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ABSOLUTELY NOT. Recall that a Cohen -- even a Cohen Gadol -- is obligated to contact a dead body if that's the only way it will receive a proper burial -- this is known as meis mitzva. So in your hypothetical scenario, the Cohen is now in a position whereby he is the only one who can ensure this corpse remains intact for proper burial. Hence, halacha ...


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Shaarei Efrayim (shaar 1 sif 23 and shaar 8 sif 109) says that he should not be called up in the first place and should be asked to leave before the kriah. If he was called up already, then on weekdays he can't take the aliya but on Shabbos he can.


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There may be a better source for this but see אבן העזר סימן ז סעיף ט and there in the בית שמואל and the חלקת מחוקק that deal with this. It seems clear from there that they are forbidden to remain in the same house, even without Yichud.


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The organisation Vaad Hakohanim puts out useful information on keeping away from tumah for kohanim. Particularly useful is The Kohen's Handbook A complete guide in English to help today's kohen guard his spiritual purity . Hospitals are a special problem because nearly all contain amputated limbs and other body parts as well as aborted fetuses. The ...


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While a Cohen must be fastidious regarding ritual purity, there are discrete limits to how far we require them to go. Generally, we prohibit them from engaging in activities in which contact with tumas meis would be inevitable (see discussions on a Cohen attending medical school). There is no inevitability to someone dying in their apartment building. ...


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The answer is from my own experience as a bechor. :) Or at least what i've been told about it... When i was born (<20 years ago) my parents used 5 silver dollar coins for the pidyon, in accordance with common practice (and i suppose what their rabbi said). The kohen returned the money to us as a gift later (which my parents then gifted to me). I am told ...


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Note that in I Shmuel 10:1 וַיִּקַּח שְׁמוּאֵל אֶת פַּךְ הַשֶּׁמֶן וַיִּצֹק עַל רֹאשׁוֹ וַיִּשָּׁקֵהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר הֲלוֹא כִּי מְשָׁחֲךָ יְהֹוָה עַל נַחֲלָתוֹ לְנָגִיד: And Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him. And he said, "Indeed, the Lord has anointed you to be a ruler over His inheritance. This implies ...


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According to the Art Scroll Siddur in Shacharis for Shabbos (page 440 in the RCA edition) this is the quote from Devorim 4:4 in order to show that those called to the Torah are being blessed because they are completely loyal to it. This connection that is continuing is shown by the fact that we continue to call those who are being brought for the aliyos. Rav ...


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In המתיבתא - 2001 תשס"א אייר there is an article by Rav Matisyohu Blum who asks your question as follows: יש מקשים. איך יתכן שיהיה כהן גדול נזיר; הלוא מבואר בסנהדרין(כב:) דכהן גדול מסתפר מערב שבת לערב שבת, והרי גזיר אסור להסתפר - רק עליו לגדל פרע ראשו, ואין גזירות פחות משלשים יום, וא״כ איך אפשר שיקבל כהן גדול גזירות על עצמו? You may ask how ...


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If you want a specific source which says it (although something that deducible often doesn't get said outright) here is one. The Lubavitcher Rebbe Toras Menachem 19, Achron Shel Pesach 5717 p. 286-287: ועפ"ז יובן מה שמצינו שגם הגאולה העתידה תהי' ע"י משה רבינו, שנקרא "גואל ראשון" ו"גואל אחרון" ... וידועה הקושיא: הרי משה רבינו הוא משבט לוי, ומשיח ...


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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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They have a tradition from their patrilineal ancestors. See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y-chromosomal_Aaron


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In Beshvilai Harefua #6 - Sivan 5744 there is a piece written by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Zatzal. He says that Doctors can not recognize when someone is Goses. ולענין סימני גסיסה שמעתי שהרופאים אין מכירים בהם


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No. The Torah specifies that Aaron and his SONS are invested with the Priesthood (Ex 29,9). While there are specific duties and rights incumbent on a Bat Kohen, a woman could not function as a Priest in the Temple.


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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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At my son's Pidyon HaBen, I went to a coin store and bought 10 silver half dollars. The kohen kept them. I was then in the Chabura learning Yoreh Deah in Bais Medrash Govoha. The Kohen was Rav Shmuel Meir Katz, even then was involved in p'sak in the Yeshiva. Now he is an accepted poseik for decades. As for the legal status of the money, it's clear from the ...


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In Talmud Menachos 100a and Nazir 48b, both R' Akiva and R' Yishmael hold that a Nazir who is also a (Cohen) Cohen Gadol, may become impure for the sake of burying an unattended corpse (Mes Mitzvah). They learn this from extra words in pesukim (drashah). Therefore, the fact exists that there can be a Nazir Cohen Gadol. The prohibition in Taanis 17 (and see ...


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Many implements that we've excavated in the homes of Kohanim were stone. But you're correct -- they absolutely could and did use brand-new clay pots, and then discard them if they became tamei. This was especially prevalent for cooking sacrificial meat; see for instance Leviticus 6:21.


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It is a "valid" marriage in that it needs a Get to dissolve it and if she had children during this period through another man, they would be mamzeirim (and she and the man would be guilty of adultery).



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