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Shulchan Aruch O"C 135:12: עיר שכולה כהנים אם יש ישראל אחד ביניהם אותו ישראל קורא ראשון מפני דרכי שלום וכל שאין בהם ישראל כדי סיפוקם או שאין שם ישראל כלל קורא כהן אחר כהן שאין שם משום פגם שהכל יודעים שאין שם אלא כהנים והוא הדין לעיר שכולה לוים:‏ A city in which all are Kohanim, If there is one Yisrael among them, he's called up first because of ...


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In an article titled "The Study of Medicine by Kohanim," Dr. Edward R. Burns concludes: The overwhelming majority of authoritative rabbinic scholars prohibit the study of medicine by a kohen in any school where the dissection of human corpses is required. If a student is given permission to learn anatomy by observation of dissection without ...


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My understanding is that many people today will start off with the assumption that a woman who bacame baal teshuva after a certain age is just not kohen-eligible. As for your question -- it's not an easy matter, but if it's prohibited it's prohibited. ("Don't embarrass someone" doesn't mean I can ignore the serious possibility of halachic prohibitions.) As ...


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It seems like the Tifferes Yisroel (Yochin 14) there understands this to mean that the Temple workers were there to take the clothes back from them and return them to storage - and not that they actually physically removed the clothes from their bodies.


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He certainly can. All that needs to happen is to have everyone else in the room be of the same lineage as himself, or at most only one member of a different lineage (Shulchan Aruch OC 135:12). Alternatively, if all he is interested in doing is reading it and not neccesarily getting the Aliyah, he can serve as the Baal Keriya for the Haftarah if the minyan is ...


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Mishna Berura 135:34 says that on a fast day a Kohain or Levi should not get the Aliyah of Maftir. I do not see any reason why Yom Kippur should be different than other fast days.


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There is no chain of descent. This is similar to the questions about relatives who convert and the various laws of inheritence. A man who has a child by a non-Jewish woman is not considered to have fulfilled the mitzvah of Pru U'Rvu and the child has no connection with him. This is analogous in the case of the person who blasphemed in the desert. The ...


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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (Yalkut Yosef Mo'adim pg. 101) rules that a Cohen may be called up for Maftir Yonah: Kitzur Yalkut Yosef 622:9: כהן שזכה בקניית עליית מפטיר של מנחת יום הכפורים, כי נכספה וגם כלתה נפשו לקרוא בהפטרת יונה, יש לו על מה שיסמוך שיעלה לעליית מפטיר, אחר שקראו כהן ולוי. ובלבד שיאמר השליח צבור, ואף על פי שהוא כהן יעמוד למפטיר A Cohen ...


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The commentaries on the Rambam discuss it, with regards to the Me'il (which appears to have had four corners). If there were fringes attached, it's missing from any documentation we have about them! Minchas Mordechai al haTorah discusses this question and several proposed answers, but the strongest one appears to be that when the Torah says "put fringes on ...


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The sefer Tal Oros Vol.1 here explains at length the historical background behind this teaching, but I'll summarize his main points: Everyone is familiar with the victory of the Maccabeans against the Greeks from the story of Chanukah, but few people know that the fight against the Greeks did not cease at that time, but continued on for several decades. ...


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Rav Goren has a questionable קולא About Metal Watches: We generally assume like the רמב"ם (not like the ראב"ד) that מוסיף טומאהעל טומאתו only means that a כהן who is physically touching one thing that is טמא מת may touch another thing that is טמא מת , against רבינו תם and the ראב"ד . We Also hold that מעיקר הדין a piece of metal that was in contact with ...


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There's a really great website called: http://kehuna.org/ that contains a lot of materials online. There is another organisation in Israel called the Temple Institute http://www.templeinstitute.org/ They are extremely right wing, and regularly promote Jews going to pray on the Temple Mount, which most Rabbanim don't allow. They have prepared many Kelim for ...


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At least one of the garments required assistance in dressing/undressing - the אבנט (the belt), which was 32 amos long (more than 48 feet)! Also, the winding of the head covering would probably also require assistance. The Mishnah in Shekalim 5:2 mentions "Pinchas the Dresser", and the gemara Yerushalmi Shekalim 22b says that he dressed the Kohen Gadol.


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No. (Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 6:8)


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As I'd answered the other question, Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik and other American poskim of the late twentieth century would say that it is needed. "The egg is considered nothing more than a synthetic product made in Japan", writes Soloveichik! The halachic mother here is the Israelite birth mother. Many rabbis in Israel, plus Rabbis Heinemann and Hopfer of ...


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The Rambam (Isurei Biah 18:6 (English)) rules regarding when a woman becomes forbidden to a Kohein as a Zonah: כל הנבעלת לאדם שעושה אותה זונה--בין באונס בין ברצון, בין בזדון בין בשגגה, בין כדרכה בין שלא כדרכה--משהערה* בה, נפסלה משום זונה: ובלבד שתהיה בת שלוש שנים ויום אחד, ויהיה הבועל בן תשע שנים ויום אחד ומעלה.‏ Whenever a woman engages in ...


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What matters is whether or not it happened, not if it was witnessed or not or whether she was willing or not, as seen by a woman who was imprisoned, G-d forbid. (S"A E"H 7).


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Rav Moshe Feinstein, p58 does not allow it and “strongly rejects the permissive rulings of some rabbis …”


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See שו"ת שואל ומשיב מהדו"ג ח"ב סי' מג, who addresses this issue--seemingly there is a problem of אהל זרוק לא שמיה אהל, which would mean that the train would not "interrupt" the טומאה. However, the שואל ומשיב says that something which is made to move would be considered an אהל, in which case the train would be block the טומאה. The חזון איש יו"ד סי' ריא ...


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The Ben Ish Chai (I'm not sure where - I was told this by one of my Rabbis) says that in the context of the dispute between the Tsadokim and the Perushim, people would pay to be Kohen Gadol for Yom Kippur, knowing that they were unworthy and likely to die - but they did it for their cause. Both Tsadokim and the Perushim would pay for the office, because they ...


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Have a look in the Tosafos בתולה שעיברה in חגיגה on :דף י"ד Essentially Tosafos there brings a possible rule that if the wife would also be transgressing (in that case והוא אשה בבתוליה יקח) then we can rely on her. As opposed to Yichus issues where she really has nothing to lose if she lies. So we may to able to answer your question thus: As long as the ...


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Explicitly forbidden in the Rambam (Isurei Bi'a Ch.19:2) שכל נשואה בחזקת בעולה, אף על פי שנמצאת בתולה She is forbidden to any Cohen once she was divorced. As the Ramabm states ibid (17:13) that even if she was divorced after the Eirusin, the is forbidden to a Cohen. אחת גרושה מן האירוסין, או מן הנישואין


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The Limmud for "before the punishment" is from Kaasher Zamam, not Kaasher Asu (what they planned to do, not what they succeeded in doing). With a Challal, when the Eidim are made Zomminim, the whole Challal is undone and it is as if it never happened. So in the end they were only planning, they didn't succeed, so they are still under to the din of Kaasher ...


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A very useful basic guide to these laws is “The Kohen's Handbook” by Rav Yochanan Alexander Lombard. On p124, 5, Rav Lombard says that a metal car does not block tumah and a moving car is called an “ohel zoruk” that does not block tumah. (He reports an opinion that a car with closed windows may protect kohanim from tumas ohel of a non-Jew.) Similarly to to ...


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It appears from the Rambam (הלכות גירושין פרק י :כ-כ"ב) and other places that once a couple behaves as husband & wife, then they need a Get to become divorced - and permitted to marry other people. As a result, their divorce as a real one, and would disqualify her from marrying a Cohen.


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There are 4 questions here: 1) over, 2) through, 3) under and 4) a train that has traversed a cemetery The Kohen's Handbook by Rabbi Yochanan-Alexander-Lombard says on page 63: An object that is not susceptible to tuma and is not a person or a utensil and is not resting on one, blocks tuma from spreading through it. …. I guess that a railway track ...


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Maimonides (Hil' Klei Mikdash, Ch.9:8-13), describes there being two rings on the Shoham settings, onto which the ends of the cable would be fastened. Kesef Mishnah describes the details in law 11 of Maimonides as being 'explained in the verses'. I do not understand where he finds evidence for the upper rings of the shoulder straps. (Credit sam for source!) ...


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Tamid 27a states explicitly that the leviim guarded on the outside so they could sit down.


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R. Shlomo Kluger answers: It is written in Koheles (8,8) “there is no ruling on the day of death”, and Chazal explain that for this reason David is not referred to as ‘King David’ when discussing his death, because on the day of death one is not a ruler. And since Chazal explained on the verse in Bamidbar (18,8) “Behold, I have given to you all the holy ...


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The Ra’avad at the beginning of Tamid says that for the sake of guarding the Beis Hamikdash they were allowed to sit in the Temple courtyard.



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