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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 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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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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