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It's only a precautionary marriage which is unlikely to actually continue and, in the unlikely event it did continue but didn't work out, they could always get a divorce. They also likely had a very different cultural expectation from marriage back then that didn't require the same level of agonizing. Finally, it sounds a lot like the gemara a few dapim ...


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When a Cohen Rabbi imparts the blessing, the congregation responds "Amen"; but when a non Cohen Rabbi imparts the blessing, the congregation responds "Ken Y'hi Ratzon" (So, it may be His Will.) Please, notice that there are 3 blessings. So, there are 3 answers.


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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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When taharah was a priority stone kelim were used. So for example in the preparation of the ashes of the red heifer, Mishna Poroh 3(2) ומביאין שוורים, ועל גביהן דלתות, ותינוקות יושבין על גביהן, וכוסות של אבן בידם And oxen were brought, and on their backs [were laid] doors on top of which sat children with cups of stone in their hands. But for ...


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Non-kohanim couldn't use pottery that had terumah cooked in it, whether it was tamei or not. Kohanim ate terumah, which had to be kept tahor, so they used either stone which couldn't become tamei, or pottery which was harder to become tamei (only from the inside). But once the pottery became tamei, it had to be thrown out because then it couldn't be used for ...


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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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